7 Things to Love about Lalique
In 1888, artist and designer René Jules Lalique founded Lalique, his luxury French company that would become one of the most influential studios for Art Nouveau jewelry and Art Deco glass design. Today, the Lalique company still thrives as a go-to source for luxury goods, boasting artistic collaborations with everyone from Elton John to Damien Hirst.
1. There is a Musée Lalique
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In the small French village of Wingen-sur-Moder, Lalique lovers can visit Musée Lalique and geek out on the late artist’s designs, viewing over 650 pieces ranging in years and styles.
2. “Divine Sarah” was an ardent fan
Sarah Bernhardt was considered the most famous actress of her generation, gaining critical acclaim for her stage-work during the Belle Epoque period and later in silent film productions. She was a friend and muse of Lalique, often sporting elaborate jewelry he had designed in her honor. One of our favorite examples is the diadem Lalique made for her role as La Princesse Lointaine around 1895. It was further featured in one of Alphonse Mucha’s iconic posters dedicated to the actress. Her attention from artists like Lalique and Mucha solidified her iconic status not only in Paris, but throughout Europe and the US.
3. He started in jewelry design before glassmaking
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In 1890, Lalique looked to branch out his talents and opened a third workshop in Paris on Rue Thérèse. His jewelry had earned him international popularity, so he began focusing on glass design, experimenting with decorative objects and accessories. The “Beauvais” vase featured above in frosted blue glass shows Lalique’s Art Deco style and ornamentation.
4. He revamped the perfume business
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Lalique’s talent for delicate and unique glassmaking caught the attention of the perfumer François Coty in 1907. He and Lalique collaborated on designs that revolutionized the perfume business with new and attractive bottles for presentation.
5. He dabbled in interior design
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Perhaps the lesser-known ventures of Lalique are his commissions for large-scale interior design decoration. Our favorite example is the Côte d’Azur Pullman Express carriages for the luxury train line. Designed in 1928 and built in 1929, the carriages feature glass panels, clocks, vases, and other materials by Lalique.
6. He pimped our rides
The Spirit of the Wind hood ornament by Lalique is one of the most iconic car accessories and detailing for luxury automobiles. It further illustrates Lalique’s unique ability to design for a variety of product, catering to a plethora of his clients’ interests.
7. He liked classy invites
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Forget cardstock and letterpress. To promote his first all-glass exposition in 1912, Lalique designed and sent beautiful glass medallions as official invites.
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