Jewelry designer and sculptor Charlotte Chesnais has teamed up with Italian arbiter of luxurious Loro Piana to collaborate on a restricted collection of candleholders. Attribute of Chesnais’ natural, fluid shapes, three totally different designs – single, double and triple candleholders – are available bronze, silver and gold.
Typically taking inspiration from family objects for her jewelry and sculptural designs, Chesnais wished to create ‘an object that evoked heat… harking back to [Loro Piana’s] distinctive cashmere’, in distinction to the chilly metals she makes use of. She arrived on the thought of candleholders.
Contemplating the candleholders ‘jewelry for the house’, she used the identical ideas and processes as she does for her jewelry and sculptures: ‘I begin with a drawing after which experiment with supplies: modelling clay, wire or iPhone cable, which I twist and deform till I discover the form I like. Then within the workshop we make life-size 3D impressions with resin earlier than creating the primary prototypes,’ she says.
Utilizing the traditional technique of ‘misplaced wax casting’ permits Chesnais to keep up absolute management and precision over shapes that usually seem to take their very own meandering path. ‘There are various small steps that every reveal a special aspect of expertise. And the larger the objects, the extra advanced the method,’ she says. The candleholders are produced by professional makers in workshops in France and Italy.
Chesnais, who studied vogue at Studio Berçot in Paris, and honed her design tastes by exploring Parisian flea markets from a younger age, expanded her apply from jewelry design to embody sculpture in 2019 when she was requested to be president of the Hyères Pageant. Impressed by the scope of Villa Noailles and the workplace of Marie-Laure de Noailles, she ‘felt the urge to current bolder, greater issues: sculptures of my jewelry’.
She remembers her first interplay with Loro Piana 15 years earlier, when she was designing jewelry in-house for Balenciaga. ‘We purchased rolls of cashmere for our collections. It was unbelievable, everybody wished to roll in it. There’s nonetheless nothing prefer it in the marketplace and I’ve all the time wished to work with Loro Piana ever since.’
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