Unrivalled, dense, clear, sonorous and luminous, born of a ball of fire and the breath of man, Saint-Louis crystal vibrates with all the talent inherited from History and extraordinary creative fantasy inspired by current trends.
By letters patent dated 1767, Louis XV gave Münzthal the prestigious name of Verrerie Royale de Saint-Louis (Saint-Louis Royal Glassworks). Fifteen years later, the formula for producing crystal was discovered by François de Beaufort. The Verrerie Royale de Saint-Louis was renamed the Cristallerie Royale de Saint-Louis. Since 1829 the manufacture is exclusively devoted to the production of crystal-glass items – tableware, decoration, chandeliers, paperweights and introduced the concept of a set of glasses for the dining table with the famous Trianon service. Since 1995, Saint-Louis has been part of the Hermès Group.
The Saint-Louis know-how
Since then, Saint-Louis signs every day crystal creations – tableware, vases, paperweights and lighting pieces – crafted by master glassblowers and cutters considered to be among the very best in France (“Meilleurs Ouvriers de France”). All possess irreplaceable knowledge and ancestral skills that have been enriched from generation to generation: crystal is mouth-blown, hand-cut, hand-engraved and hand-decorated using 24-carat gold or platinum.
A contemporary Manufacture
Saint-Louis is truly a Manufacture of its time, a blend of tradition and innovation that never ceases to draw inspiration from contemporary artistic trends in order to renew and shape its identity. Today, Saint-Louis continues to call on the imagination and skills of designers who open the way to new uses for crystal – and so our tableware, decorative object and lighting collections are enriched by the creations of Paola Navone, Olivier Gagnère, José Levy, Adrien Rovero, Pierre Charpin and Hervé van der Straeten, making from Saint-Louis a truly global Art de Vivre brand.