Art Deco Inspiration: Lalique Maison

Recently, while designing the Owners’ Suites on Oceania’s Marina and Riviera cruise ships, I became intrigued by the designs of the French luxury brand Lalique. The chandelier and railings they had done for the ships’ grand staircases impressed me; the artistry and detail appeared flawless. This is why I was excited when the SBL team had the opportunity to attend the launch of Lalique’s new Maison line of furniture and accessories, which was unveiled in New York last week at a store party co-hosted by Dara Caponigro, editor-in-chief of Veranda magazine.

Lalique has been around for over a century, but they’ve only recently expanded into making furniture. Seeing their new line at the event solidified my interest. The collection was made in collaboration with internationally renowned designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli, and they have reinvented the brand in this chic, modern way. It may be something I spec for projects going forward.

For those not familiar, the company was founded by René Lalique, a Parisian glass artist and jewelry designer who came to prominence in the early 20th century. His eponymously named firm was originally known for its Art Deco creations. Lalique was famous for softening the geometric shapes of his glass sculptures with images of flora, fauna, and the female form. At the event, we noticed the same Art Deco touches on many of the new Maison pieces, which also have imagery of women, birds, and grapes—true to Lalique’s originals.

The new furniture line is très luxe and I am particularly drawn to the Orgue lighting collection and the graphic black-and-white silhouettes of their lacquered pieces and upholstery items.

The Orgue chandelier and Orgue table lamp.

Masque de femme console

Coutard pillows, made of ivory silk and glass black beads.

Masque de femme contemporary sofa.

Orgue wall sconce.

Hirondelles cushions made of ivory silk and glass silver beads.

Black  lacquered accessories.

I’ll leave you with this last image of the Orgue chandelier installed at the event. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s quite inspiring!



  • 6 years ago quintessence

    Isn’t the collection stunning?! I saw it at Maison and again at their new studio on lower Fifth Avenue, where it looks like the party was. I also especially love the architectural panels they can customize. I think they would be stunning as pocket doors into a luxurious bathroom!

    • 6 years ago Susan Bednar Long

      The collection is, indeed, stunning! And the pocket doors would be lovely in a bathroom!


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