Saint-Gobain is a French glass and crystal manufacturer that is located Chapelle St.-Mesmin. 


Saint-Gobain produced a basic glass design intended for picnics and sold throughout the world for general use. One of its more unique and widely published products was the 1937 illuminated glass radiator by Rene Coulon, who was instrumental in establishing the Institut de recherche de la siderurgie et le laboratoire de recherche de Saint-Gobain (Saint-Gobain Institute of Iron-Steel Research and its research laboratory). In 1948, it began producing the Duralex pressed-glass drinking goblets with rims around the middle and bottom. 

Saint-Gobain Duralex french poster advertisement
Saint-Gobain Duralex french poster advertisement


The Coulon radiator was shown in the Saint-Gobain pavilion at the 1937 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Art et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne.

Rene Coulon Radiaver light for Saint Gobain, frosted glass
Rene Coulon Radiaver light for Saint Gobain, frosted glass


Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

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