In the 1890s, our founder René Lalique was conducting his first experiments with glass. Without knowing it, his fusion of art with manufacturing was formulating a new grammar. Lalique was writing the future.
One hundred and thirty years later, Tandrillah, the vase created by Elizabeth de Portzamparc with our craftsmen, is animated by the same spirit: for the architect who likes to push the limits, art has no boundaries.
Two years ago, the architect finalised the Musée de la Romanité, in the heart of Nîmes. The façade of this cultural institution plays with the silver reflections and the interplay of transparency and opacity: this is a direct tribute to the works of René Lalique.
Today, the story comes full circle, as the artist does us the honour of presenting an exclusive creation. Welcome to Tandrillah.
Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO, Lalique S.A.
It is all lightness, as it undulates, twists and soars. Born of the encounter between Elizabeth de Portzamparc’s imagination and Lalique’s expertise, Tandrillah is the crystallization of a new adventure in the Crystal Architecture collection. Since 2014, this collection has brought together original concepts by the greatest creative forces in architecture.
Unique in form and luminosity, Tandrillah is a distillation of more than thirty years of experimentation by Elizabeth de Portzamparc, the author of numerous projects worldwide, from Paris to Shanghai. This Franco-Brazilian artist has a global approach to architecture and design, embracing sociology, ecology and sustainable development. A vision of art without frontiers. This
is an aspiration that spoke to Lalique.
Since its very beginnings, Lalique has continually broken down the barriers between different areas of expertise and different styles. This unprecedented dialogue has given rise to an exceptional piece in Lalique crystal.
ELIZABETH DE PORTZAMPARC
Elizabeth de Portzamparc’s work combines architecture, sociology, ecology and sustainable development. This Franco-Brazilian artist, who specializes in urbanism and land-use planning, founded her own creative agency in 1987. For several years she has shared an office in Paris with her husband Christian de Portzamparc, the architect of the Cité de la musique. Elizabeth de Portzamparc’s many architectural projects have gained her international renown. Among her most notable achievements was the design of the Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes, which was inaugurated in 2018. Numerous current projects include a 265-metre tower in Taiwan, The Science Hall of Zhangjiang Science City in Shanghai (set to open in 2021) and the future Grand Paris Express rail hub at Bourget, which will open in 2023.