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Meet Marc Larminaux, Designer at Lalique
The Macallan and Lalique came together in 2005. The outcome of this partnership is a series of six Lalique crystal decanters, each holding some of the oldest and rarest whiskies ever released by the distillery. This week we met Marc Larminaux, Designer at Lalique...
Tell us in your words : 'Who is Lalique'?
René Lalique (1860-1945) was possibly the first "designer" in the proper sense of the term. He brought art and sensibility to all, through a fantastic world where extravaganza combined with subtlety, where rigor of execution rhymes with poetic strength, and where all aspects are subject to a constant search for innovation. His work is timeless, regardless of any fashion trends. Today Lalique crystal portrays light through material in a unique and magical way.
How long have you been designer at Lalique?
I have been a member of the Lalique design team for nine years. After graduating from Central Saint Martin's College,London, I worked freelance in the field of product design, graphics and multimedia before joining the Lalique Company design team. After studying René Lalique's work, I know that it is a great honour to work for such a renowned brand.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Having the responsibility of following the trace of a genius and a precursor in the field of art and design, such as René Lalique, and ensuring the continuity of the Lalique brand in the 21st century.
What has been your highlight working with Lalique so far?
It is always thrilling to work on a variety of projects, such as Tom Ford's Black Orchid or Jaguar Fragrance perfume bottles, but I am particularly proud to have been involved with Macallan in Lalique collaboration since the very beginning in 2005. This collaboration has been a great success and we will continue to combine our respective skills and savoir-faire in the creation of new and original "The Macallan in Lalique" masterpieces
How big is the team behind the creation of each masterpiece and what main steps are involved?
Each stage is done by hand, so a large team of professional glass-makers is involved from the design to the final product. After a period of detailed design research, the drawings are sent to the mould-maker, who creates highly complex moulds. Often up to five moulds are required to cast just one piece. These are used by the glass-makers to cast the crystal object, which then goes through several surface treatments, such as sandblasting, acid bath and repolishing, to obtain a perfect surface. Before sign-off each item is checked rigorously.
Like the Macallan, Lalique has a long and proud history, built on finest craftsmanship and is known as one of the best in its field. How do you see the partnership between The Macallan and Lalique?
As a partnership that consists of a perfect combination of history, craftsmanship, quality and excellence – the best ingredients for a successful relationship. It works well simply because we offer to the aficionados a journey into a world of magic where all their senses are stimulated, before being taken to a place of undisturbed perfect satisfaction.
What challenges has it posed for you designing beautiful objets d'art for The Macallan single malt whisky?
One of the main challenges was learning about whisky-making, but specifically learning about The Macallan's own unique approach. I needed to absorb this knowledge to create decanters that had a real meaning behind them, decanters that, enabled the history, skills and specific character of our two products to combine harmoniously into a single, unique item.
Lalique IV represents The Macallan's Curiously Small Stills on Speyside that give the whisky its rich, oily texture. Tell us about the journey to create this beautiful decanter containing 60 year old The Macallan.
The roundness, the curved lines and the copper were the main themes explored to express this essential pillar of The Macallan single malt whisky. The use of shared codes, such as the cabochon interpreted as the window rivets of the still, helps to link both brands together. The cap is made from copper taken from an old Macallan still.