Hennessy X.O Mathusalem by Frank Gehry and Baccarat.
“We’ve never seen anything like this!” In collaboration with Hennessy, the renowned architect Frank Gehry and the Baccarat glassmakers have created a magnificent decanter, which is both a monumental sculpture and a crystal masterpiece. The striking asymmetry, the powerful movement, the imposing size and the desire for a tangible experience, all bear the mark of one of the most outstanding architects of our time.
From a twisting tower to a dancing house, titanium curves and a glass ship – Frank Gehry’s works of art convey their poetry in different forms and materials.
Fascinating, dramatic and architecturally impressive, this decanter illuminates the different stages and journeys of the cognac tasting process. It casts a glorious light on the sensory journey promised by Hennessy X.O. Striving for perfection, three names, Gehry, Hennessy and Baccarat have pushed the limits of imagination.
The artist Frank Gehry continues his collaboration with the cognac brand Hennessy. In this dialogue with expertise, he is joined by one of the most famous brands ever: Baccarat.
“Frank Gehry captures the spirit of a place. He explores the environment and takes inspiration from it, ready to embrace the unexpected, passionate and curious. With a single stroke, his hand draws a distinctive sketch on the paper that will soon embody the sky, forest or sea. Although technology allows him to tame strange geometries, it will never be anything more than a tool he uses to serve his creativity. When the work is finished and the impossible has been brought to life, it becomes clear that only one person could have designed it.” – Hennesy Maison.
Frank Gehry and the Baccarat artisans have created a magnificent cognac decanter, which is both a monumental sculpture and a masterpiece. The striking asymmetry, the powerful movement, the imposing size and the desire for a tangible experience, all bear the mark of the most outstanding architect of our time. Frank Gehry unites two Maisons of equal age and prestige, which are magical melting pots of a living world shaped by their craftspeople. His creation combines tension and grace, as well as unity and contrast, for the Hennessy X.O Mathusalem cognac, which is spectacular, surprising and sensual.
The cognac decanter designed by Frank Gehry embodies an incredible dialogue between maker and designer. With the supervision of the best craftsmen – the winners of the competition Meilleurs Ouvriers de France – it represents a collaborative project, from prototype to sculpture. Each piece requires a unique mould that encases and shapes it and is broken after a few days. Freed from its casing, the decanter emerges from the fragments, like a precious gem eager to amaze us. It waits to shine, a truly pure and transparent jewel created by the artisans. Its interior structure, outer shell and protruding yet infinitely soft blocks all testify to the ingenuity, consistency and skill that have underpinned its creativity. Its striking contours, stunning radiance and the golden letters of Hennessy X.O continue to capture the spirit of the glassmakers and the delicate techniques of the founders, carvers, polishers and gilders.