WHEN THE ART OF LIVING
MAKES PLACE TO
THE ART OF RE-LIVING

Maison DEGRENNE has joined forces with the young brand Q de bouteilles to create a collection of glasses, carafes and egg cups crafted from recycled wine bottles. Emptied of their wine, but full of wonderful memories, these repurposed bottles are reborn to continue the pleasure of celebrating shared experiences, friendships, celebrations and romance.
This eco-responsible initiative focuses on upcycling, or the art of creative reuse that rebirths objects by enhancing them.

A SHARED VISION OF BETTER RECYCLING

This partnership perpetuates the philosophy of Guy Degrenne, founder of the French brand that celebrates Lifestyle by reconnecting people around the meals they share. Driven by the desire to create cutlery that is sustainable and affordable by all, he had the brilliant idea of recycling the armour plating of tanks abandoned on the Normandy beaches after the Second World War, and using it to make the dies used to manufacture his cutlery.

At a time when the consumer habits of the past are being challenged, Lifestyle is now giving way to Life Restyling. The same quest is also shared by Q de bouteilles, a young company also based in the north of France, not far from the D-Day landing beaches.

Q de bouteilles believes that “waste is a lack of creativity””. Acclaimed by Michelin-starred chefs and design gurus, the brand extends the spirit of conviviality and sharing inherent in enjoying a good wine by giving a second life to empty wine bottles by crafting them into drinking glasses and decorative pieces.

The celebration of life as art is also central to the relationship between the two brands. Both DEGRENNE and Q de bouteilles see tableware and lifestyle as inseparable to the point where the objects we use daily and for special occasions witness and share our emotions and our most precious memories.

Ultimately, DEGRENNE and Q de bouteilles share the love of a job well done. While the first proudly bears the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) accreditation label awarded to those companies that fly the flag for French artisanal and manufacturing excellence, the second has its roots in the expertise of the craftsmen in ‘Glass Valley’, the world’s leading centre for luxury bottle-making, which stretches from Normandy to Picardy.

Every piece in the collection is the result of painstaking artisanal workmanship, and is 100% French. The bottles are collected from restaurants, sorted to remove those with any defects, then cut by a glass craftsman using a diamond disc saw. A number of separate operations then follow in sequence to smooth and shape the cut edge that will ultimately be in contact with the mouth of the user. The glass is finished by polishing to smooth the surface before being immersed in a bath of water and black soap to remove remnants of labels and any other residue. Lastly, the technique of sandblasting is used to add texture to parts of the glass, creating a satin finish.

Enhanced and upcycled through tasteful design and excellent craftsmanship, finished pieces return to the table to tell their own story and promote the cause of thoughtful consumption. Changing the world sometimes begins with a simple gesture. So why not begin over a drink with friends?

THE DEGRENNE x Q DE BOUTEILLES COLLECTION

DEGRENNE and Q de bouteilles have gone back to basics to create a collection of glasses repurposed from recycled bottles; a collection for short and long drinks, complemented by a decanter and egg cups. The contrasting clear and sandblasted finishes characteristic of DEGRENNE meet the clean, cylindrical design lines of Q de bouteilles to give this collection a natural and utterly authentic character.

The range is available in clear, brown and an exclusive shade of indigo blue. Each glass is unique, with subtle variations depending on the wall thickness and base profile of the original bottle. They are decorated with delicate horizontal or vertical sandblasting, and a new logo combining the logos of both brands.

THE GLASSES BAR

COMPOSE YOUR BOX OF 4 GLASSES!
Treat yourself or your loved ones with a gift that makes sense. Compose your own box by mixing the colors as you wish !
This service is only available in DEGRENNE stores.

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