With a history stretching back to the late 1500s, Saint-Louis is heralded as France's first glass manufacturer. Even today, the company is still praised for its high-quality artisan creations in crystal glass, specifically in regard to lighting. In 2023, Saint-Louis's beautiful light fixtures were put on display in an immersive exhibition titled LUMIÈRES at the Santa Maria del Carmine church for Milan Design Week.
Saint-Louis worked in collaboration with Nonotak Studio to create the experience. It featured a combination of eye-catching light fixtures and a soundscape that was timed to the movements, highlighting the relationship between crystal and sound. LUMIÈRES is compromises five different light displays: pulsations, rotations, vibrations, projections, and diffractions. Each show follows a different choreography and rhythm.
Among the pieces installed in the church are intricate lantern pendants that create patterns on the floors and walls, light fixtures that orbit works of crystal glass, and lights that turn on and off in the rhythm of a wave. LUMIÈRES concluded with a magnificent finale: a royal chandelier made up of 48 pieces. The entire exhibit showcased the resplendant beauty of glass.
Scroll down to see more images from the exhibition as well as videos of the installations in action.