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Ruinart collaborates with artist Piet Hein Eek

by 07 May 2013

Ruinart, the inimitable Champagne house founded in 1729, has always been a supporter of the arts. For the latest collaboration, Ruinart has teamed up with Dutch artist Piet Hein Eek to create a limited edition of hand-crafted wooden boxes for the Blanc de Blancs and Rosé collections. Created in honour of the first shipment of Ruinart Champagne to Elsinore, Denmark in 1769, the packaging of the Ruinart Champagne has become a symbol of the value of the product. Piet Hein Eek is a non-traditional carpenter who uses the wood that others would tend to disregard, overlooking its natural beauty.

"The box is an homage to the fact that they were the first to use wooden boxes. I am a storyteller, I need to go through a story to create. For me that is also the focus on processes, the process is a story, and the Ruinart story fits very well with the way I try to design". - Piet Hein Eek

For more than twenty years, Hein Eek has designed contemporary marquetry in which the materials take on a dreamlike appeal. Each wooden case developed in this collaboration is adapted to each champagne bottle, an incredible testament to craftsmanship and luxury. Even more incredible than the individual cases are the architectural structures Hein Eek was able to construct to create sculptures of wood and Champagne bottles. The trapezoid box, whose geometry follows the bottle with a series of minimal tangents, was designed with recycled wood in pale grey, white and cream, reminding the artist of the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.

The Blanc de Blancs is a Champagne produced only from Chardonnay grapes, compared to other possibilities such as a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which creates a truly fine, gastronomic Champagne.

"Eek’s playful aesthetic, which treads a singular line between the utilitarian and the poetic, resonates with the values of the Ruinart label." - Ruinart