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Lightcouture offers a fabulous range of beautiful luxury chandeliers from the best European designers and producers.

There are thousands of stunning chandeliers at your fingertips to help you find inspiration for your home, business or public building.

Our range has something for everyone with all styles and tastes from the modern to the most classic and traditional. As the leading retailer of luxury chandeliers and as the only partner of all the world’s leading chandelier brands we are certain to be able to source or design and produce exactly what you are looking for.

You can choose from classic Italian designs such as Florentine or Fruit chandeliers, or from some of the leading producers from Murano, like for example Barovier and Toso, who are at over 700 years one of the oldest companies in the world. Or maybe you prefer the leading French crystal producers like Baccarat who design and produce outstanding crystal chandeliers which count among the most desirable in the world. There are also some outstanding Spanish pieces represented here as well as examples of the world famous Bohemian crystal from Czech producers such as Preciosa, a company that was formed from a collection of producers, some of which had been in business for centuries and have been producing crystal under the Preciosa name since the middle of the last century; and of course the newcomer to the Czech crystal industry Lasvit with their stunning new designs.

You may have a requirement for something which is similar to a model offered here but you would like it in another size or colour for example, or maybe you have an idea or have been inspired by something you’ve seen elsewhere. With our tremendous experience in chandeliers and our designers we can almost certainly make your ideas into beautiful reality.

We can also help with expert advice regarding all aspects of buying, installing and caring for chandeliers.

Welcome to Lightcouture Europe's leading online and offline supplier of chandeliers. Here you will find thousands of fantastic chandeliers as well as expert advice to help you with your choices and support you during installation, repairing or even replicating old pieces.

We work with all the leading producers as well as many less famous but equally skilled craftsman in all aspects of chandelier design and production. So, whatever you are looking for, we can almost certainly help.

As well as working closely with thousands of clients in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the nature of luxury chandeliers means our work takes us all over the world to clients on every continent. Our discretion is appreciated by institutions, dignitaries and people of fame all over the world. Also, in some parts of the world we are being invited to handle installations, because clients prefer an outside partner to enter their home, rather than local workers who may not appreciate the character of their choice or the surroundings.

The history of the chandelier is not just one of beauty and light but one that is inseparable from luxury, status, elegance, power and pride. Throughout the centuries chandeliers have hung at the centre of rooms in private residences and public buildings around the world. Royal families, important representatives of the church, wealthy business people, presidents and prime ministers, chancellors and heads of state have all adorned there buildings with impressive chandeliers. A great example of this is our partner Barovier and Toso who have designed and produced beautiful Murano glass chandeliers for the Vatican in Rome for hundreds of years.

In their early, more practical beginnings chandeliers were no more than straight forward wooden structures for holding candles or oil lamps to give light. This was at a time when having several candles burning at once was itself a sign of wealth and allowed people to read and work when most were in darkness. From there the chandelier slowly developed in more decorative ways. But it is probably these early associations of presenting light in a way that was an unaffordable and aspirational for most, that helped lift the chandelier into the position in society which it still holds today.

The designs continued developing during the 17th and 18th centuries in an increasingly decorative and ornate fashion. The wooden frames were more decoratively carved and gilded or painted or both, and during this period developments in glass and metals gave designers new raw materials to create even more extravagant and impressive designs.

Further developments in the production of glass brought two new benefits, which were an increasing strength and the successful introduction of lead into the glass making process. This was a brake through achieved in London by an English merchant, who traded with the Venetian glass blowers but who became obsessed with trying to give the glass greater sparkle. With stronger glass and the sparkle of lead crystal, chandeliers became incredibly impressive, so that wealthy merchants and land owners as well as royalty and heads of churches began installing increasingly impressive pieces in their public and private buildings.

The blown glass craftsmen of the island of Murano, which sits just North of Venice, were already incredibly skilled, but the demand for increasingly beautiful blown glass chandeliers breathed a new lease of life into businesses like the world famous Barovier and Toso. The development of lead crystal started a whole new industry and as countries tried to copy the recipes the British had invented, companies such as Baccarat and Saint Luis of France introduced beautiful designs of their own. As with Barovier and Toso, Baccarat chandeliers have become some of the most desirable lighting fixtures in the world.

Metal work and casting in particular was the other area of tremendous development. This meant that chandelier frames could take on even more stunning designs and constructions and could be finished in an increasingly impressive set of options. It also gave the producers a semi-mechanized way to replicate frames in a more consistent way. For the first time designers looked at producing frames that were entirely of metal and in fact some chandeliers had no other decorative trimmings at all. The introduction of metal frames gave glass blowers a structure to hang their glass onto, which increased arm lengths to over 110cm for more or less the first time. And it gave the new led crystal industry beautiful frames to decorate with sparkling trimmings. Amazingly all these developments and techniques remain popular to this day.

The next development, which happened around the same time, was the growth of empires. The first key example was the Habsburg Empire where one of the new Austrian designs was named at that time after the last head of the empire, Maria Theresa. The chandelier now named after her is still popular around the world and was first designed to use metal and crystal in a lovely decorative way but in a form that could be easily transported around the empire. The Maria Theresa chandelier has arms which can be detached and reattached for easy transportation.

Later on the British Empire grew to cover huge areas of the world while the Spanish and French also extended their areas of control, spreading their influence and business to many other parts of the world. As trade and wealth grew the merchants and governments took and thus introduced chandeliers around the world.

As new technologies developed chandeliers had to adapt to run on gas rather than candles so that the metal frames became more tubular and shapes became a little less elaborate. Candles were often still used in more remote locations and homes in more out of the way countryside settings or where properties were so large that only some of the main rooms would be converted to gas but the rest was left with candles.

The use of gas as a light source was relatively short lived because electricity quickly became the safest, easiest, cheapest and most convenient power to give light. In fact in many older buildings you will see chandeliers hanging from old gas pipes in the middle of decorative plasterwork (we would not recommend this but we see it regularly in older buildings). The use of electric light bulbs revolutionized the thinking about what was possible in design terms and in terms of giving light to a room. You might have thought that with one bulb giving the same light as several candles or gas flames, the multi-armed chandelier would be finished, but fortunately the opposite happened, and as wealth increased more and more people choose chandeliers for decorative and personal reasons. With the new LED light sources even more exciting chandelier designs emerge, which should mean a bright future for the chandelier.

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