Daum France Pâte de Verre Cactus Decanter

Designer: Hilton McConnico
Manufacturer: Daum France
Materials: Crystal bottle with pâte de verre stopper
Country of origin: France
Date: Late 1980s
Dimenions: 11.75” H x 3.75” W x 3.75” D

Joseph Hilton McConnico, a Memphis Tennessee native, moved to Paris in 1965 to work for Yves Saint Laurent and Ted Lapidus. He went on to become a Cesar-winning movie set designer. In the 1980s he began designing objects for France’s best makers including Daum and Cristalleries de Saint Louis, combining his American aesthetic [think cacti and chili peppers] with French refinement, quality and je ne sais quoi. McConnico began his collaboration with Daum France in 1987 and was the first American whose work became part of the Louvre's permanent collection of decorative art.