Bottega Goes Outside the Box-------
Furthering his long-standing penchant for artist collaborations (cue everyone from Erwin Olaf to Nan Goldin), Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier has tapped Nancy Lorenz to create her third project for the brand—a series of decorative boxes that will be displayed at next week’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Entitled Skies and Beyond, the twenty-five-edition capsule is comprised entirely of one-offs—eccentric objets d’art rendered in blackened silver, palladium, and moon gold leaf. Lorenz is heralded for blending postwar abstractionism with the craftsmanship inherent in Asian art. She spent five years in Tokyo, where she learned to use industrial elements like lacquer in painterly ways. “I appreciate her refined technique, textural work, and overall artistic sensibility,” said Maier. The boxes capture an intersection of East and West—pewter grooves on one mirror hearken back to the raked sand in bonsai gardens, while the scratched mother-of-pearl on another invokes centuries-old Italian marble.
Skies and Beyond will be available for purchase through skiesandbeyond.bottegaveneta.com starting tomorrow. Each piece is priced at €5,000, or $6428.50 at the current exchange.