When Lorenz Bäumer, the Place Vendôme jeweler, couldn’t find the perfect display case for his jewels, he designed it himself: A faceted cabinet constructed of two interlocking diamond shapes, one black, one white. It’s crafted from black-grain wood with an astrakhan wool patter, white laminate and glass. Resting in a polished steel metal frame, the pieces gives the illusion that the “diamond” is floating.
Bäumer is the former artistic director of high jewelry for Louis Vuitton. He has his own fine jewelry collection and frequently collaborates with luxury brands such as Hermès, Cartier, Guerlain, Gucci, Piaget and Baccarat. He’s had dabbled in furniture design before, mostly for personal use, but his most personal creation inspired him to expand into a commercial venture. “I love the idea of sharing my creations with as many customers as possible,” said Baumer.
The cabinet, which was recently displayed at The Salon Art + Design at the Park Avenue Armory in New York last week, is available for about 45,000 euros, or roughly $48,000 at current exchange, upon order, as are two consoles, a credenza and end tables, all of which Bäumer designed under the influence of jewelry-making. “The furniture models are all inspired by the art of cutting stones and letting the metal shine,” he said.