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.

22 avril 2017

Visit of the Maharani of Baroda

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Visit of the Maharani of Baroda

I had the honour and the great pleasure of the visit of the Maharani of Baroda a few weeks back in our workshops in Provence. And I take this occasion to share with you a very well written article by AD India about the restoration work we undertook at the palace of Baroda. It has been a privilege for us to restore the chandeliers of the Durbar hall to their original beauty and glory. All thanks for this are due to the efforts of my friend, Architect Karan Grover who initiated the project.

Chronicles of a few well-travelled chandeliers

From London to Vadodara, with pit stops at New Delhi and France, the chandeliers in the durbar hall at the Lukshmi Villas Palace are better travelled than most people. French lighting brand Mathieu Lustrerie ensures that they are none the worse for wear.

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.

 

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.

 

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.