by Jean Bond Rafferty
April 22, 2012
Great glamour lifts the spirits. The revolutionary creativity of René Lalique, maestro of jewelry and glass, spanned the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries, combining both Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles into exceptional pieces that blurred the frontiers between craftsmanship and art. In the 1930s, the Art Deco splendor of the legendary ocean liner Normandie’s first class dining room glowed in the soft, satiny light of Lalique’s luminous sculpted panels. Now great glamour is again the byword of the prestigious crystal house, under its new owner and chief executive, the 54-year-old, Swiss-born, London-based fragrance entrepreneur, real estate developer and Bordeaux vineyard investor Silvio Denz.
|Lalique's black ebony Dragon Bar with crystal handles|
As the owner of one of the world’s largest Lalique collections, Denz promised to re-gild the Lalique lily with new investment and design when he outmaneuvered an Indian rival to buy the business for €40 million in 2008.
And indeed he has. At Paris’s Maison & Objet decorative trade fair in January, even the most jaded observer’s eyes widened at the results of Lalique’s new artistic collaborations. French electronic music genius Jean-Michel Jarre’s limited edition AeroSystem One is an innovative speaker system and iPhone/iPod dock, housed in a polished steel column illuminated by Lalique’s famed crystal motif, Masque de Femme; producing it required the attention of 13 master glass blowers. Price: €12,000.
The modernist Orgue chandelier, whose crystal pipes echo those of an elegant organ, was designed by Olivia Putman, who has taken over her mother Andrée’s Studio Putman.
And the spectacular first edition of the new Maison Lalique furniture collection is a collaborative effort by designer Tina Green, the wife of England’s Top Shop tycoon, Sir Philip Green, and architect Pietro Mingarelli of Argent Design London.
The Art Deco-inspired array, in black lacquer or ivory ash, is a Lalique-crystal-enhanced universe: nesting and dressing tables, lamps, headboard, console table, sideboard, cabinet and bar, all decorated with crystal insets, pulls or panels with signature Lalique emblems—Masque de Femme, Reed Piper, Femme Bras Levés, Blackbirds and Grapes.
It’s stunning. www.lalique.com, www.jarre.com
Originally published in the March 2012 issue of France Today
Lalique Maison, stunning creations dedicated to the interior design...
LALIQUE Maison, an enchanting collection of furniture and accessories seamlessly integrated into the most luxurious interiors. While trends are fleeting, each timeless piece will bridge the gap between vintage and contemporary.Drawing inspiration from the original designs by René Lalique, the collection is a masterpiece of exquisite handcrafted home accessories and bed linens.
While trends are fleeting, each timeless piece will bridge the gap between vintage and contemporary.Drawing inspiration from the original designs by René Lalique, the collection is a masterpiece of exquisite handcrafted home accessories and bed linens.
LALIQUE MAISON has emerged from the brilliant collaboration between LALIQUE and the internationally renowned designers, Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli who have created and designed the entire LALIQUE MAISON collection. This enchanting collection of furniture and accessories seamlessly integrate into the most luxurious interiors. While trends are fleeting, each timeless piece will bridge the gap between vintage and contemporary.
Drawing inspiration from the original designs by René Lalique, the collection is a masterpiece of exquisite handcrafted furniture and accessories. The magnificent ‘Grapes’ decorative panels adorn a sideboard, lamps and side tables. Each piece fashioned by hand by the best glassmakers, the sublimely limpid crystal perfectly at home in this refined and prolific magnificence, individually numbered and certified by LALIQUE.
Harmoniously combined with graphic shapes it stunningly captures light, drowning the eye in its depths and the mind in its poetry. Cashmere throws and cushions are embroidered in glass beads, illuminating sets with beautiful motifs, and characteristic of LALIQUE, such as Swallows, Coutard and Pearls of the famous ‘Woman Mask’, bringing together an entire soft furnishing collection for the home. Breathtaking designs from Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli are expressed through the precise craftsmanship of specialist artisans, the finest cabinet makers, craftsmen from Italy and France and the finest daring expertise of LALIQUE glass-masters whom ensure the esteemed “LALIQUE France” signature endures as a statement of authenticity, quality and luxury, respected and admired by discerning connoisseurs worldwide.
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