andrew kudless


Perrier-Jouët continues its enduring conversation with the world of creation via a new artistic partnership with San Francisco-based designer Andrew Kudless. Unveiled at DesignMiami/ 2016, Kudless's visionary works build on Perrier-Jouët's historic ties with Art Nouveau.

By commissioning artists and designers to create objects and installations linked to the world of champagne, Perrier-Jouët is committed to perpetuating Art Nouveau's espousal of natural forms as a theme for artistic creation. The resulting works have established a dialogue between Art Nouveau and the 21st century, while illustrating Perrier-Jouët's philosophy of champagne-making: an artistic craft nourished by authenticity, elegance and a passion for nature. 

"I was interested in the way that strands, fibers, branches and vines were applied across every aspect of Art Nouveau, from paintings to architecture," says Kudless. "The curving strand motif evokes nature and movement over time. I wanted to look at four of Perrier-Jouët's emblematic materials - wood, chalk, glass and grapes - and see how I could create strands out of each one." 
The first piece that visitors encounter is Kudless's installation Strand Garden: three screens of curving 8' strands - evoking tree trunks or vines - that mark out a central area.

Each strand is illuminated from within by light that gently swells and fades, first appearing solid but slowly revealing its hollow form as the light intensifies. Inside the inner garden, visitors will discover Kudless's other creations. The robotically-milled oak tops of his interlocking benches evoke Perrier-Jouët's riddling racks and wine presses, while the concrete of their legs has been specially treated to resemble the chalk that shelters the Maison's cellars and nourishes its vines. 

The glowing table at the center of the space shares the same organic strand motif, in a clear bio-plastic that conjures up glass. Illuminated from within, each of its filaments sparkles in the light to evoke the radiant clarity and fine, vibrant bubbles of Perrier-Jouët's distinctive wines. Finally, his extraordinary ice bucket design takes the organic relationship with champagne to the limit. Kudless has 3D-printed ground Chardonnay skins to create a piece entitled The Perrier-Jouët Marc Metamorphosis: a tribute to the crystalline freshness, subtlety and sophistication of Perrier-Jouët's Belle Epoque cuvée.