inspired by Gaudí’s ingenious method to create the perfect curve, Anglo-Dutch design duo Glithero have hung loops of beaded chain over a shallow pool of water in an installation for champagne house Perrier-Jouët.
Founded by British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren, London-based studio Glithero was asked by Perrier-Jouët to come up with a piece to reflect the champagne house’s art nouveau history.
Lost Time is installed in a darkened room inside the Design Miami fair, stretching along a narrow corridor with a pool of water right beneath it.
The elongated domes are reflected in the water below, hinting at the bubbles of a champagne glass.
”We knew the affinity of Perrier-Jouët with art nouveau,” said van Gameren, explaining that they made the link with Gaudí’s architectural model for the art nouveau-influenced Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona.
”It was an upside-down model, and it was completely made of strings and little bags of sand to keep the string nicely poised,” continued van Gameren. “He mirrored it with a mirror underneath and used it as the basis for the structural fundaments of the Sagrada Familia.
“That’s a really interesting thing – it’s also almost like a tool that creates curves, and in this time, in this day and age, you probably have a computer to fill this function. What’s really charming of course, is that he managed to do it so analogue,” she added.
The designers also wanted to recreate the environment of the cellars in Epernay, France, where the champagne is made. “There is a really strange atmosphere in there because it’s a bit humid, moist, and the walls are all chalky because that’s where the grapes grow and all the bottles are stored there,” van Gameren explained to Dezeen at the opening of the installation.