Maison Hardy creates opulent Lalique CognacBy Chloe Ware
Maison Hardy has teamed up with bespoke crystal maker Lalique to create a unique carafe to house a rare Cognac.
The Printemps carafe alludes to the perfume bottles created by René Lalique in the early 20th century and features soft curves on the main body and an extravagant crystal stopper, inlaid with ‘almond-green tints’.
Each carafe, which is placed in a circular, front-opening white pastel leather case, contains a blend of small batch Grande Champagne, partitioned off by Armand Hardy at the end of the Second World War.
Only 400 bottles of the Printemps are to be released and will be available in 700ml and 750ml editions to meet the requirements of all markets, primarily the US and China.
“Hardy and Lalique are both companies steeped in tradition and expertise, and were both born in the mid 19th century. The exceptional is extremely important to both our companies. Creating products together was a logical step,” said Lalique CEO Silvio Denz.
This will be the first of four carafes being released by the duo, with each being released at two-year intervals. Following the Printemps will be the Eté, Automne and Hiver, but whilst the names have been released, they are keeping the colours and design a secret.
This is not the first time Maison Hardy have made such an audacious creation, the collection of Daum and Baccarat carafes have been released over more than thirty years and the link with Lalique has created a unique combination between the worlds of Cognac and perfume.
“We have been hoping for this collaboration for some time,” said Bénédicte Hardy who believes the ‘purity’ of the creation of Lalique “perfectly matches the elegance” of Maison Hardy Cognac.