OK, This Was Our Other Favorite Art Basel Party: Pierre Gagnaire x Perrier-Jouët
As luxury brands vie to connect themselves to the most celebrated creative figures of our time, quite a lot of it plays out as spectacular experiences during Art Basel Miami. Perrier-Jouët certainly outdid themselves this year, with their reinterpretation of a lavish nature banquet that was inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, a period which marked the inception of the storied champagne house.
Through a collaboration with their curated Artisans of the Wild – three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire, designer Andrea Mancuso, and supermodel Winnie Harlow – Perrier-Jouët was able to conjure an extravagant, sensorial dinner party at The Faena Hotel, that mixed theater with a multi-course menu by one of the world’s most exalted chefs.
“Nature dictates my cuisine and gives it meaning,” explains Gagnaire, who created a structured cuisine that resembled edible masterpieces of art, incorporating the brand’s cuvees as an ingredient as well as a pairing. Hervé Deschamps, Cellar Master of Maison Perrier-Jouët, and designer Mancuso, of Analogia Project, worked together for a whole year to imagine a new artistic champagne ritual called Metamorphosis, a collection of glassware that was on display at Design Miami.
Mancuso elucidates that, “like Perrier-Jouët champagne [my design] tells stories, creates surprises and conveys emotions.”
Metamorphosis forms part of a new tasting experience exploring the metamorphoses of nature and the way Maison Perrier-Jouët transforms grapes into champagne using over 200 years of savoir faire. Over the evening rare vintages were flowing into Mancuso’s intricate bespoke glassware, and choreographer Bianca Li unveiled a Metamorphosis dance performance to guests throughout the banquet, bringing a touch of fanfare and theater to the evening.