Unusual Paris Museums and Galleries
The Baccarat Museum is housed in a prestigious mansion on Place des Etats-Unis – once the home of art patron Marie-Laure, Viscountess de Noailles (1920-1970) who held fabulous parties there attended by artists like Man Ray, Cocteau and Dali.
The decor is something else; created by trend-setting designer Philippe Starck it features a crystal chandelier sunk in an aquarium of water, a two metre high glass chair, “talking” Baccarat vases that make use of holography and a non-stop soundtrack, as well as a signature crystal pieces including glassware once used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Pope John Paul II, and monumental pieces such as the Tsar Nicholas II‘s candelabra.
They also have limited-edition collections created by famous designers such as Georges Chevalier, Ettore Sottsass, Roberto Sambonet, Van day Truex and Marcial Berro.
There is a restaurant in the museum called the Baccarat Cristal Room, now reputedly one of the best in Paris, certainly one of the most expensive, although the decor is amazing.
11 place des Etats Unis
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