Bethan Laura Wood

Design Miami/ 2018 HYPERNATURE BY BETHAN LAURA WOOD

The story of HyperNature began with an encounter and an alignment of visions: ‘Maison Perrier-Jouët commissioned Bethan Laura Wood because she embodies the extravagance of Art Nouveau, a movement that forms part of the Maison’s cultural heritage, but also for her capacity to develop a multidisciplinary artistic practice while maintaining her own signature style. Within her work, largely inspired by nature, Wood demonstrates an ability to convey meaning through her unique use of colour and form.

Wood has designed a tree for the Maison named HyperNature, whose extravagant curves, petals and colours were inspired by a journey to Champagne several months ago. While visiting the Maison Belle Epoque, the family home of Maison Perrier-Jouët in Epernay, the designer was immersed in Art Nouveau. Her palette of references was enriched by the floral universe of the artistic movement present in every detail of the house, like the arched, wooden doorframe designed by Hector Guimard, the tones of the stained-glass windows and the emblematic anemone motif designed by Emile Gallé for the Maison in 1902.

The context of the industrial revolution that was occurring simultaneously to the Art Nouveau movement drove Wood to use industrial materials but place them in the context of the world of luxury, treating them with an artisanal level of care and respect. A notable feature of her work is broadening perspectives of materials with negative connotations by proposing alternative uses for them. To realise her creative vision in a range of mediums, it is important for Wood to collaborate with specialised artisans: for HyperNature, the PVC petals were hand-dyed with fellow designer Fabien Cappello in Wood’s London studio, and the aluminium branches were produced and anodised by innovators Neal Feay in the US.

Free in form, intense in colour and radiant by its presence, HyperNature is the purest expression of the Art of the Wild, but, first and foremost, it provokes an emotional reaction. Beyond the tangible design, HyperNature is a whimsical champagne experience; a new tasting ritual that immerses you into the Art of the Wild.  ‘I wanted to highlight the luxurious, memorable occasions on which we drink champagne by enhancing an element of fantasy within the tasting ritual. I also looked for a balance between the striking visual impact of the tree and the delicacy of the champagne tasting ritual’, explains Wood.

The designer also spent time with Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps, the guardian of the complex, floral signature of Maison Perrier-Jouët’s champagnes. Together, they explored the exceptional vineyards of the Maison that inspired Wood to draw a parallel within HyperNature with the meticulous work necessary to turn grapes into champagne.

HyperNature mirrors the action of the harvest by allowing elements – a single glass of champagne or an entire branch with multiple glasses – to be ‘plucked’ from the structure, as one would a grape from a bunch or a bunch from a vine. At the root of this tasting ritual, Wood references the terroir and the savoir-faire of Maison Perrier-Jouët.

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DESIGN MIAMI/ 2015

DESIGN MIAMI/ 2015 ALL’OMBRA DELLA LUCE BY RITSUE MISHIMA

All’ombra della luce is a stunning installation, a truly immersive experience in which light and shadow are the two protagonists. At the centre of a vast space with walls decorated with a stylistic anemone pattern, a large wooden structure partially covered in mirrors invites the visitor to contemplation: a ceiling disappearing under a multitude of colourless hand-blown glass discs of different sizes and shapes, suspended in the air, each one wearing the marks of the artist’s unique crafted work. Dangling above the mirror surface, their reflections play with the light, catching the eye in games of transparency, creating a luminous and poetic choreography.

A second creation is dedicated to the ritual of serving champagne: a large hand-blown glass bowl. Pairing a bold design with hand craftsmanship, the round lines of its organic shape evoke the effervescence of champagne, while the power and fragility of the transparent glass material create an astonishing contrast.

In their own way, each one of these art pieces illustrates Perrier-Jouët’s champagne philosophy: artistic craftsmanship enriched with authenticity, elegance and a real fondness for nature and its delights.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

The collaboration wit Ritsue Mishima was a natural choice for Perrier-Jouët, entirely in line with its history: it echoes the House’s close bond with nature, the active dialogue it has always maintained with art and design, and the desire to bring beauty to everyday life.

Ritsue Mishima has adopted glass to express a vision of nature in which harmony is born from the reflections of light over an infinite variety of shapes. Accordingly, with a century between them, the Japanese artist is following in the footsteps of Émile Gallé, continuing this celebration of nature and its wonders and highlighting Perrier-Jouët’s deep ties to the Art Nouveau movement.

DESIGN MIAMI/ 2014

DESIGN MIAMI/ 2014 EPHEMERA BY MISCHER‘TRAXLER

Exploring the magical conversation between Mankind and Nature, “Perrier-Jouët presents Small Discoveries by mischer’traxler’“ is an extended collaboration between the Vienna-based design team and the champagne house that will pay tribute to life itself.

The masterwork “Ephemera” reflects on the beautiful transience of nature, of being and not being, the known and unknown. Inspired by the natural references in Art Nouveau, it enchants the audience with a delicate game of hide-and-seek played out through a mechanical ornamental garden, inviting participation, discussion and questioning.

A great oak table is inlaid with botanical motifs that appear to be alive from afar, as plants and insects move. But on approach, the garden disappears. A mirror seems to have a life of its own too. From a distance, flowers grow across the glass, up and even out of the frame. On closer inspection, the plant retracts and the mirror becomes just that, a mirror.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

“mischer’traxler create work that is both intelligently crafted and inspired by the natural world using a balance of traditional and newer technologies, which results in pieces that are rooted in familiarity, yet high concept.”

Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler founded Studio mischer’traxler in Vienna in 2009. Merging artisanal craftsmanship with cutting edge technology, they develop products, furniture and kinetic installations that muse on the emotional, environmental and philosophical nature of what makes good design.

Their original creations for Small Discoveries will be exhibited in selected venues across the world, before joining Perrier-Jouët’s private collection of Art Nouveau pieces at the Maison Belle Epoque.

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DESIGN MIAMI 2013

DESIGN MIAMI 2013 PHARE NO° 1-9 BY SIMON HEIDJENS

Revealing the poetry of the natural world through an immersive, avant-garde narrative, Simon Heidjen’s captivating light work seamlessly blends art, craft, design and new techniques to take Art Nouveau definitively into the 21st century.

With Phare N°1-9 Heijdens has found a completely new way of drawing and building up images. Delving to the core of Art Nouveau and its principles of studio-based, crafted art-pieces and merging the organic with avant-garde technology, he opens up the static character of our structured surroundings and breaks the boundaries of how we experience the natural world.

Nine hand-blown vessels use the dimensional qualities of water and the way it refracts light to trace the hidden essence of the spaces and objects that surround us. Creating an ever-evolving story, a living drawing, the all- white environment becomes a screen and a narrative to pass through, pause and experience from different perspectives.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

“I try to bring back a sense of nature and coincidence back into the homogeneity of the everyday.” Simon Heijdens

Simon Heijden’s vision, craftsmanship and remarkable take on the natural world reveal the principals of art and beauty in everyday life in a totally new way.  Just as Art Nouveau saw Jules Chèret introduce the printed poster and Louis Lumière create moving pictures, Heijden presents a new medium of expression that echoes the aesthetic innovation of the period.

lost time by glithero

DESIGN MIAMI/ 2012 LOST TIME BY GLITHERO

A rare and exceptional installation by London-based design duo Glithero, Lost Time draws on the work of Spanish artist Antoni Gaudi to translate the natural voluptuous curves of the Art Nouveau movement into a pure, experiential moment.

Gaudi’s goal was to find nature’s purest, most perfect curve for the Safrada Famila Church in Barcelona, which he achieved through a unique architectural model: a multitude of weighted strings draped from the ceiling.

Inspired by the sudden change of atmosphere, the ultimate stillness inside the Perrier-Jouet cellars – Glithero’s weighted, beaded strings hang like the dewdrops under the vaults. Below, a shallow pool of water captures the optical effect of light and contrast to create a similar sense of disorientation and timelessness - and offer a privileged environment for transformation.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

“In response to the Art Nouveau style, we have shifted the emphasis from the figurative representation of nature to capture the pure experience of nature”. Sarah Van Gameren, Glithero.

Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren, a couple in both work and life, founded Glithero after having met while studying at the Royal College of Art. From their mews studio in London, they make products, furniture and installations that present “ the beauty in the moment things are made”.

Today, that beauty is visible in the magical cave they’ve created in the Perrier-Jouet cellars beneath the Maison Belle Epoque, where chandelier-like loops of chain suspended above water recall and reinterpret Lost Time.

PATRON OF CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

PERRIER-JOUËT PATRON OF CONTEMPORARY DESIGN

Every year, Perrier-Jouët seeks out exciting young designers to embark on a unique collaboration in celebration of beauty and infusing art into everyday life.

 Each original creation is revealed to the world’s most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics at DESIGN MIAMI/, the global forum and premier venue for art, design, culture and lifestyle - before becoming part of Perrier-Jouët’s prestigious private collection at the Maison Belle Epoque in Epernay, Champagne.

 Perrier-Jouët has been the official champagne partner of DESIGN MIAMI/ since 2012. As well as supporting the international design fair with its commissioned creations, the House brings its style and spirit to the opening night, press reception and collectors’ lounge and plays host at VIP events and selected parties organized by the artistic community.