With his type of utilizing sharp angles and asymmetrical planes, Architect Daniel Libeskind’s designs have ranged from the brand new World Trade Center website to the Jewish Museum in Berlin and Denver Art Museum. His newest work nonetheless showcases a a lot smaller treasure, the redesigned bottle of Richard Hennessy, the cognac distiller’s namesake tribute to its founder.
“This is the perfect time to drink cognac,” says Hennessy Master Blender Renaud Fillioux de Gironde on a wet New York morning. There’s a direct view of the Statue of Liberty from his resort Presidential Suite, however he desires to attract consideration to the opposite architectural marvel within the room. The Libeskind-designed bottle is visually gorgeous: a transparent Baccarat glass curved bottle full of amber liquid housed inside an irregular five-sided glass airplane. “On the outside you have Libeskind and on the inside you have Richard,” says Fillioux de Gironde, “it’s a masterpiece within a masterpiece.”
Along with the bottle, Libeskind additionally designed a showcase tray to show the Richard, a fusil to extract and pour the cognac and tasting glasses that, just like the bottle, are historically tulip-shaped, however framed by sharped angles on the underside. One particular contact of the glass is an oblong decrease airplane angled again in direction of you, making a golden reflection that hovers in the course of clear glass and air.
Why the brand new design? “It’s important when you have a beautiful product to keep the energy going,” says Fillioux de Gironde. “We use the term ‘Architect of Enternity’ because we have created something that has lived for 250 years and will continue for 250 more. And the design of Daniel Libeskind is both contemporary and futuristic.”
When Fillioux de Gironde speaks of 250 years of the Hennessy model he’s additionally referring to his circle of relatives historical past. Although the 2 households will not be associated and haven’t intermarried, a member of Fillioux household has at all times been the Master Blender for the Hennessy household for the reason that early 1800s. Renaud Fillioux de Gironde is the eighth technology to take over the place. And a part of that legacy is working with aged barrels of eaux de vie made by his ancestors and making ready his personal for future generations.
“When I blend it’s with plenty of emotions,” says Fillioux de Gironde. “I may use eau de vie from a hundred years ago, made by my great-grandfather whom I never met. I’m proud to pay tribute, but I’m also sad because I’m using up part of our treasures. That’s the way it is with cognac. We follow them and prepare for the next generations. A huge part of my job is to prepare things I won’t see.”
The Richard Hennessy is comprised of a mix of over 100 eaux de vie, some greater than a century outdated, however Fillioux de Gironde insists that is not all that issues. “It’s not just a question of age, it’s making the right decisions over the whole life of the eau de vie. We taste over 10,000 samples every year. We taste the same ones over time to see how they evolve. You don’t take a picture of a baby and know what’s it’s going to look like in ten years. You take a picture once a year.”
Even the completed Richard Hennessy is one thing that must be tasted over time. “It’s like a person, you need to spend time with him to truly know him and have a conversation,” says Fillioux de Gironde. “Each time you have it you discover something new.”
The Richard Hennessy Decanter Designed by Daniel Libeskind is on the market for $7000. To buy, contact Hennessy and request to talk to Private Client Services. The Showcase Tray, Fusil and Glasses are additionally out there to buy individually.