With a heritage that dates back to 1586, a pedigree that includes an appointment as the Royal Glassworks for King Louis XV, and its current status as part of the Hermès group, crystal master Saint-Louis is a dazzling go-to for those looking for a bespoke chandelier. The Comédie Française and the MGM Grand in Macau are just two of the institutions who have called upon its mouth-blown, handcrafted lighting, and private clients around the world flock to its Paris Rue Royal boutique.
Saint-Louis’ “Grand Place” museum and workshop in Moselle is the real heart of the business, however, and a visit here will kick off a bespoke commission in style, be it something traditional in the house colours of azure blue, amethyst, chartreuse and gold or a more contemporary twist on the chandelier. Moselle offers a glimpse of the craftsmanship at first hand and clients can take inspiration from existing models – from eight-light Arlequin chandeliers (inspired by the colourful Commedia dell’arte character) to awe-inspiring, 48-light Royal versions, as well as wall sconces, candelabras, flush-mounted lights and 10in lamps (all price on request).
The glassmakers – some of them seventh-generation artisans – mix in potash from locally sourced ferns (something that inspired the recent Folia collection) and delight in daring, opulent collaborations; one recent chandelier measured 9m in height, 4.5m in width and weighed 2,500kg, with 220 lights that required 1,700 hours to assemble. Most of the works are not quite so giant, however, and a commission might yield stunningly simple votives or a variation on the radiant Folia table lamp.