I’ve been an interior designer for awhile now (big hair was in style when I jumped in) and not too much surprises me or ruffles me to the point of nervously pacing, heart racing and clammy hands.
This day might have been that exception.
My client wanted to surprise his wife for her birthday by gifting her with a Baccarat chandelier.
He and I had secret meetings to pick out something she would adore and then I had to keep from spilling the beans every time she brought up her desires for a chandelier in her dining room.
We chose the Philippe Starck Zenith long 12 light which is 43″ high, 31″ wide and 56 pounds of hand crafted full lead crystal.
Months went by as our treasure was being handcrafted in France.
Finally the day came…
Crates that looked like mini coffins were delivered to my warehouse and we hurried over to the client’s home.
This type of chandelier requires at least 4-5 hours to put together and install.
My client was taking the birthday girl out to lunch…
I wanted to jump in one of the mini coffins.
Instead, I judiciously opened everything for my electricians and started unwrapping each piece.
So I don’t know what made me the most nervous…our time frame, the surprise factor, the possibility of something crashing down (and onto the custom Holland & Company table we just got from England) or just the fact that there are so many pieces that go into the installation of a Baccarat chandelier.
Could it be? YES, it’s done, hung and beautiful!
The cherry on top (or rather on the side) of a Baccarat Chandelier is the small ruby crystal that has a cursive “B” engraved on its surface. Can you see it under the bobeche above?
We got packed up and out of there just in time.
My clients loved it! And the birthday girl was thrilled and delighted and…surprised beyond words.
Since 1764, when King Louis XV gave his blessing to the Bishop of Metz to start producing crystal in the small village of Baccarat, France; Baccarat has been making exquisite hand blown, hand gilded crystal.
The name Baccarat is a leading international luxury brand that produces everything from furniture to limited edition perfume bottles.
And a few more pictures of their amazing chandeliers…
Image credits: 1-9 (Martineau Vermillion Interior Design), 10-21 (Baccarat), all others as noted.
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