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Saint-Louis is a crystal factory that moves with the times, knowing how to blend tradition and innovation and bringing together more than four centuries of history.
In 1767, Louis XV authorised the construction of a glass factory where the former Münzthal factory used to stand in the 16th Century. At first, the King gave it the name “Verrerie Royale de Saint-Louis”. Fifteen years later, however, when the formula for making crystal was perfected, Cristallerie Saint-Louis came to be. Ever since, Saint-Louis produces crystal pieces—lighting, tableware, decoration and furniture—created by glassmaking and glass-cutting masters, some of whom have won Meilleurs Ouvriers de France awards. Their talent has allowed Saint-Louis to become an expert in cutting and colour, offering a wide variety of styles and exceptional creations. In a wave of creativity that characterised the start of the 20th Century, several designers contributed their talent to Saint-Louis, such as Paul Nicolas, Jean Sala, Jean Luce, Michel Colle and Maurice Dufrêne. Even today, Saint-Louis calls upon the imagination and talent of designers who introduce innovative uses to the world of crystal. The tableware, decoration and lighting collections are enriched by creations by Éric Gizard, Hervé van der Straeten, José Lévy, Ionna Vautrin, Paola Navone, Kiki van Eijk…