When one parallels the exclusivity and meticulous dedication that goes behind fine art to the craft behind champagne, both become practically analogous. It is a fact realised by many contemporary artists, who have teamed up with famed champagne companies to design limited edition packaging for the bubbly — essentially art on the bottle.
These exclusive bottles have become treasures for champagne collectors worldwide, and often come with a hefty price tag. We take a look at some of the most creative champagne collaborations by modern artists, including some of the priciest.
Premiered during Art Basel 2014, Russell’s design for the label’s Blanc de Blanc bottle is inspired by the chalk quarries of Maison Ruinart. The bottle rests in an elaborate white ornament that plays on shadow and light, which is manipulated by the nest to bring out the gold of the bubbly.
Glitch art goes glamour with Martin Riedel’s Dom Pérignon collaboration. The German abstract artist created limited edition designs of the 2006 and Rosè 2004 bottles, inspired by digital printing and PowerPoint transitions. Riedel took the “D” and “P” of the brand name and digitally altered it thousands of times to create the box, which doubles as an artistic statement of time and identity.
Designed in 1985 by the godfather of pop art, the Tattinger x Lichtenstein bottling sees the artist employ his signature pointillist colouring style, very similar to comic book art, to decorate the bottle’s façade. Lichtenstein was inspired by advertising, repetition and text bubbles, which he adapted to the bottle in striking cobalt and yellow designs.
2005 Belle Epoque Rosé meets the beauty of the natural world with Muniz’s Perrier-Jouët adaptation. Exploring a fairtytale encounter in a garden, Muniz crafts a charmingly romantic story around the gilded pastel flowers and sketched hummingbird. If it weren’t so pretty, this bottle would be the ideal accompaniment to an afternoon picnic.
Not technically a bottle re-design, but Veuve Clicquot’s constant innovations deserve to be mentioned. Naturally Clicquot was a line designed in collaboration with Ragot, who crafted a bottle cover from potato starch and biodegradable recycled paper, which also doubles as a cooler. It’s a strong message sent across about Clicquot’s strong environmentally-conscious creed, made impactful through art.