Maison Perrier-Jou?t and Andrea Mancuso, Analogia Project
Andrea Mancuso of Analogia Project

Maison Perrier-Jou?t and Andrea Mancuso, of Analogia Project, imagine a new artistic champagne experience

As part of Designart Tokyo 2019, Maison Perrier-Jou?t 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-Jou?t Artisan of the Wild. It was a taster of what’s to come with “A Banquet of Nature by Perrier-Jou?t”, which will take place during Design Miami.

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This year, Maison Perrier-Jou?t 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.

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Metamorphosis, Andrea Mancuso
Metamorphosis, Andrea Mancuso
Metamorphosis, Andrea Mancuso

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.

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During a visit to Maison Belle Epoque – the historic home of Maison Perrier-Jou?t’s founding family – in Epernay, France, Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps revealed the story and personality of each Perrier-Jou?t cuvée to Andrea Mancuso, who then translated these details into the design of each glass.

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Loyal to the ethos of Art Nouveau, each of the six creations are directly inspired by Maison Perrier-Jou?t’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-Jou?t told through ritualistic objects and actions”, notes Andrea Mancuso.

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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.

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The glasses in the ‘Metamorphosis’ collection also accompanied Perrier-Jou?t 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-Jou?t 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-Jou?t” 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-Jou?t’ 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.

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