Damien Hirst Lends His Quirky Touch to This 127-Year-Old Glass Company

The collaboration has resulted in super luxurious crystal panels, etched with butterflies and dragonflies.

Damien Lalique with all color panels

Damien Hirst shows off his crystals (Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Lalique, 2015)

In today’s over-saturated market of buzzy collaborations, great partnerships are frequently lost in the shuffle. But when a 127-year-old crystal company finds a suitable match in a provocative artist, the result is unequivocally iconic.

Thus was the case when Lalique tapped Damien Hirst for a range of crystal panels. Tasked to mix the craftsmanship of a sparkling French brand with his exuberant approach to art, Mr. Hirst’s vision resulted in buoyant images of butterflies and dragonflies, captured in colorful crystal squares.

Lalique + Damien Hirst, Eternal Collection Love in violet, $19,000; Hope in light blue, $19,000 (Photos: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Lalique, 2015)

Lalique + Damien Hirst, Eternal Collection Love in violet, $19,000; Hope in light blue, $19,000 (Photos: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Lalique, 2015)

Mr. Hirst, who once covered a human skull with 8,601 flawless pavé-set diamonds, is no stranger to working with a medium that has an ephemeral quality. “I love how crystal works with the light—either sort of opaquely hinting at it, or throwing out millions of sparkling reflections like a diamond,” he described.

If you plan on grouting one of these into your bathroom wall, ask an expert to ensure it can be removed again. Keep such beauties in the family, we say!

Lalique + Damien Hirst, Eternal Collection Love in violet, $19,000; Hope in light blue, $19,000, Lalique New York, 609 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y., 10022, (212) 355-6550.

Damien Hirst Lends His Quirky Touch to This 127-Year-Old Glass Company