Dior + Jean-Michel Othoniel

Delphine Arnault, deputy general manager of LVMH, has commissioned French sculptor Jean-Michel Othoniel to design a limited Artist’s Edition of their fragrance J’adore Absolu. The artist, whose work Arnault collects, was given cart blanche to create a fine art object for this holiday season. The final design, shown below, was handcrafted in Murano, Italy.

Othoniel currently has an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art entitled “Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way,” which surveys the twenty-five-year career of artist.  The show, which includes “embellished heraldic banners, Murano glass sculptures, and magnified necklaces and knots, which conjure an intensely personal mythology while also evoking the fantasy universe of the fairytale,” runs through December 2. The bottle Othoniel designed for Dior is clearly reflective of the works within his oeuvre in that he turned the bottle into a spiraling sculptural piece. The limited edition fragrance is available now at select Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as Bergdorf Goodman. But before you rush to purchase, be aware that this not-so-ordinary fragrance comes with an art-worthy price tag, selling for $3,500 per bottle.

A sketch of the design by the artist; the final Limited Artist Edition of the J’Adore L’Absolu

Jean-Michel Othoniel, Lacans Knot, 2009, mirrored glass and metal (on view at Brooklyn Museum)



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