Celebrating it's 25th anniversary this year (2003), the famous Luminarc product we
all love as the "Working Glass", was originally designed to be a jelly jar for preserves. That model
would have had a pressure-lock lid like typical American canning jars.
Trendy American consumers in those days were excited by finding unusual uses for everyday items...
and soon discovered that this jelly jar really "Worked" for lots of things!
The large capacity was perfect for drinks with lots of ice! The tumbler's heavy weight
made it possible to drink your coffee or tea in the same glass, too! The flexible lid we designed
made it great for storing in the fridge or even the freezer...and for carrying those home-made
lunch entrees and snacks to work or school. Toss in a votive candle, and it "Works" as a cool
lighting element. A bunch of them make great egg-dying vats for little ones to enjoy as well. The
uses are endless.
And, its thick, bulky design makes it nearly indestructible in normal use. Indeed, we're
sure that many glasses are still "Working" for their owners after all these years!
You can find the Working Glass literally all over, and it is available in open stock and
several different set configurations. A recent addition is a cute, "smaller" (at least for
this line) 10 oz size, to add to the 14 and 21 oz classics.
Sold today under the names "Baldwin" and "Arcade", this tumbler has been,
and remains, one of the most popular glasses in homes and restaurants literally the world over.
Originally designed as a food service glass for restaurants, the style was conceived to bring
out the beautiful reflection of light you might expect from very expensive glasses, into a
durable, sturdy glass body that could stand up under the rigors of heavy, restaurant use. It
quickly became an industry standard, often imitated, but never quite matched.
Homemakers soon began asking where they could purchase the glasses they saw when they dined
out, and the result was the 1983 introduction of Bengale to the world. In 1984, stemware was
also added to the mix, however that part of the line is no longer active in the market.
(Collectors out there, take note!!)
The current offering includes sets of mixed capacities and packs of 4, and enjoys a very wide
distribution in the US market.
The first Luminarc dinnerware line completely designed by and for the
American market, this elegant pattern was a 1987 creation of Gerry Clements, who still serves
as Director of the American design team in our US headquarters. In order to properly interpret
the detailed aspects and textural subtleties of the design, our French engineers had to develop
a completely new process for making the molds using computerized, electromagnetic etching. The
result was well worth the effort, and has since revolutionized the design possibilities in
machine made glassware.
Like most breakthrough products, this pattern has never gone out of style. Marketed for the
past several years under its current name "Spring Bouquet", it has sold more place settings than
any other glass dinnerware pattern, and proudly graces the tables of millions of American homes.
Spring Bouquet is featured in many retail venues, sometimes in open stock, others in 16 piece sets.
Any one who has watched a Master Chef preparing food on TV or in store
demonstrations has seen our classic Stackable Bowls in action. Called "Stackable" because their
unique, overhanging rim design allows them to stack neatly on top of one another, saving space
and allowing for several to be available on your food-prep counter at the same time. With sizes
from a huge 11" mixer, all the way down to a tiny, 1" diameter bowl, just perfect for spice
pre-measuring or egg- separating, these bowls are truly indispensable to anyone who enjoys
Our Stackables were another creation that was first made to meet the demands of the restaurant
trade and later became a staple in French kitchens in the 1970's. As Americans began to
appreciate the "Art" of cooking, they began to look for these practical tools. Soon, we were
packaging them in sets and making them as much a staple in the well-stocked American kitchen
Now you don't have to go to France to get them.... They are available at better kitchen-oriented
stores right here for you.