Daum France /Daum /

Glass production

Daum France /Daum /

The famous French manufactory Daum dates back to 1878 When lawyer Jean, a house who has no experience of glass business, took a small glass factory in Nancy as a payment for outstanding debt.His two sons soon became business partners.The clear leadership and creative talent of his sons Antoine and Auguste gave the business a new economic scale and a revolutionary artistic approach.Production expanded from simple dishes and glasses to decorative artistic masterpieces recognized and collected around the world.In 1891, some combination of circumstances gathered in the small French town of Nansi, the Augusten brothers and Antonina House, Louis Majorel, artists of Viktor Pruve and Emil Galle.Thanks to the joint work of insanely talented and ambitious people, there was an amazing ar-nuvo style, which was later used not only in architecture and interior, but also in clothes and accessories.In 1900, at a universal Paris exhibition, which officially recognized the beginning of the new style of Ar-Nuvo, the work of Daum became the favorite of the public and received Grand Prix.

For the first time presented electric lamps, with lampshades made of multilayer painted glass, made an incredible splash.The products were distinguished by the depth of color, the elegance of shapes, an unusual eye texture and the use of a stylish plant ornament.A year later, the talented community attracted the architect Eugene Wallen and organized the Nancy School.The next decade, the glasses made of glass have become the property of private collections, and today they are sold from auctions for a fabulous price.For example, Daum's table glass lamp, created in cooperation with the eminent designer Louis Majorel, was sold in 1989 at the Sotheby’s auction for $ 1,760,000.

Already in the early 1920s, Daum changed direction: they brought geometric sharp forms to glass, which became a distinctive feature of the upcoming ar-deco.At the 1925 exhibition, the company again made a splash, receiving an order for the creation of dishes for the famous Liner "Normandy".It is worth paying attention to the fact that each generation of the heirs of Nancy House brought its zest into the style of new collections.So, in 1925, the Paul House, the son of Augusteen, became one of the first adherents of the ar-deco style.The smoothness of plant ornaments, drop-shaped shapes, transparent-dental paints of ar-nuvo, were replaced by generous ethnic patterns, geometric forms and modern materials.By the end of the 30s, the factory began to work not only with glass, but also with crystal.

In 1968, the Daum revived the old “Pâte de Verre” technique The so -called glass dough, which very soon became the hallmark of the brand.The essence of the method, the roots of which go into ancient Egyptian art, are that pieces of colored glass and crystal are baked inside the fire -controlled shape, as if repeating its outlines.

This gives an amazing texture and allows you to achieve complex and always different color transitions.Crystal turns out to be dense, not completely transparent, heavy, similar to a stone - bright and glowing from the inside.The company made it a rule to invite relevant and iconic artists of its time - including Salvador Dali, Paloma Picasso, Cesar, Bonnetti and Arman.Not wanting to lag behind modern trends, today the brand collaborates with Philip Stark, Hilton McConnico and Richard Orlyl.Daum products are known and desirable no less than Galle, Tiffany and Lalique.