LALIQUE SS2016 Anémone Collection

 LALIQUE SS2016 collection is a revealing insight into the immeasurable legacy of René Lalique. With the greatest admiration and respect for his work, LALIQUE gives a fresh vision of iconic designs. A recurring flower in the Master’s work, a symbol of purity and innocence, the Anemone motif, is transfigured through new shapes, colours, sizes and uses. Sculptor of light, LALIQUE draws its inspiration from nature and invites us to admire its beauty. Since his early days, René Lalique explored to an unparalleled degree of perfection, all of the decorative possibilities of the flora, fauna and female form. Among flowers, the anemone, a symbol of purity and innocence, particularly inspired him, which he then made the centerpiece of many jewels and decorative objects. In 1912, he designed a vase displaying a motif of anemone in blue patinated glass, fashioned in “cire perdue”. LALIQUE gives a fresh insight into this creation transfigured to vases available in several sizes and colours, bowls, perfume bottles, and votives. Fashioned in satin-finished and re-polished crystal, emblematic of LALIQUE, the flowers are juxtaposed in a graphics play on repetition, capturing the ephemeral beauty of flowers.

The Anémone collection was built around the iconic Anémones vase of 1912 re-interpreted in several sizes, colors in a mono-product logic for a strong, identifiable and recognizable collection. LALIQUE gives a fresh vision of an iconic design: the Anémones vase, designed in 1912 by René Lalique. A recurring flower in the Master’s work, symbol of purity and innocence, the Anemone motif, is transfigured through new colors, sizes, shapes and uses.

The luster finish is applied to the products with an air gun. The mixture of air and luster is set very precisely to ensure a delicate spray. Then, the product is annealed a second time at 510°c over one night. The luster finish is applied by hand. So some pieces may have a slight variations in color and sometimes an oily appearance if the glassmaker leaves some tenth of a second too much the gun on the same area of the product. These two aspects: variation in the color and oily aspect are not defects, but the inherent result of craftsmanship. This cold glass know-how is applied on the medium size vase, the budvase, the bowl and the Anémone sculpture.

Enamelling is a fusion technique between 2 materials: enamel + crystal. To emphasise the flower pattern, the pistils are covered with black or white enamel applied by hand. The enamel is a particularly liquid material that reveals itself when baking. That brush or with a syringe operation is very precise and requires long hours of meticulous work. It takes approximately 1 hour for a bowl or a bud vase and up to 6 hours for a grand vase. Each black or white enamel coating is then baked at 510°c for one night.

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