“The first time I walked into the András workshop,” explains Sandrine Gluza, “it was as if time had stood still: I immediately felt a fascination for the job, the machines, the tools, the techniques. I started working there the day after my first visit.” Before working at András, Sandrine was a manager in an LED lighting company. Her knowledge of electricity and lighting was therefore an asset when she joined the workshop. “Since the profession of chandelier restorer is no longer taught, it was the former owner of András, André Heine, who trained me in the restoration techniques as passed on by his own father.” Sandrine decided to take over the workshop because she considers it an exciting and complex profession, which she does not want to disappear.Read the full interview
It definitely is. It is a demanding profession that requires a number of talents. It is necessary to be a craftsperson, a lighting designer, a technician... Thus, the most appropriate name to describe this symbiosis of art is that of the “jeweller of light”.How do you approach each work?
I respect the piece that is entrusted to me and find all possible solutions for my client. I specialise in different surface treatment techniques. I take care of the electrical compliance of the chandelier, and repair porcelain, marble and glass.
The techniques and knowledge that characterise this craft have been passed on for 87 years. The gestures are the same as in 1934. Over time, LED technology has replaced other lighting, so when I restore a chandelier I bring it up to current electrical standards.What do you enjoy most about your job?
It's a very human job. Each chandelier has its own story. Some are more touching, like a husband who wants to restore a family light for his wife for her birthday. I also have the chance to enter prestigious places and become a privileged guest for a few hours.