BY ROXY KIRSHENBAUM
Crystal company Lalique’s connection to high-performance automobiles stems as far back as 1906, when the brand created a trophy for the winner of the famous Targo Florio road-race in the mountains of Sicily. Eponymous founding designer René Lalique went on to design 30 celebrated glass mascots, each of which remains highly sought-after today. Adding to the company’s history of automobile collaborations is the new Ettore Bugatti Carafe, a crystal decanter that references the radiator grille design found on Bugatti’s cars. The objective in crating the intricately produced, numbered-edition pieces: to emulate the technical prowess of legendary Bugatti sports cars designer and engineer Ettore Bugatti. Hand-blown within an iron mold, the vessel is entirely repolished before its hollow underside gets frosted. The stopper, made using pressed technique, is also frosted and made via sandblasting and acid treatments. Says Lalique creative director Marc Larminaux: “The latest design revives designs of a prestigious past while being resolutely contemporary.” In other words, it’s befitting of both brands.