The storied French crystal maker Saint-Louis presents what is perhaps the most extravagant holiday installation currently on display in Hong Kong with “A Crystal Tale.”
On view through the first of January at Elements, the exhibit is an interpretation of the Vosges forest in France. Spectators step into a Parisian apartment decorated with various Saint-Louis crystal collections, from dinnerware to colourful chandeliers. “It was conceptualized to give a glimpse of the Saint-Louis lifestyle,” offers Saint-Louis CEO Jérôme de Lavergnolle, who was in Hong Kong for a few days to oversee the installation.
Initially known for its tableware, the illustrious brand was established in 1586 and acquired by Hermès in 1989. It’s since evolved to become a lifestyle company with contemporary offerings spanning glassware, ornaments, centrepieces, and chandeliers that can be purchased either ready-made or completely bespoke. The highlight of the installation, however, remains to be the spectacular chandelier-tree valued at over HK$8.8 million.
Saint-Louis CEO Jérôme de Lavergnolle
“The best way to celebrate the season is to have a Christmas tree,” says de Lavergnolle, “but this is more of a lighting sculpture, and it was a long process because it’s a unique piece that hasn’t been created before.”
He adds, “Saint-Louis has had similar collaborations in the past, but none as large-scale as ‘A Crystal Tale.’”
The exhibit also marks the very first time that select pieces from the Saint-Louis museum have been transported and put on display for public enjoyment. “The paperweight, for instance, is very important as it concentrates on the DNA of the brand and showcases all the techniques we still use today — the cutting, blowing, the use of colour, the gold and platinum embellishments,” Jerome says, gesturing toward the Giant Piédouche — the largest and heaviest paperweight in the world. “More than highlighting our products, we wanted to illustrate our history.”
The Saint-Louis flagship store in Hong Kong is on 3 Yun Ping Road, China Taiping Tower, Causeway Bay.
Images courtesy of Saint-Louis