With the Maison & Objet fair in Paris coming up, I guess it is time to think a bit more about the history of French design. And what could represent it better than the longlasting symbol of the French luxury in home decor – Lalique? Read more about the unique pieces that René Lalique (and now the Lalique brand) created, and indulge in the pleasure of experiencing the artistic luxury of French interior design and decoration.
René Lalique was best known for his glass art creation and jewellery. Today his best known 1920s pieces can be found in the collections of museums all around the world, including the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His work in Art Nouveau style is still appreciated and continued – the French luxury brand Lalique offers a wide variety of fine art home decoration accessories made of glass. Lalique does not only mean creative window displays, the glass art could as well become an interesting focal point of your own interior design.
Lalique boutique at 20 rue de la Paix, at the Triangle d’Or in Paris. This one is dedicated exclusively to jewellery, but it still represents some magnificent interior design – a pink crystal chandelier is the center point of a black and white interior with panelled walls and marble floor. Who said that you could not recreate this look in your living room to create that atmosphere of luxury?
L’Wren Scott’s and Mick Jagger’s Parisian apartment called the City of Light was designed by the owner herself. The master bathroom features the spectacular period pieces of original Art Deco Lalique elements – ‘glass doors patterned with fountains of bubbles, floor and wall tiles, a mirrored bathtub and cabinets, and a plaque of tiles depicting leaping koi’. What more can I say? – it’s a unique, jewel-box-like design.
For an interior such as this, the The Ange set shown below could be a perfect match. This Lalique piece has crystal faucets garnished with cherubs, and its sculpture brought out by light makes a perfect finishing accent for every luxurious bathroom design – it is all in the detail.
Lalique composes well with the golden era inspired modern interiors such as this one by Krieit Associates. It fuses Art Nouveau and Art Deco in a glamorous way. The key to success in an Art Nouveau interior design is the balanced use of exotic wood veneer, black lacquer, subtle lightning and dim shades of beige and grey of a velvet or leather upholstery. For a French luxury interior such as this one, Lalique glass art accessories are the perfect finishing touch.
And here a modern New York apartment with some elements of the French luxury, created by the Rockwell Group. Its living room design includes a bronze bar with an onyx top, above which are situated lighted shelves that create a display for Lalique vases. The design celebrates the beauty of brass frames, mirrors, glass accents and light natural wood.
See how the natural beauty of the white rose bouquet is taken to an entirely different level of sophistication with the Lalique vase? The subtle sculpture of emerald glass inspired by the organic form of leaves corresponds with the nature itself. Why not think of a glass art collection for a perfect set of home accents matching the silver plated boxes and the exotic wood table?
A truly luxurious and artistic bathroom in Soho residence. The combination of plain ivory walls, high quality tiles and bathtub made of the same type of stone and a giant ball sculpted of another type of natural stone – minimal style goes smoothly with one of Lalique’s glass wall panells.
Now that you have found some Art Nouveau accessories inspiration and seen them displayed so well in perfectly up-to-date interiors, why don’t you look for some luxurious antique pieces for your own home? I’m sure that with a little effort you could find some original glass art at auctions – and trust me, the efforts will be worth it! For more interior design advice follow the Home Inspiration Ideas Blog.