Aux Merveilleux de Fred is a popular chain of French luxury artisanal patisseries selling merveilleux cakes, brioche breads and cramiques. Found in nine countries worldwide, the newest location, opened in December 2021, in the historical centre of Prague. The Preciosa team created the largest version to date of the iconic Maria Theresa historical design chandelier, part of the Preciosa Lighting Collections portfolio. These luxury chandeliers reflect Bohemian glass-making heritage and enlighten spaces as beautifully as they did hundreds years ago.
In Prague, it is not an understatement to say the impressive chandelier is the crown jewel of the cafe. This Maria Theresa is 360 centimetres in diameter and weighs 600 kilograms. Patisserie founder and owner Frédéric Vaucamps wanted the same style of historical Maria Theresa as in his other stores worldwide. Preciosa is the proud supplier of this classic chandelier to the nine existing Aux Merveilleux de Fred locations. For the Prague café, our design team created a modified version of the chandelier to keep its luxurious feel and fit within the shop’s design and layout parameters. The spectacular chandelier features 4,800 components, 4,720 small pearls, and 4,728 rosettes. These Bohemian crystal gems together create a truly dazzling crystal masterpiece.
Maria Theresa is produced using traditional Bohemian glass making methods including metal production, glass blowing, grinding, chaining, and plating. It features sumptuous feminine curves and shimmering trimmings embraced by a metal and glass arm design. It can expand horizontally which is how the Preciosa design team altered it for Prague’s Aux Merveilleux de Fred.