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Maison de Baccarat
Maison de Baccarat Review
Designer Philippe Starck brought an irreverent Alice in Wonderland approach to the HQ and museum of the venerable Baccarat crystal firm. Relocated to the 16e arrondissement in 2003, Starck played on the building's surrealist legacy: Cocteau, Dalí, Buñuel, and Man Ray were all frequent guests of the mansion's onetime owner, Countess Marie-Laure de Noailles. At the entrance, talking heads are projected onto giant crystal urns, and a lighted chandelier is submerged in an aquarium. Upstairs, the museum features masterworks created by Baccarat since 1764, including soaring candlesticks made for Czar Nicholas II and the perfume flacon Dalí designed for Schiaparelli. Don't miss the rotunda's "Alchemy” section by Gérard Garouste showcasing the technical history of cutting, wheel-engraving, enamelling, and gilding. If you’re in the mood for shopping, contemporary crystal by top-name designers, as well as stemware, vases, tableware, jewelry, chandeliers, and even furniture is sold in the onsite shop. Set aside a few moments to enjoy the little park just outside in the Place des États-Unis with impressive statues of Washington and Lafayette.
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