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In the manner of a parable of perfection and imperfection, Danish designer Louise Campbell has dissipated the sacred aura of crystal and has created the Nervous Zénith chandelier, for 2013.


“A Baccarat chandelier is about so much more than just light.

It is a rare example of man-made perfection and true splendor.

The task of working with this magical object, left me both rather over-excited and equally nervous.”

Louise Campbell

In reworking the famous 48-light Zénith chandelier and, instead of suppressing her excitement and unease, she introduced them as main features of the piece. This gave her the freedom to work instinctively, whilst creating the chandelier hands on with the experts at the Baccarat factory. Assembling loosely according to the classic Zénith working drawings, but using specially designed distorted prisms, and time and time again permitting emotions to overrule given systems, the result resembles the Zénith as we know it, yet turns it on its head.

Campbell’s object was more to play with the infinite possibilities that crystal offers, than to adhere to traditional covenants. The Nervous Zénith is cautious, and features a flickering candle amongst the glittering lights of the electrified chandelier—just in case. The chandelier leans gently to one side, as though reaching for something just outside of its reach. It is thoughtful and understanding, with a myriad of small, deliberate “imperfections”—just like the people admiring it.

Nervous Zenith is shy, yet eccentric, and expressionistic, yet resolutely fantastical.

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