Jean-Marc Fray's incredible collection of Murano glass includes chandeliers out of your dreams.
Jean-Marc Fray’s Sputnik-style chandelier lights the room in shades of gold, green, and purple. Thirty globes, each lit from within, are contrasted by shiny brass rods and spikes, $12,200.
Nothing illuminates a room quite like Murano glass—the light dances and plays off of it, giving the room a dreamlike quality. And no one in Austin understands its power like Jean-Marc Fray, a French native whose eponymous antiques showroom has been a local design resource for more than 20 years. Among his vintage finds and European treasures is the largest collection of Murano glass in Central Texas.
“While the New World was being discovered, Venice secretly invented a craft that would become a magical tradition—the first mirrors and glass objects were created, changing forever the course of humanity,” says Fray. “Created by generations of craftsmen on the island of Murano, the glass has been adorning palaces and noble homes since the 16th century.”
At the center of Fray’s Murano collection are the stunning chandeliers he’s found from around the world. Among them is a Sputnik-style, multicolored piece (PICTURED) that dangles and teases 55 inches from the ceiling. It’s an eye-catching combination of old and new. Says Fray: “Our chandelier unifies sophisticated modernity and this timeless magical craft.” 1009 W. Sixth St., 512-457-0077