27th November 2020: For Design Miami/ 2020, Maison Perrier-Jouët is renewing its collaboration with the Austrian design practice mischer’traxler studio, founded by Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler. The Curiosity Cloud chandelier, the work presented this year, is a reflection on the relationship between man and nature, enriched with considerations of the impact of human activity and the importance of biodiversity – a mindful approach the designers share with Maison Perrier-Jouët, which has a 200-year heritage of evolving in symbiosis with nature. Curiosity Cloud represents the latest stage in a long-standing creative partnership between the Champagne House and mischer’traxler studio, which will continue at Design Miami/ 2021, when the designers will present a new commission for Maison Perrier-Jouët.
The Curiosity Cloud chandelier is composed of 22 mouth-blown glass bulbs of three different sizes, specially created by the renowned Viennese glassware company Lobmeyr. Each contains a delicate, hand-crafted replica of an insect common in the United States, speaking to the America(s) theme of Design Miami/ 2020. However, among the native insects are also a number of invasive species, illustrating changes to nature and biodiversity that have been brought about by human activities such as global travel and transportation.
From a distance, the insects within the chandelier are quiet and still. Just one or two seem to come to life, their vessels emitting a soft, glowing light. As the intrigued spectator is drawn towards them, more insects start to move, swirling around inside their glass bulbs, their fluttering wings creating a subtle soundscape. As in a cabinet of curiosities, this sensory installation presents the beauty and diversity of nature, yet also highlights its fragility and vulnerability, prompting reflections that have immediate relevance today. The use of technology allows the interactive installation to draw the viewer in, triggering surprise, intrigue and discussion.
Founded in 1811 in Epernay, Maison Perrier-Jouët is one of France’s most historic champagne houses, but also one of its most distinctive, renowned for its floral and intricate champagnes which reveal the true essence of the Chardonnay grape and an enduring tradition of savoir-faire – an unparalleled expertise of only eight Cellar Masters since its foundation.
A boutique house with a family spirit, Perrier-Jouët has been profoundly influenced by its founders’ love of nature and art – twin inspirations which allow it to create exceptional experiences and moments of wonder that enhance everyday life.
Since its 1902 collaboration with Art Nouveau pioneer Emile Gallé, creator of the anemone design for its Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque prestige cuvee, Perrier-Jouët has commissioned work from established and emerging artists including, Daniel Arsham, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Miguel Chevalier, Makoto Azuma, Tord Boontje, Studio Glithero and Simon Heijdens, and more recently Vik Muniz, mischer’traxler, Ritsue Mishima, Andrew Kudless, Luftwerk, Bethan Laura Wood or Andrea Mancuso.