‘Le Roi Soleil’ is a special chandelier! Designed for Studio Baccarat, it pays tribute to the illustrious monarch Louis XIV and has the signature of the renowned interior designer Marcel Wanders. It draws upon baccarat’s iconic ‘zénith’ chandelier which sees wanders re-designing its contours and softening the angles. ‘Le Roi Soleil’ acts a symbol of modernity through its embracing curves and crystal shades which are adjourned with cut motifs. A limited edition piece of art for the exquisite and luxury world of Baccarat.
Marcel Wanders have stretched and distorted the twisted branches, tassels and octagons to create a perfect heavenly body. The chandelier, which comes in four different versions, contains a small subtle red jewel that makes reference to the original ‘zénith’ design.
Marcel’s says that ‘in an ode to the know-how of the manufactory’s artisans, I set out to celebrate the timeless quality of the zénith chandelier, a baccarat icon. ‘Le Roi Soleil’ glitters and radiates throughout a kingdom of light.’
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The dazzling piece is accompanied by a small table that draws upon the ‘new antique’ vase the dutch designer created in 2014. the vessel has been turned upside down and crowned with a white marble top, re-inventing the original model into a complimentary furniture piece. it contains a subtly concealed rechargeable LED system which creates a captivating aura.
Marcel Wanders’ ‘Le Roi Soleil’ chandelier is one of three new lighting pieces, influenced by the unique savoir-faire and mastery of baccarat. presented during Milan design week 2016 as part of the legendary Maison’s exhibition ‘lumières out of the box’ – within the historic setting of the Brera academy of fine arts’ sala Napoleonica – wanders’ lighting piece, alongside designs by Arik Levy and Hans van Bentem, was suspended within an oversized shipping crate with reflective walls; the scenography beautifully symbolising baccarat’s ability to interpret its 250 years of heritage and history with modernity and glamour.
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Marcel’s powerhouse studio numbers around 50 international design specialists, and he is a prolific product and interior designer and art director, ubiquitous with over 1700+ projects to his name for private clients and premium brands such as Alessi, Bisazza, KLM, Flos, Swarovski, Puma, among scores of others.
Inspired by this gorgeous chandelier? Now, it is time to go inside Marcel Wanders interior design inspirations with an exclusive interview by Coveted Magazine at Maison et Objet January 2016:
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