Cultivating the chandelier - Preciosa’s precious gift to the world
Preciosa’s precious gift to the world
It speaks much of Preciosa’s rich knowledge of and deep passion for the art of chandelier making that they chose to title their display at Euroluce 2017 as ‘Cultivation of Chandeliers’.
Cultivation implies mindful fostering and refinement, patient oversight and meticulous care, over an enduring period of time. It means tending to one’s creation with ever so loving care and watching it bloom into fullness, helping to
shape it into the best that it can be every step of the way. In short, everything that accretes knowledge, hones skills and builds mastery. Which is what Preciosa is all about in the world of crystal craftsmanship and has been for close to three hundred years.
Since 1724, Preciosa has used this mastery to create chandeliers according to time honoured Bohemian traditions. Combining centuries-old know-how and techniques with contemporary technology, but always such that that the true zeitgeist of the chandeliers is never lost and the intent of their creation and beauty endures.
Thanks to this approach, Preciosa chandeliers have long been, and are still, permanent protagonists of contemporary lifestyles. This has kept them at the forefront of style through every era.
Various classic chandelier styles have inspired each other over centuries and decades, and some of them have blended. Thanks to new production methods and materials, they have been revived and rarely reflect the status quo.
As different as the chandeliers may seem, their forms and styles are mostly derived from the ‘iconic chandeliers’ that have a formative influence. The different styles overlap, also influencing each other, and they have been continuously developed further since their original conception. No revolution is necessary. Instead, you need to understand tradition, zeitgeist, and have the courage to continuously innovate traditional as well as iconic chandeliers.
‘Cultivation of Chandeliers’ expresses what Preciosa has been celebrating for many years in the Bohemian tradition dating back to 1724. Cultivating and manufacturing chandeliers – and, most importantly, keeping them so vivid that they always reflect the spirit of the times, and make a statement for the future.
Preciosa presents two renewal models with long-term potential for classic chandeliers:
The shape, beauty and authenticity of the historical design continue and are presented with colours appealing to traditional and contemporary tastes alike.
The design intent of the historic piece is extracted and given to a contemporary designer from which to create a new interpretation, out of the context of time, yet without losing the original meaning.