The French Connection ... Quatrième (fourth) Note! glassware.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

In addition to furniture ... Mignonne Décor is known for our love of vintage glassware. We have a universal love affair with glasses of all shapes, sizes and background, no matter how questionable.

At Mignonne, we continuously seek glasses to offer in the shop. When we find something marked 'made in France', we are even more delighted to share them with you. And of course, on each and every visit to France ... the search is on for the best treasures to bring home for our clients!

One well known French brand is Luminarc. Arc International (owner of the Luminarc brand) was founded in 1825 with the manufacture of demi johns or dame jeannes, storage containers for french housewives (pictured right).

photo courtesy of Antique Bottle & Glassware Magazine

The company was purchased by the Durand family in 1926, after having a major influence in the enterprise for many years. Luminarc was launched in 1948 and benefits from many of the techniques adopted by the Arc brand like the construction of modern glass presses (1947) and the use of automatic blowing machines (1950).

Another of Arc's signature glasses are the thick-walled ten-sided "working glasses" that were oh so popular in French kitchens after their introduction in 1978.

You might recognize their shape from a delicious jam vendor you find in your local market, "Bonne Maman".

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We are usually MOST excited when we discover some vintage Luminarc glasses in one of their classic vivid colors like deep ruby red ... you've seen some like these before at Mignonne:

or these jazzy martini glasses ....
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Luminarc is still going strong, creating designs that will become tomorrow's vintage pleasures. In addition to glasses, all sorts of tabletop designs for plates, serving dishes, aperitif accessories are available.

Somehow, I still prefer the delight of finding a vintage piece from the past ... imagining its history and durability and the pleasure it will provide gracing a modern day table.

Make sure to keep checking in at Mignonne ... whether you love pretty French glassware, retro American glass from the 50s ... or other unique pieces to complement your collection, you are sure to come across something that will capture your heart and imagination, but not your entire pocketbook! we love helping build a beautiful bar or serving collection for our customers, entertaining will be more fun after visiting Mignonne!

Our guest correspondent for The French Connection is Kimberlee Mancha, mother of Johnelle and co-founder of Mignonne Décor. Now living in France, Kimberlee started our sister shop "The Bohemians" in 2009. She will be providing live updates for all you Francophiles and lovers of beautiful European inspirations.



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