Lost Time / Temps Perdu
By Glithero For Perrier-Jouët
By Glithero For Perrier-Jouët
Renowned for creative collaborations with leading artists and designers, Perrier-Jouët presents its first exclusive commission for Design Miami/ - a rare and enchanting experience which both challenges perception and offers an environment of transformation.
Working with London-based designers Glithero, ‘Lost Time’ brings a feeling of disorientation and timelessness to Design Miami/, to evoke the sense of being so deeply lost in reflection that you question which version of orientation is the truth.
“Inspired by the curvilinear forms and natural motifs of the Art Nouveau movement, Lost Time shifts the emphasis from the figurative representation of nature to capturing its pure experience, in keeping with Perrier-Jouët’s heritage.” Glithero
Lost Time embraces the signature quest of Art Nouveau artists who incorporated natural shapes in their work. This piece is influenced by Spanish architect and designer Antoni Gaudi, who created the perfect curves of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona by hanging strings and weights, allowing gravity to create a balanced and poised arc. Having photographed his model, Gaudi inverted the picture using the shape to form the structure of his masterpiece.
Reflection has a double meaning. On one hand it refers to the optical effect of light bouncing off a surface, and on the other it describes the inner world of the person that encounters this natural phenomena.
Lost Time teases the viewer into questioning what is there and what is reflected, unsettling our perception and challenging what is real and what is possible.
Glithero is fascinated by the notion of time. The duo pioneered with their performance based designs and will shift their focus to the timelessness that they encountered in the cellars of Epernay, the heart and soul of Perrier-Jouët.
Under the streets in kilometres of cellars, the bottles of champagne are maturing. A place where time does not exist and a bottle of 1825 is as submissive as the one that was added yesterday.
Beneath the bright warmth conditions of the surrounding vineyards to the dark humid chill of the cellars, a descent into a flip-sided, inverted world.
It is a fairytale-like place where the cobwebs, dew and mirror puddles are eternal and each day invisible hands roll the bottles a strict quarter turn.
Walking into Lost Time the darkness envelops you. In the dim light you see thousands of drops hanging on strung loops reaching out to the depths below. Beneath is a surface of seemingly infinitive depth where we discover in the perfect reflection of the mirrored water, a golden-lit mountainous landscape of architectural spiderweb like cages.
Vivid and as real, until the water is disturbed and the vision is dispelled.
Lost Time takes forms from the natural world and, through design abstraction, produces an environment which is both familiar and strange.
This installation reflects longevity within the context of fluctuating time and speed in Miami.
"As part of our new partnership with Design Miami/, we are delighted to be an active exhibitor with the launch of a unique piece of design exclusively commissioned for the fair and for Perrier-Jouët,” says Charles Armand de Belenet, International Marketing Director for Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët.
“Our long-standing relationship with arts and crafts makes Design Miami/ an ideal forum to showcase our artistic heritage in a contemporary way.”
“The true beauty is in the moment of transformation. A moment when a product, piece of furniture or artwork comes to life, just before the product is finished, or just when it starts to exist”
Glithero is built upon the joined conceptual interests of designers Sarah van Gameren (1981) and Tim Simpson (1982). Working from the field of design, but pushing its frontiers into other disciplines, the designers use their work to explore a new paradigm production, of more meaningful ways of creation that pose questions about the value of the end product.
The designers believe the essence of a product is captured within the moment of transformation.
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Perrier-Jouët is an iconic champagne House with an exceptional vineyard. It is known for the finesse of its wines, fashioned with the expertise of just seven cellar masters since 1811.
Since its very first artistic collaboration in 1902 with renowned French Art Nouveau artist Emile Gallé, who created the anemone design of its iconic Belle Epoque cuvée, the House has continued to commission a roster of established and emerging designers and artists including Daniel Arsham, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance and most recently Makoto Azuma.
Following Miami, Glithero's work will become part of the permanent collection of contemporary and historic Art Nouveau-inspired pieces in the Maison Belle Epoque in Epernay, France.
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