Lalique - a passion for crystal glass
About the brand Lalique
Genius in the company’s DNA
Few companies breathe the spirit of their pioneering founder as deeply as Lalique does. The French glass artist René Lalique set up the manufactory in 1886 having previously started out designing jewellery for various well-known names in Paris, such as Cartier and Boucheron. Starting his own business released his true genius, and it did not take long before the Lalique brand was regarded as the epitome of glass art and luxury. Working with famous perfume manufacturers, for example, René Lalique conceived unique “frames” for their olfactory visions. His Lalique perfume flacons became coveted collectors’ items because of the fascinating stories that they told. That was the speciality of René Lalique: he breathed poetry into glass – a material normally thought to be rather cold. It did not matter whether his design was a Lalique vase or a Lalique figurine, each exuded a sensuous air, often seeming like a recreation of nature in glass. No other manufacturer left such a significant mark on the Art Nouveau period as René Lalique. The glass artist also made it possible for a broader group of people to enjoy his work by designing everyday articles, such as powder compacts and by developing a special glass casting technique. In 1921 he opened his production site in Wingen-sur-Moder, in the heart of the Vosges, and the company is still there to this day. However, his art has travelled around the world – in all senses. The Orient Express has been adorned with Lalique since 1929 as has the legendary luxury cruise ship “Normandie”.
Dedicated to excellence
It was Lalique’s constant quest for excellence that made the company a legend. Then as now, for example, all of the moulds used for the production are made by the company – which is extremely rare as this involves a lot of time and expense. However, the company sees this work as essential in order to ensure the quality of the end product. Some moulds need up to nine months before they are ready and in some cases can only be used once. Consequently, it is not surprising that only the best masters work in this area of the manufacturing process. They produce every Lalique vase, Lalique figurine and every other Lalique glass using skills acquired over generations, and aimed at maintaining the brand’s pioneering role in history.
Milestones of crystal glass
Lalique has written history since its foundation: be it with its abstract “Mossi” vases and their sensuous curves, or the true-to-life “Anemone” objects, which always bear a filigree flower. These items are inimitable icons. It is no wonder that many of the designs can now be found in well-known museums – or in the company’s own museum on the production site in Wingen. Lalique’s success has not only earned it a firm place in cultural exhibitions however. You can find Lalique products in its shops all over the world as well as on the shelves of leading department stores. This development was already visible in 1905 when René Lalique opened a boutique in Place Vendôme, very close to the Ritz in Paris. Lalique vases and Lalique figurines have always had a place among the greats of their time.
Lalique earned international renown for the company’s Art Deco jewellery creations, perfume flacons and crystal glass sculptures, as well as primarily for the flair with which René Lalique has managed to integrate trends and new waves in his designs. This talent was later also demonstrated by his son and granddaughter. It is sometimes displayed in the courageous shapes, sometimes in the daring colours, something that other manufacturers have been unable to bring off with the same style. That is why Lalique vases and Lalique figurines have become timeless investments and the brand is a synonym for “haute couture crystal”. From glasses and vases to jewellery, furniture and entire interiors: Lalique enables us to dream in crystal glass.