Pop Bottles in Style with Christofle’s Elegant New Champagne Accessories
There’s nothing quite as festive as popping bottles to fete life’s most jovial moments. So why not celebrate in style? Paris-based architect Elliott Barnes, along with luxury tableware company Christofle, has unveiled just the thing to get your party started—a limited-edition trio of Champagne-sipping accessories that fuse elegance and merry-making.
Barnes’s understatedly chic Champagne bucket, saber, and vasque (an enlarged bucket intended for two or more bottles) were all designed around the idea of an ellipse. “My design process always begins by searching for small, often seemingly unrelated details in a brand, in a logo, or in a name,” Barnes says of the collection, fittingly called Dellipse. “In this case, I began with the letter C—for Christofle and Champagne—and the ovoid shape created by connecting the two Cs. I took that shape and twisted and extruded it, thinking about the physical act of twisting a Champagne bottle to finish pouring a glass.”
The resulting objects look like they were twirled in the wind and are far more precise than one might think a human could construct. But a human hand did touch each of these objects. In fact, a skilled silversmith in Christofle’s Yainville, France, headquarters crafted each piece (the vasques alone took 80 hours each to create). Before silversmithing began though, Barnes’s design went through several iterations. “After I made the initial sketch, my team created a digital model that was then transformed into a 3D-printed model,” Barnes says. “There were many variations to get the curves and the angles of the twist just right.”
The collection is exquisite in its use and its design—deceptively simple but possible only through the expertise of a house that has been in operation since 1830. “The mirror polish and curves make it so that the pieces reflect their surroundings, almost disappearing into whatever room they’re in,” Barnes says. And if you aren’t one for a sloshy soiree, you can still enjoy a piece or two, he adds: “While their primary function is serving Champagne, they can easily serve as sculptural objets d’art when not in use.” Santé to that!
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