24 avril 2017

New Collection

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New Collection

I am happy to share with you in this news letter my latest creations. Three objects inspired by the sea, that carry forward the series of the previously launched jelly fish and sea urchin.

I have taken inspiration from the building blocks of the reefs – the Corals. With their varying exoskeletons and unique shapes, they multiply to create marvellous underwater fauna. They capture light, dazzle with their form & colour and shelter thousands of living beings.

It is only natural that we would want to reinterpret their magnificent forms to show Cirripedia imprisoning light, glowing within and through the precious stones, enhancing the work and the details on the bronze, and the layers of gold and patina.

 

 

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24 avril 2017

PAD 2017 – PARIS

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PAD 2017 – PARIS

At the end of March, the Galeries Lumieres participated in The PAD fair in Paris. It was a great show, and the opportunity to showcase our collections of Antiques and Creations.

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24 avril 2017

Hyderabad: The Falaknuma Palace

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Hyderabad: The Falaknuma Palace

I am passionate about architecture, and I wanted to share on my blog a few pictures of the Falaknuma Palace that I visited for the first time. 
The symmetry is perfect for this neo-classical palace that seems to be built in the shape of a scorpion. Perched on top of a hill overlooking the city, the view from the lush suspended gardens offer sweeping panoramas of the city. The interiors subtly and skilfully mix European styles. Every piece of furniture is of a quality rarely seen outside of European museums. The objects are all interesting and of course, the 19th century crystal chandeliers are the perfect match for the grandeur of the palace.

Pure elegance are the words that came to my mind when I was there. I really enjoyed spending time taking in the aesthetics of this place.

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12 avril 2017

Concours d’Elegance Cartier in Hyderabad

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Concours d’Elegance Cartier in Hyderabad

Last February, I spent two weeks in India where I indulged in my second passion: cars. From Provence, I landed directly in Hyderabad, where Cartier was holding the fifth “Travel With Style” Concours d’Elegance at the Taj Falaknuma Palace.

The Cartier event was impeccably organised as always and the classic cars and bikes they presented – all from India – where exquisite. Cartier ‘Travel With Style’ Concours d’Elegance celebrates the remarkable design and craftsmanship that went into creating these luxurious and distinctive cars. A panel of hand-chosen international classic car specialists from across the globe judge the cars in different categories. Owned by Indian royalty and private collectors, these rare and historically significant automobiles were on display in public for the first time ever, bringing alive the eccentricities and uniqueness of the Indian automobile industry. The show was curated by Manvendra Singh of Barwani.
One of my personal favorites was the Indian Chief 1947, which was judged, Best of Show Motorcycle and Best in Class – Pre-War Motorcycle.
Thank you to Christine Borgoltz for inviting me to this event that I always enjoy attending. I look forward to the next edition in 2019.

 

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21 décembre 2016

Chandeliers and fashion soirée in Hyderabad

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Chandeliers and fashion soirée in Hyderabad

It was an evening to remember when Mathieu Lustrerie co-hosted a champagne soiree along to celebrate home decor and fashion, along with Maison & Objet and hosted by the wonderful people of Vanto.

The home décor and architect fraternity of Hyderabad witnessed a show of the designer Little Shilpa who created a collection on the theme “When Home Décor meets fashion.” Shilpa created a few extraordianry pieces using fabrics made by Vanto, Embroideries from my friend Jean-François Lesage,  and crystal pendants and pieces from our chandeliers. We displayed two chandeliers, including my creation “Constellation” seen on the photos below.

 

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8 décembre 2016

Mythical Cars in the limelight

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Mythical Cars in the limelight

Once again, I am happy to combine my passion for antique cars and chandeliers in this new exhibition at the Galerie Lumières.

Amilcar is a French car manufacturer established in 1921 in Paris. The company, famous for its light sport cars in the cycle cars category, produced competition vehicles between 1921 and 1939. It remains mythical in the history of the automobile.  Built in 1927, the Amilcar MCO, which we present, won 160 of the 180 races in which it participated. We also present her sister, the Amilcar single-seater MCO15. In 1929 an Amilcar beat the speed record to the world by reaching 220Km hour.

A very special thank you to Claude Martin for lending us these wonderful cars for the exhibition.

Until January 31st 2017, 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday.

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8 décembre 2016

Automobile Club de France

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Automobile Club de France

Last Month, Mathieu Lustrerie finished restoring the chandeliers of the Automobile Club de France. Established since 1896 in a sumptuous setting at 6 Place de la Concorde over more than 11,000 m², the building consists of two private residences that were combined to form the club.
The pioneering spirit of the Automobile Club – who had presaged the role was going to play early in the 20th Century – is reflected interestingly in the interiors. The chandeliers and neo-classique fixtures had all been designed for electricity from the onset. Similarly, the Club wanted today to remain at the forefront of technology by using Mathieu candles « LED Evolution » that recreate the ambiance of a real candle light.

 

 

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2 août 2015

Nouveau temple Cartier sur les Champs-Elysées

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Nouveau temple Cartier sur les Champs-Elysées

Après huit mois de travaux, la nouvelle boutique Cartier des Champs-Élysées a été inaugurée il y a quelques semaines. Symbole du luxe à la française, ce flagship  de 650 mètres carrés installé dans un hôtel particulier Second Empire a pour vocation de montrer au monde entier l’esprit unique de la Maison d’horlogerie et de haute joaillerie. A travers une vitrine monumentale de plus de sept mètres de hauteurs, les passants découvrent deux grands lustres génois du XVIIe siècle en enfilade, qui signent l’identité de cette boutique d’exception. Il s’agit en fait de rééditions de lustres historiques, réalisés par les ateliers Mathieu Lustrerie en collaboration avec l’architecte Bruno Moinard. Subliment mis en valeur par le très bel escalier en spirale, ils illuminent l’espace d’un éclat particulier et pare les plafonds de bijoux scintillants… A découvrir dès maintenant au numéro 154 de la plus belle avenue du monde…

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5 mai 2015

Voyage au pays de Porsche

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Voyage au pays de Porsche

Rouler en Porsche est un signe extérieur de passion. Dans le monde entier, les amoureux de la marque allemande partagent la même fascination pour ces voitures fiables et robustes, dont on trouve aujourd’hui des modèles anciens pour 3000 euros. On dit d’ailleurs des Porsche que ce sont des voitures faites pour gagner des courses… et pour faire ses courses. Rouler en Porsche n’est donc pas une affaire de luxe ostentatoire, mais bien de plaisir de conduire.

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2 avril 2015

La Galerie Lumière au salon Paris Beaux Arts

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La Galerie Lumière au salon Paris Beaux Arts

Au retour de Baroda, le taxi me mène directement de l’aéroport au Carrousel du Louvre, pour le vernissage de la première édition du salon Paris Beaux-Arts. Un an et demi après son inauguration, la toute jeune Galerie Lumière y expose pour la première fois dans un salon international. Sur le très beau stand réalisé par Philippe Renaud, la première chose que je vois est un lustre indien de la maison Osler, grande concurrente de Baccarat pour le cristal taillé. Les antiquités présentées ici retracent l’histoire du lustre du XVIIIe siècle à aujourd’hui, telle que je l’ai décrite dans le livre « Lumières, une brève histoire du temps ». Fidèle au principe d’ouverture de la galerie, Philippe a mis en écho chaque luminaire avec des objets d’art déco et des peintures. Parmi les pièces d’exception, un lustre de Jacques Adenet de 1927 d’une extrême modernité, un lustre spectaculaire d’un mètre quarante de diamètre de Chiurazzi (le Ferdinand Barbedienne italien) qui surplombe une table de 1965 dont le piètement est composé de deux canons Charles X croisés et un lustre des frères Simonet, dont les courbes répondent aux lignes d’une table à système de poirets…

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