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Crystal Ball

The Lalique showroom has finally landed on the 18th floor of the Merchandise Mart, just in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the company’s founder, French glass artist René Lalique.

 Figure and Grapes glass panel by Rene Lalique Languedoc vase by Rene Lalique 

The Lalique showroom has finally landed on the 18th floor of the Merchandise Mart, just in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the company’s founder, French glass artist René Lalique. Some of his most famous designs, including the Figure and Grapes panels he made to adorn the Orient Express in 1928 (shown at left, $3,800) and the Languedoc vase, inspired by the vegetation of the south of France, introduced in 1929 (shown at right, $7,500) are being reissued in crystal as part of the new Hommage à René Lalique collection. Also on display are sconces, chandeliers, a fountain, and the famous Cactus tables—this is the first showroom in the U.S. to focus on Lalique’s custom interior design and architectural elements. Lalique recently acquired the French companies Haviland Limoges (porcelain) and Daum (art glass and sculpture), both of which are represented in the Mart showroom—but Lalique is indisputably the star here.

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