“I was a free man in Paris, I felt unfettered and alive!” A sentence from one of my favorite songs by Joni Mitchell. that perfectly sums up my trip to the French capital two weeks ago. Now, I’m not much of a braggart, but I’ll gladly make an exception for this blogpost. After all, you have to admit it sounds pretty darn cool when you’re invited to come to Paris by Ruinart, the oldest champagne house in France.
Are you in art? R U in art? Ruinart! Get it? It’s definitely one of the cleverest puns I’ve heard in ages. It’s also a highly appropriate one, since Ruinart is one of the most respected patrons of contemporary art and design. This year, they commissioned a collection of twelve Murano glass objects by French designer Hubert le Gall. The collection visualizes the twelve months of the grape harvesting cycle, Le Gall told me in an interview the day after the launch party at the Palais de Tokyo. My interview with Hubert le Gall is going to be published in Residence magazine next month by the way, (hurray for me!) and I’ll publish it on Interiorator.com in English as soon as the issue is out.
For now, I’ll leave you with the pictures I took during the launch party. Do I even need to tell you that I had a wonderful time? There were eight hundred people to hobnob with and I swear to god I’m sure we all drank just as many bottles of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne. When I stumbled out of the Palais de Tokyo at around 9PM to go for dinner, there were a ton of people still waiting outside. And if you scoll all the way to the bottom of this blogpost, you can see I Couldn’t resist taking a picture. Very Otto Snoek, don’t you think? Life is a killer indeed!