Special Guest Blogger Ann Kaiser Brings Baccarat History to Life
Ann Kaiser – I’ve always been a fan of Baccarat, but two of their recent lighting creations have really knocked me out.
In 2009, Philippe Starck, one of my favorite designers, reinvented the Baccarat Zenith for the second time. (The first reinvention, using black crystal, produced the “Zenith Noir” in 2003.) The more recent “Unfocused” version is especially characteristic of Starck, whose work is generally streamlined, stylized and full of fantasy.
Unfocused Chandelier by Philipe Starck
I always find Starck’s creations to be a bit cheeky, my favorite thing in any design, and the Zenith is no exception. Even with a tri-colored palette and 24 lights, somehow the piece doesn’t look overdone. Zenith certainly makes an impact, and Starck has made it look effortless.
Solstice Comete by Philipe Starck
And who says the classics can’t go green? The Solstice Comète is a grand update of the traditional Solstice chandelier. The piece is brought into the 21st century with the addition of energy-efficient LED lights, which can be turned very bright or dimmed down to a subtle sparkle. And a fun fact about Baccarat: Since 1997, every chandelier features one “pampille,” a red crystal, which you can see clearly on Solstice Comète. Looks beautiful to me!
Editor – Thanks Ann for sharing more of Philippe Starck’ s designs with us. Starck is one of the world’ s most influential designers and is showcased on Design DNA for his ‘Miss Sissi’ table lamp. Petite, fun and cheerful, Philippe Starck’ s simple design was his response to 90’s excess and has become one of his most iconic and recognizable objects. Visit our Facebook page to see some images of the sassy lamp.