Christopher Young, creative director at Tiffany & Co., commissioned Lobmeyr to create 20 mini-exact-replicas of the famous Metropolitan Opera chandelier to decorate their Christmas windows. Designed by Hans Harald Rath in 1966, the Met-Chandeliers were a gift from the Republic of Austria to the United States of America on the opening of the then-new opera house in New York. Since then, they have become a secret landmark in the city.

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The largest of the miniatures (20 cm diameter) getting the final adjustments. The smaller ones are about half this size.


With more than 300 crystals, the Met-Chandelier resembles the satellite Sputnik or a “starburst.” The 1:5 scale miniatures are exact in their shape, materials, number of individual parts and price. “A simplification of the structure of the chandeliers was not possible without changing the essential aesthetic details,” says Johannes Rath, head of the Chandeliers department at Lobmeyr, and grandson of the designer Hans Harald Rath. To create the smaller version, even the tools had to be adapted. “It was particularly exciting to see how the tools and devices used also shrunk to the same extent,” reports Johannes Rath. “And as a finishing touch: The largest crystal of the miniatures is cut from the smallest crystal of the originals.” Both, original and miniature size chandeliers are handcrafted at Lobmeyr’s workshops in Vienna.

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The “rays” of the miniatures vs. the originals


Lobmeyr created one extra mini-Met chandelier to grace the windows of the Tiffany store in Vienna. This chandelier will be actioned by Sotheby’s after Christmas. The proceeds will go to Light for the World, an international disability and development organization to help sight-impaired people in Africa. Just brilliant!

The auction will take place at the Lobmeyr store in Kärntner Straße in mid-February. € 30, - is the minimum amount to enter the auction. Applications for the auction at Chandeliers@lobmeyr.at. The number of participants is limited to 200 people. Note: The mini-chandelier can be ordered at Lobmeyr. Prices start from: € 2,700 + vat

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Detail of right side window at 5th Avenue (©Ricky Zehavi for Tiffany & Co.)


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The left side Christmas windows display at 5th Avenue (© Ricky Zehavi for Tiffany & Co.)


A short making-of viedeo courtesy of Tiffany & Co.