Unrivalled, dense, clear, sonorous and luminous, born of a ball of fire and the breath of man, Saint-Louis crystal vibrates with the immense talent inherited from history and the extraordinary creative fantasy inspired by current trends.
In 1767, Louis XV allowed the construction of a glassware manufacture on the location of the previous Müntzthal glassware of the 16th century. The majesty conferred the title of Royal Glassware of Saint-Louis to it. Fifteen years later, with the development of the manufacturing formula of crystal, the manufacture became the Royal Cristallerie of Saint-Louis.
Since then, Saint-Louis signs every day crystal creations – lightings, tableware, decoration pieces and furniture – crafted by master glassblowers and cutters considered to be among the very best in France (“Meilleurs Ouvriers de France”). All possess irreplaceable knowledge and ancestral skills that have been enriched from generation to generation: crystal is mouthblown, hand-cut, hand-engraved and hand-decorated using 24-carat gold or platinum. Using these skills, they made from Saint-Louis the master of colours and cuts. With a range of above 10 shades, either mass-coloured or cased, and a multiplicity of cuttings from the emblematic diamond one, to the bevels through pearl, olive, star and cord cuts, the brand offers a large variety of styles and exceptional creations.
Saint-Louis is truly a manufacture of its time, a blend of tradition and innovation that never ceases to draw inspiration from contemporary artistic trends in order to renew and shape its identity. In the wave of creativity that swept through the early 20th century, between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, external designers brought their talents to bear at Saint-Louis, artists such as Paul Nicolas, Jean Sala, Jean Luce, Michel Colle and Maurice Dufrêne, to name but a few.
Today, Saint-Louis continues to call on the imagination and skills of designers who open the way to new uses for crystal – and so the tableware, decorative object and lighting collections are enriched by the creations of Eric Gizard, Hervé van der Straeten, Ionna Vautrin, José Lévy, Kiki van Eijk, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Paola Navone. They are objects whose beauty magnifies the moments of pleasure and conviviality.