Sublime Baccarat Crystal!
Baccarat is a wildly contemporary lifestyle that not only glorifies beauty but takes it to excess. It’s a continuous fantasy, a poetic and sensual experience that sparkles on the skin, around a table or transforms space with its light!
Where does the Baccarat crystal’s luster come from? The air blown into the glass, the fire, telluric elements and love! Nothing has changed, or very little, since the creation of Baccarat: endowed with an immemorial savoir-faire, the highly skilled glassblowers give birth to a crystal that the artists, creators and designers evolve so brilliantly. They are the magicians of light and the instigators of the most beautiful illusions.
Although Baccarat crystal is synonymous with eternity it is reborn every time the collection has been put into the hands of the most modern designers. Audacious or humorous and eternally desirable shapes that are subtle variations of the company’s iconic pieces or esthetic symbols: this voyage from the past to the present illustrates Baccarat’s ambition to write in sparkling letters a lifestyle for today and tomorrow without compromising its heritage.
Endowed with glassworks, still located on the original site in Lorraine, its archives and precious historical heritage, the most prestigious crystal glasswork factory in the world is a fabulous source of inspiration to its collaborators and all the design leaders in search of something exceptional.
Baccarat crystal harmoniously combines the savoir-faire and creativity in both technique and art. Having followed and sometimes preceded all French society’s aesthetic and decorative evolutions, since its creation in the 20th century, the Baccarat has become a privileged venue where designers can express themselves freely. The total complicity between the artists and the craftsmen, their complementary working techniques and the richness of their ‘four hands’ collaboration have resulted in unique objects full of spirit, imagination and audacity.
Since 1992 Marcial Berro, Andrée Putman, Claude Lalanne, Jean Boggio, Savinel & Rozé (the glass service Véga, 1994 and then the appropriately named Plume chandelier, 2002), Mathias (Mille Nuits collection, 2002) have regularly collaborated with Baccarat, creating eternal best-sellers : the Mille Nuits collection, which ranges from lighting to table services, is one of the brand’s mainstays.
In 2003 the choice of Philippe Starck to conceive the fantastical décor for the Baccarat House, 11 Place des Etats-Unis, in the former Noailles mansion, followed by the opening of the Baccarat House in Moscow, marked the beginning a major collaboration. The designer immediately captured the synergy between his pertinent and iconoclastic vision and the spirit of Baccarat – a Sleeping Beauty. He gave the opportunity for the brand to move forward towards a new ambition and amplified its identity by using every single element from its DNA. A series of Starck’s very successful global projects emphasized Baccarat’s alluring and luxurious image: the black Zénith chandelier in 2003, the Darkside Collection in 2005, the Our Fire candlestick in 2006, the humoristic Hic! ceiling lamp in 2009 turned Baccarat into a new trend setter…. Philippe Starck, who is either rigorous, sensitive, playful, childish or just a visionary, is in complete osmosis with Baccarat.
The teaming up in 2002 with the legendary Italian designer Ettore Sottsass (Ninurta vases, Uttu vases and Enki vases) followed by the collaboration with the architect-designer William Sawaya in 2004 (ruby red cactus Sahtel Bourj vase) are equally strong factors in the company’s evolution. These were followed by collections signed by Kenzo Takada with Lumières d’Asie in 2006 (inspired by the designer’s Asian roots) and Arik Levy (Intangible in 2007 and Torch and Fantôme in 2008) which were free interpretations of traditional chandelier craft.
2009 saw the triumph of the Spanish designer, Jaime Hayon’s Crystal Candy Set collection; a collection which was both classic and innovative with the introduction of the combination of crystal with ceramics.
2010 sees the collaboration with the Dutch designer Marcel Wanders as well as the early beginnings of a collection Outdoor/Indoor designed by the lighting designer Yann Kersalé, the architect Jean Nouvel’s close collaborator.
Sublime Baccarat Crystal!