The Cartier Column
Creating a work of art using fine and precious stones, a collection made with gems that can no longer be used in a classical manner as they have been pierced, dismounted and engraved; giving a second life to pearls, engraved emeralds, sapphires, mandarin garnets, moonstones, diamond paving, chalcedonies and rubies … The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and Cartier entrusted this mission to the renowned Italian architect - designer Alessandro Mendini, who presented his work at the Fondation Cartier in Paris in 2002 as part of the “Fragilisme”exhibition.
The development and production of the "precious column" conceived by Mendini have been entrusted to Cartier Joaillerie. These incredible gems, a true lapidary's handbook, were classified by categories before being encapsulated into crystal cylinders subsequently incorporated vertically within pink-gold flutes.
This column, 2.3 m high, required over 18 months of work, from the initial sketches to the final project. In accordance with the principles of Greco-Roman architecture, this ingenious challenge involved layering more than 7 blocks around a central axis. Topaz, citrine, peridot, emeralds: all the stones were set into epoxy resin after 80 ours of polymerization.
The Cartier Column will be presented, at the occasion of the “Salone Internationale del Mobile 2010”, the most important design fair in the world, at The Triennale of Milano, on the first floor, just in front of the entrance of the Triennale Design Museum, this year under the curatorship of Alessandro Mendini.
La Triennale di Milano is from 1933 a benchmark for the cultural and economic life of the city, the core of the intense interplay between creativity and civil society. La Triennale is a complex reality, a lively centre of cultural production, a place where creative thoughts are stimulated and project culture thrives.
By A Web Design