celebrating a little design classic

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Duralex Glasses

Synonymous with school dinner halls and work cafeterias of yesteryear, the iconic Duralex glass is making a comeback.

Made in France, the fluted-edge Picardie and straighter-sided Gigogne tumblers (pronounced je-go-ne) date from the late 1920s. I love their stylish, yet functional hard-wearing style. The original publicity for the glasses claimed that they could be “used as hammers”.

Though I haven’t yet tried to knock in a nail with my set, they are indeed practical for many other uses. The 9cl Picardie glass measures out the perfect shot of espresso for my Sunday morning latte, and the 22cl Gigogne glass is great for serving wine when eating al-fresco with the piece-of-mind that they are shatter-proof.

They are sure to bring a little bit of vintage charm to any table.

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happiness is a cup of tea brewed in a beautiful teapot

According to a recent study, Brits are making their tea “wrong”. The new research claims we’re not letting our tea brew for long enough and to release its true flavour, we should leave it to infuse for five minutes. For an even more perfect cuppa, why not use a gorgeous teapot. Since the ancient Chinese first developed a vessel for brewing and serving tea, their timeless and classic form has been interpreted in myriad ways. I think they’re beautiful objects in their own right. I’ve started a bit of a collection and love the traditional styles from the English heritage potteries such as Denby, Poole, Hornsea and Burleigh.

These contemporary Scandinavian designs based on retro styling are also on my wish list. This cheerful yellow teapot by Anouk Jansen for Dutch company Jansen+Co, or this Japanese-inspired teapot by Sami Ruotsalainen with the signature Finnish Marimekko flower, or this stoneware teapot from Sagaform in Sweden will certainly bring a little charm to the daily tea ritual.