Maison Perrier-Jouët and Andrea Mancuso, of Analogia Project, imagine a new artistic champagne experience
As part of Designart Tokyo 2019, Maison Perrier-Jouët unveiled its artistic collaboration with Andrea Mancuso of Analogia Project for the very first time to the public at Galerie Perrotin Tokyo. The resulting creations then formed part of a banquet that took place in the eponymous restaurant of Pierre Gagnaire, three Michelin-starred French chefs and the newest Maison Perrier-Jouët Artisan of the Wild. It was a taster of what’s to come with “A Banquet of Nature by Perrier-Jouët”, which will take place during Design Miami.
This year, Maison Perrier-Jouët invited Italian designer Andrea Mancuso, of Analogia Project, to reinterpret its Art Nouveau heritage. The House is closely linked to the artistic movement; the best expression of this relationship is the spray of Japanese anemones designed for the House in 1902 by Emile Gallé, a pioneer of Art Nouveau.
As part of this new artistic collaboration, Andrea Mancuso has designed a collection of glasses – named ‘Metamorphosis’ – that has allowed the House to renew its dialogue between nature and champagne, and to propose a new artistic tasting ritual. ‘Metamorphosis’ was unveiled for the first time at Galerie Perrotin Tokyo, during DesignArt Tokyo.
During a visit to Maison Belle Epoque – the historic home of Maison Perrier-Jouët’s founding family – in Epernay, France, Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps revealed the story and personality of each Perrier-Jouët cuvée to Andrea Mancuso, who then translated these details into the design of each glass.
Loyal to the ethos of Art Nouveau, each of the six creations are directly inspired by Maison Perrier-Jouët’s vision of reinvented nature and combine a remarkable degree of traditional savoir-faire with modern technology. “Metamorphosis captures the whole, complex, creative story of Maison Perrier-Jouët told through ritualistic objects and actions”, notes Andrea Mancuso.
From 18th October at Galerie Perrotin Tokyo, guests were invited on a theatrical path of discovery that guided them from glass to cuvée. The glasses are displayed on stands made using lost-wax casting, the highly demanding technique that was also used by Murano-based glass works Fondazione Berengo to craft the glasses themselves. This traditional method was also favoured by Art Nouveau artists over a hundred years ago. “Andrea Mancuso has been able to transform his drawings into delicate crystal pieces sculpted with extreme precision”, remarked Emmanuel Perrotin, French contemporary art gallerist.
The glasses in the ‘Metamorphosis’ collection also accompanied Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque cuvées during a banquet held on 24th October, when 30 special guests assembled at Pierre Gagnaire restaurant in Tokyo. Earlier this year, the namesake French Michelin-starred chef became an Artisan of the Wild, joining the likes of Hervé Deschamps, Emmanuel Perrotin and Andrea Mancuso in a creative community that accompanies Maison Perrier-Jouët at all of the experiences it offers around the world. For Pierre Gagnaire, “the banquet in Tokyo illustrates a new kind of encounter between nature, wine, design and gastronomy in perfect harmony”. During this event, it was also announced that “A Banquet of Nature by Perrier-Jouët” will take place at the beginning of December as part of Design Miami/. This banquet reinvented by the House is designed to form bonds among guests, in order to reconnect with nature and reconnect with one another. “‘A Banquet of Nature by Perrier-Jouët’ will be composed of surprising moments of re-enchantment that will allow guests to engage in conversation together. A great experience on the horizon…” concludes Hervé Deschamps.