In the 18th century champagne was apparently shipped in baskets. Ruinart broke with this tradition and switched to boxes in the latter part of the century. Eek creates individual storage cases fit to the shape of a Ruinart Blanc de Blancs bottle. Each is indivually created, signed and numbered. The work is meticulous down to the wood and laquers chosen. Thes boxes will be shown next to the installaton, an arch full of Ruinart bottles.
Eek, from Holland, is a designer with a focus on the use of wood. He has been worked in the medium for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the Design Academy in Eindhoven and is known mainly for sustainable furniture designs. He also creates lights and accessories.
These champagne boxes will be on sale at Knightsbridge and Plum Market.
I need to stop writing about this. It is making me want to drink Ruinart Champagne, which I cannot currently afford. It is also 9 a.m.