Those of you fortunate enough to have watched Kelly Hoppen's television programme, shown on British television on 1st November, will not only have seen Mathieu Challières' La Petite Volière, but also how sharply it divides opinion!
We have seen quite violent reactions against it from professional interior designers, for whom it seemed to violate some fundamental moral law that governs what a light should be. On the other hand, many really love it. In our sales office, where the staff could have any light they want, it was this that they chose -- they found it enchanting.
The birds are beautifully made models. If Kelly Hoppen's client had really wanted to have a chandelier with dead real birds, it takes a very different artist to create a work of art that uses them to create a Jekyll and Hyde frisson -- beautiful one minute, chillling the next. This is the Belgian Nora de Rudder's The Birds:
Le Volière comes in quite a large family now -- a larger pendant
and even a table light
It is part of Mathieu Challières Un Petit Air du Campagne series which also includes Pommes:
They bring a smile on the rainiest of Monday mornings, like Mathieu himself!
A lighting factlet: the atelier of Challières Paris is next door to Ombre Portée's!