On LEDs and other small items
by Thomas Edelmann | 5/10/2011
Noé Duchaufour's first lighting project for Baccarat at the Senderens restaurant sparked the idea to "distill" Baccarat's vintage designs through an object in which crystal would be only symbolic. That notion gave birth to the principle of Rémanence: to introduce the public to Baccarat's essence through sumptuous designs drawn from the archives, reproduced and engraved on a contemporary material.
Today, the Rémanence light fixture, a superb, monolithic dark mirror, fits perfectly in Baccarat's contemporary universe. When lit, it becomes a magical object, revealing the finely-chiseled phantom image of a classic candelabra. Specifically, the famous candelabra that belonged to the Czarina, the last empress of Russia. Light brings its engraved pendants into view, dangling from twisted branches, reproduced as luminescent engravings against the mirror's inky background multiplying into infinity. A polished stainless steel band and pedestal frame the candelabra, hiding the LED lighting that can be adjusted with a built-in dimmer.
Noé Duchaufour Lawrance's challenge was to preserve the essence of Baccarat and its origins, with a contemporary eye. The wager succeeded brilliantly. It has also defined a new, creative approach for Baccarat that offers a wealth of promising prospects and perspectives.