The name of Lalique is associated with glass and crystal, a tradition passed down with passion by generations of its artists and outstanding French craftsmen. Lalique can look back with pride on a wonderful tradition. One hundred and thirty years of savoir-faire and creative excellence in the French "Art of Living", producing timeless creations. Designer, jeweller of Art Nouveau, master glassmaker of Art Deco, decorator, industrial entrepreneur, René Lalique had the ingenious idea of making art a part of daily life, conceiving artistic creation as "total art": sculpture and modelling to render contours; architecture to encompass his eye for line and planning; precious stones, mother-of-pearl, horn and enamel to refine the shimmering interplay of material and colour. And finally, he was captivated by the effects of transparency and opalescence inherent in glass, which he harnessed to create a new, aesthetic form of light.