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Baccarat – shine bright like a diamond

Chandelier

Petit Palais in Paris is hosting the marvelous exhibition of the world’s most well-known and prestigious crystal manufacturer, Baccarat. I went to see the exhibition yesterday with my friend Petri.

Champs-Élysées
Champs-Élysées

The Petit Palais is an actual palace that was built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle (universal exhibition). It is located between Champs-Élysées and the river Seine.

Petit Palais

The actual exhibition covers pretty nicely the history of the Maison Baccarat  since it’s beginning in 1764 until the contemporary reinterpretations of Philippe Starck of today. However, the show is pretty compact and easy to walk thru in relatively short time. We got to the museum at the time of late Saturday lunch, so there weren’t too many people. But at times it felt a bit crowded, probably because of the transparent dividers that made you feel like you were all the time next to someone or something, even if they were in the other area that was separated only by these transparent walls.

inside the Baccara show

But I have to say that I was impressed by the history of this legendary house of crystal. The attention to detail is just amazing and of course I am always mesmerized by shiny things.

Make up table

IMG_9329As a designer, I was also very interested in seeing the original sketches and technical drawings from the 19th century.

Drawings by Baccarat

Cognac by Baccarat

thin crystal

Bar by Baccarat

boat

table

vase

entrance