A design collaboration between Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and champagne house Veuve Clicquot honours a new vintage but still, modern design, with a cheery message of hope and positivity – a bold, artistic statement and a multicoloured, brightly optimistic worldview. Veuve Clicquot Pinot Noir bubbles and Yayoi Kusama’s Pop Art polka dots combine to make us feel better, more in touch with one another, more alive.
Now 91 years old, mostly reclusive but still focused and creatively active, Yayoi Kusama completed her partnership for La Grande Dame 2012 with a colorful and distinctive flourish – artwork and graphic designs for a special-edition, spotty-labeled bottle, a floral gift box, and a limited-edition magnum. In love with this luxury champagne?
‘From all my heart, the life of flowers flew away. My everlasting affection for the flowers, flew off beyond the universe to show its vitality, to gaze at the extremes of life’says Kusama’s accompanying, uplifting poem, which shares its title with the sculpture and was written especially for the Veuve Clicquot project.
The limited-edition luxury champagne, copper and resin artwork is enhanced by vintage Kusama: trippy, psychedelic, cellulose-painted blooms in pink, red, yellow, orange, and blue, simultaneously referencing microscopic and macroscopic universes, happily clamber all over the signature bottle, their spotty petals and curly, cartoon leave more fairy tale than commercial packaging luxury design. There are 100 numbered limited edition pieces, each one the result of 250 hours’ work.