Water reflects Lost Time into the cellars of Perrier-Jouët
In the cellars of the famous champagne house Perrier-Jouët in Epernay, France, is located a permanent installation made in 2012 by the group of designers Glithero. Its name is Lost Time and it was originally created for the Design Miami art fair.
It is a minimalist installation consisting of several beads strung on a frame hanging on the ceiling of the cellars, which is reflected over a shallow water mirror. The work was commissioned by the same brand Perrier-Jouët which wanted to enhance the space of its cellars, where the wine matures and becomes Champagne, with a work that regained the glitz and the movement of Art Nouveau, its most famous champagne, whose bottle with anemones was conceived in 1902 by Emile Gallé, an exponent of Art Nouveau. Gaudí’s architectural model of Catalonian modernism, instead, inspired the conception of the structure of domes reversed.
This work, in its simplicity, becomes an experience of the senses thanks to the atmosphere of the cellars and to the water surface. Glithero creates a gallery where the installation is multiplied and is constantly altered at every change of light and at every movement of the water. The extended domes reflect themselves in the water below, suggesting bubbles in a glass of champagne. Sparkling and dreamlike structures that stimulate perception, invite the visitor to immediately seize the moment before it is lost in time.