24th November 2022 | IN PRODUCT NEWS | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn Lalique has unveiled a new collaboration with American artist James Turrell who is famed for working with light and space to create artworks that engage viewers with the limits and wonder of human perception. It is the first time the celebrated light artist has worked on small scale pieces. This unique coming together of two ‘artists of light’ is the result of over four years of close collaboration. It comes at a time when Lalique celebrates its Alsatian factory’s 100-year Anniversary. The collaboration, which consists of 42 crystal light panels and two perfume bottles, each in a limited edition of 100, was presented at Paris+ par Art Basel on 20-23 October 2022. It is the first time Lalique Art was an official partner of the world-renowned art fair. The bottles James Turrell began the collaboration by designing the two perfume bottles. Fascinated by Egypt and the stupa shapes found in Asia, Turrell used their architectural structure, monuments of high spiritual value in which light plays an essential role, as inspiration. Combining artistic and olfactory sensibilities, the two flacons Range Rider and Purple Sage are inspired by Zane Grey’s ‘Riders of the Purple Sage’ and the artist’s desire to recreate the beauty of the American West. The striking result: prisms that diffuse and diffract the light. Entirely handmade, the design presented a major challenge for the Lalique artisans – obtaining crystal of a uniform thickness, to ensure the correct density of colour and homogeneity. Working closely with Lalique’s perfumers, the collaboration also sees the first scent ever co-created by an artist for Lalique. A first scent, Range Rider, captures the natural fragrances of the artist’s land, Arizona, including sage-scratched leather chaps, pepper, amber, and citrus. It is an olfactory architecture that speaks of sun-drenched Western ranching. A second scent, Purple Sage, named after this delicate, queen of plants that blooms in Arizona, offers a different interpretation of Turrell’s relationship with the American West, undulating between delicacy and strength. The bottle, with its soft curves, is a tribute to the eternal feminine form. The perfume has a delicately fruity, musky scent, revealing notes of purple sage, mandarin, grapefruit, and rhubarb. The panels The 42 light panels, named Crystal Light, are inspired by an image of James Turrell’s Aten Reign installation, exhibited at the Guggenheim in 2013. Originally planned in colours, the panel was finally produced in clear crystal. The rippling colours were then produced using a screen placed behind the work. The design offers a hypnotic visual effect between the third and second dimension – similar to a trompe l’oeil, with intriguing depth. The artists The collaboration was first born from a meeting between the artist and Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique, “I immediately thought there should be a collaboration between Lalique and James Turrell – the light artist. It makes perfect sense when you recall that René Lalique was known as the ‘sculptor of light’.” “This is a profound artistic adventure whose result expresses a rare elegance and modernity. A seemingly impossible challenge. I am both proud and very happy that this great name is joining the prestigious circle of Lalique’s contributing artists.” James Turrell added, “The nature of my work is the shaping of light. Light is the material; perception is the medium. I knew of René Lalique, but I didn’t know the extent of his creativity. At the Lalique factory, when I watched the master artisans, I was fascinated by their technical virtuosity. They are truly artists.” “This is the first time I have designed perfumes and made crystal pieces. The olfactory sense elicits memory more so than any other sense and it was with Lalique and the perfumers, that I was able to do this. Creating a perfume is a bit like creating a world you have known. “Like René Lalique, I seek light and will continue to seek it.” Explore the collection About Lalique Founded in 1888 by renowned and avant-garde artist René Lalique, Lalique is one of the crown jewels of France’s crystal glass houses. Lalique is a symbol of unique know-how and craftmanship, a lifestyle luxury brand with an immediately recognizable style. Lalique enriches our everyday lives, bringing artistic style to singular creations in six areas: decorative items, interior design, perfumes, jewellery, works of art and hospitality. Visit Profile If you’d like to feature your product news here, get in touch to find out more. If you’d like to become SBID Accredited, click here for more information.