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Daum’s fine crystals marry the best in contemporary art and traditional craftsmanship
The radical-thinking Parisbased maestro believes that DAUM’S FINE CRYSTALS should NOT JUST REPRESENT LUXURY PRODUCTS; they should ALSO REFLECT THE FRENCH JOIE DE VIVRE AND THE ART OF LIVING.
Walking into Daum is like entering a wondrous crystal palace, where flights of fancy are crystallised into the most fascinating form and colour. From spectacular art pieces to exotic wildlife, each crystal at Daum captures the vision and savoir-faire of top artists and artisans.
In fact, no less than 350 famous figures have contributed to the visual wonderland that Daum offers today. Salvador Dali, Cesar, Philippe Starck and names you would typically find in contemporary art museums have contributed to Daum’s exquisite crystal repertoire.
That such iconic artists have chosen to collaborate with Daum is surely a testament to its heritage of luxury
and craftsmanship. Founded in 1878 by Jean Daum, the crystal house is built on some 135 years of exceptional expertise and know-how.
Each crystal by Daum is so exquisite because it is hand crafted by the finest artisans via a technique known as lost wax casting. Put simply, a wax model of the sculpture is first created and used to cast a mould. Molten crystal is then poured into the mould to create the final artwork. This unique method is perfected by Daum to achieve intricate details that would be impossible with the traditional blown crystal technique.
To add to the visual wonder of each product, an impressive palette of 40 shades of top-quality pigments is used to create spectacular colour effects and achieve the perfect harmony and transparency. A crystal masterpiece is thus born.
Of course, technique is nothing without creative vision. None other than design maven Mauricio Clavero Kozlowski helms the crystal house as Creative Director.
Born in Santiago, Chile, Kozlowski is known for his pate de verre (glass paste) work and distinct Art Nouveau style. His signature pieces are often nature-inspired and feature captivating motifs of vines and flowers.
In addition to personally creating some of the most stunning crystal pieces, Kozlowski also constantly sets the vision for the brand, provides creative direction, and sources for the most vital contemporary artists to collaborate with. The radical-thinking Paris-based maestro believes that Daum’s fine crystals should not just represent luxury products; they should also reflect the French joie de vivre and the art of living.
Under his artistic eye, Daum has created the finest crystal collections in categories such as interior architecture, art publications, floral collections, animal sculptures, special products, as well as gifts and jewellery. From elegant furniture to unique sculptures, spiritual treasures, and statement rings and pendants, each Daum crystal is inimitable, introspective and luxurious.