When the Dutch designer Kiki van Eijk first visited the Saint-Louis factory, she was immediately spellbound. Surrounded by forest in northeast France, the centuries-old cristallerie held an air of mystery and magic. “It’s still emotional to me, to this day,” van Eijk puts it, “how objects can carry so much meaning.”
Founded in 1767, Saint-Louis is France’s oldest glass manufacturer and has become celebrated for its classic silhouettes and quiet luxury. The work of van Eijk—an Eindhoven-based designer whose oeuvre ranges from furniture and lighting to glass—embodies a contemporary creativity and childlike wonder. So it was an unlikely, but fruitful, pairing when the two initially joined forces several years ago. Van Eijk released the first iteration of her noted Matrice collection with Saint-Louis in 2013, and added sparkling new vases to the 15-piece collection that debuted this spring. Referencing a “matrix,” the collection of lighting and vessels draws inspiration from the thousands of historic crystal molds she uncovered at the Saint-Louis factory.