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.
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.