As far back as 1857, flambeau carriers have been at the front of New Orleans Mardi Gras nighttime parades, lighting the way for the rest of the revelers. Today, there's a brand new kind of light shining in the Big Easy. It's also called "Flambeau" and it's a brilliant collection of interior lighting that combines functional art and design, courtesy of renowned New Orleans designers Paul GrÃ¼er and Elaine Gleason as well as Baton Rouge designer Benjamin Burts.
Flambeau unites sophisticated shapes and silhouettes with distressed finishes of gold and silver to create 21st Century antique lighting. These jewel-like lamps, chandeliers and sconces will add a touch of intrigue to any room.
Artists of Flambeau Lighting - Paul Grüer Bio
"I have always been influenced by the city of New Orleans. The patina of age and gentle decay has found its way into the finish of my work. Like the city, sophisticated, fun and always a little off center."
Whether as an art gallery director, sculptor or designer of fine jewelry, this long time resident of the "Big Easy" and his work have for years been an integral part of the New Orleans art and design scene. Chosen as the top artist in New Orleans and recipient of the WYES Patron Artist Award, he has also been recognized nationally, winning Alpha Awards for his textile and lighting designs.
Grüer's use of lighting as an expression of his creativity first came about when a friend challenged him to create a chandelier to look like a pair of earrings he had designed for her. Pleased with the results, he soon began creating other sculptural lighting pieces inspired by his jewelry designs. For years, these one-of-a-kind, custom lighting pieces were commissioned and sold only through a handful of select art galleries and interior designers. In 2001, Grüer entered into a licensing agreement with Flambeau Lighting as one of their artists. Grüer began to create an ongoing series of lighting and accessory pieces that would be crafted and finished by artisans in much the same manner as his original studio pieces.
Today, Paul Grüer's "Flambeau Lighting Collection" is a gallery of sculptural, functional art that also doubles as interior fixtures such as table lamps, floor lamps, chandeliers, mirrors and sconces; adding a touch of intrigue to any room.