A Royal Paris coffee machine is carefully designed by the world’s finest glassmakers, mathematicians, goldsmiths, and engineers and meticulously worked on by French artists, sculptors, metallurgists, and glassblowers. This makes it a rare piece of “functional art” that is the ultimate statement of elegance.
To learn about how Royal Paris’ materials are made by expert craftsmen, read on for a fascinating introduction to the glasswork, the stonework, and jewellery finishes.
Glasswork by Baccarat
The glasswork is custom-made by hand at the Baccarat factory in Nancy, France. At Baccarat, crystal blowers and cutters work together to create Royal Paris’ stunning Baccarat glass pieces, which are shaped into glass vases.
Once the glasses are shaped, engravers and gilders use freehand cutting and gold-leaf painting to add ornate detailing onto the glass, granting the glasswork its lavish yet modern aesthetic signature of Baccarat’s ingenious craftmanship. One Baccarat vase and burner glass is fitted into every coffee machine.
Stonework from around the world
Royal Paris coffee machines use semi-precious stone bases that are precision machined in Germany. These materials include malachite, lapis lazuli, or black obsidian, which are sourced from around the world.
Malachite is a beautiful, luxurious, and powerful gemstone. As one of earth's most enduring minerals, it is a popular sculptural material that has been used throughout history. Today, the original deposits for the stones have been largely depleted, leaving very few remaining sources.
Malachite has a deep turquoise colour that pairs exceptionally well with a Royal Paris coffee machine’s 24K gold or silver plating. Unlike other stones, its rich colour doesn’t fade with time or with exposure to light, giving malachite its long-lasting lustre.
The world’s finest lapis lazuli azurite
Lapis is the Latin word for “stone,” while lazulī is taken from the Persian word lājevard, meaning "sky" or “heaven.” Today, this “sky stone” is mined at the ancient deposits of Afghanistan.
Royal Paris’ suppliers source genuine Afghan "Lapis Lazuli" Azurite, widely considered to be the best in the world. It has a natural patina of blue and silver swirling deposits – which make it a difficult material to work with. Royal Paris’ stonecutters cut and polish away the silver materials to create its beautiful pristine blue form that appears in the stone base – both beautiful to behold and expensive to produce.
Black obsidian is a glassy rock formed by the rapid cooling and solidification of viscous lava from volcanoes. Obsidian was used by Native Americans and many other early cultures for weapons, implements, tools, and ornaments and by the ancient Aztec and ancient Greek civilizations as mirrors. After it is extracted from the volcanic lava, the obsidian is sanded and polished.
As a rare stone that has a midnight black tone, obsidian provides an extra touch of luxury to a Royal Paris coffee machine.
Once the metal parts are crafted, they are shipped to Atelier Rouge-Pullon for plating. As a renowned gold plater in Paris, Atelier Rouge-Pullon has been awarded with the “Symbol of Excellence of French Craftsmanship.” Here, the company’s team of experienced goldsmiths, silverers, gilders, and polishers use the electro-plating technique to plate the coffee machines with pure 24K gold or pristine silver.
Pure 24-karat gold
To draw out the inherent beauty of gold, Royal Paris’ metallurgists create a custom gold alloy. The process enables the metallurgists to achieve the exact hues of yellow envisioned by Royal Paris – without compromising the magnificent qualities of 24-karat gold.
Pristine silver from the Earth's crust
As a soft, white, and lustrous metal, the silver used by Royal Paris is extracted directly from the Earth's surface in its purest form. Playing an enduring role in human culture, silver has been used as a means of currency as far back as AD 60. This makes it a time-honoured and elegant addition to a Royal Coffee Machine.
These luxurious materials handmade by the world’s best artisans make Royal Paris the most indulgent coffee maker in the world.