Born in an artistic family circle (his mother a painter, his father a writer), T. Bastide felt the need to be creative from early
childhood, with a strong penchant for volume, the “third dimension”. Carried away by his passion, he majored in art and
design at the National College of Graphic arts and in industrial design at the National College of Applied Arts and Crafts
(ENSAAMA) His first professional experience allowed him to work with Raymond Lewy, a design celebrity. In 1981, he seized
the opportunity to join Baccarat, and he is still today the resident designer, while collaborating with other brands. His
passion for the “glass material” equals his love for forms. Further to honing his sculptor’s skills at the CIRVA (Marseille’s
Glass fitted with a kiln, a sandblaster, saws and different equipment, where he brings to life sculptures combining
the clearness of glass with concrete and metals. The collections he has designed for Baccarat span a large repertoire,
from vases (Wave, Tornado, Ginko,…) to the boldest sculptures (Liberté, Tensions, Elphant-Racines). This palette also
encompasses many successful jewels such as Glamour, Occitane, Galet, Starlet. His renown keeps growing in Europe and
the United States where, in 1989, he was awarded the “International Table Top Award” prize of design in Dallas, for his
“Neptune” collection of vases. Japan, very keen of French art, is under the charm.
Baccarat Crystal has, from the beginning, affixed its signature on strong works illustrating all the facets of artistic craftsmanship and covering a vast repertoire of inspiration.
In 1764 King Louis XV of France gave Bishop Montmorency-Laval of Metz permission to found a glassworks in the village of Baccarat located in Lorraine in eastern France.
The creations of great artists inspired by the magic of crystal are all magnificent stones brought together into building the Art de Vivre collection.
This is how Baccarat perpetuates the great French tradition of a cosmopolitan art of living. Envisioned by Philippe Starck, the Baccarat House in Paris, home to the brand’s headquarters, is a meeting place for its most beautiful creations – and one of its most beautiful manifestations.