Chandelier showroom says Hong Kong makes light work of its star's late arrival

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 May, 2011, 12:00am


Guests arrived on time for the opening cocktail of the Baccarat chandelier showroom in Causeway Bay's Cubus mall yesterday, to find staff still setting up the stage to unveil the event's centrepiece - a chandelier created by French designer Philippe Starck.

While the handymen were rushing to put up the panels and move around exhibits, the French crystal maker's Hong Kong general manager, Francois Mainetti, (pictured) looked surprisingly calm.

'The chandelier arrived only yesterday from Milan. We managed to do it even though it was a bank holiday,' Mainetti said. 'But everything is possible in Hong Kong. I don't think we'd be able to do it in any other city.'

The delayed opening was officiated by Mainetti and guests of honour including actor Michael Wong Man-tak, model Jocelyn Luko and architect-interior designer Steve Leung, who had returned from Taiwan just hours earlier.

To celebrate the opening, the brand flew in a collection of chandeliers created by eight designers, including Starck, Jaime Hayon and Michele De Lucchi.

Mainetti said the shop was ideal for Baccarat's first chandelier showroom in Hong Kong, with its ground-floor location and high ceiling.

'Also, the neighbourhood is already a destination for designer furniture,' he said. 'We are able to showcase a full range of chandeliers here - the traditional ones and the modern ones featuring LED lights.'