First African Design For Taittinger Collection Champagne

Senegalese artist Amadou Sow has created the latest limited edition bottle for the Taittinger Collection Champagne range.

The 2002 Vintage Champagne will be available from UK agent Hatch Mansfield from late March for £175.

“Cosmic Pearls” is the 12th in the series by Amadou Sow.

Previous contributors have included Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg.

Hatch Mansfield marketing director Lynn Murray said: “The Taittinger Collection continues to be one of the most eagerly-awaited releases from the Taittinger house.

“They are eye-catching, striking pieces which appeal not only to the avid collector but those looking for an unusual and memorable gift.”

$70,000 Champagne Cellar

Created by Porsche Design exclusively for the Veuve Clicquot champagne house, the Vertical Limit is a stunning champagne cellar that keeps bottles at their proper temperature (12°C). It has a stainless steel exterior that will leave you breathless. Every piece of the cellar is made by hand, which adds to its quality.

A limited set of 15 Vertical Limit cellars are available for $70 000 a piece, which is not bad considering it comes with 12 magnums of Veuve Clicquot of the best vintage wines.

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Once Upon A Dream Sleep Capsule Debuts At DesignMiami Along With a Flute of Veuve

Created by designer Mathieu Lehanneur, Once Upon A Dream is an innovative sleep capsule combining the best in science and design. It was unveiled for the first time in the US at DesignMiami, held from 30 November – 5 December 2010. DesignMiami is the marketplace for limited-edition design in Florida.

The sleep capsule has been designed to create a space that evokes resynchronization through touch, sight, smell and sound. The innovative design of sleep capsule, manufactured in Italy, provides ideal condition for a good sleep; from precisely the right temperatures to the right lighting. A hanging live plant, which is powered with a low grade current flowing through it, helps in enhancing the ambience.

In celebration of its US debut during DesignMiami, Veuve Clicquot has offered champagne bedtime stories in the Once Upon a Dream sleep capsule for guests, a luxurious experience which included a flute of Veuve Clicquot with each reading.

Ruinart’s Champagne Art

Ruinart has launched “Collection Prestige” and made their Blanc de Blanc champagne a collectors item by having Milan-based artist Patricia Urquiola create a Fil d’Or or Golden Thread bottle stopper. Urquiola was inspired by the twisting motion used to manufacture cork cages. The bottle and champagne stopper costs $69.95.