A Perrier-Jouët interview with Makoto Azuma youtube.com
At the start of the 20th century, master glass maker Emile Galle sketched an art nouveau style spray of white Japanese anemones for Perrier-Jouët champagne House. Since that time, the design and the anemones have held as the emblem of the company’s cuvée Belle Époque. This past July, for the first time in its history, Perrier-Jouët launched a re-interpreted, limited edition of this iconic Belle Epoque Champagne Bottle.
For the bottle’s new design, Perrier-Jouët commissioned talented Japanese floral artist, Makoto Azuma, to create a botanical composition. Azuma described his goals for the piece as such, “I wanted to make something extraordinary, taking inspiration from the sensation of champagne inside the mouth, and the delicate movement of the ivy and leaves with a special attention and tribute given to Emile Galle’s anemones.”
Azuma’s final botanical composition was a seemingly weightless swirl of anemones strung within a contemporary stainless steel frame. For the new Belle Epoque bottle, Azuma’s organic work was subtly reinterpreted in the form of gold stylized flowers and foliage, which now delicately weave their way around Emile Galle’s original (1902) white anemones. The result is a beautiful dialogue between two artists across space and time. Images via Perrier-Jouët. via