Celebrating the original, emblematic icon of the Hennessy Maison calls for a deep, powerful and meaningful gesture, an undertaking which has yielded phenomenal results in the form of a spectacular limited-edition decanter.
In tribute to the 150th anniversary of Hennessy X.O, Moët Hennessy unveiled a limited-edition decanter designed by world-renowned architect extraordinaire, Frank Gehry.
The 91-year-old artisan, renowned for his iconic boundless designs (The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and The Foundation Louis Vuitton, just to name a few), has lent his signature sculptural style to reinterpret the Hennessy X.O’s timeless bottle, marrying gold and glass to extol Hennessy’s rich and amaranthine legacy.
The end result ushers in a fitting new era for the Extra Old Cognac with a striking design that captures Gehry’s trademark unconventional aesthetic with Hennessy’s daring sensibilities.
Drawing inspiration from the rich Hennessy X.O blend and the glistening Charente River in Cognac, France, which runs through the Hennessy Maison, Gehry created a truly impressive, sensorial masterpiece.
Designed with an incredible focus on attention to details, the iconic Hennessy X.O bottle is enveloped in a crinkled sleeve of 24 carat gold-dipped bronze, evoking the radiant movement of water as it reflects the light.
The sculptural decanter is encased by a fractured glass glorifier, which further amplifies the inspiration of water and light. “To discover Hennessy X.O is to discover an unexpected sensorial experience, and this is truly reflected in Frank Gehry’s latest masterpiece, which Hennessy is unveiling to the world as part of its World Odyssey celebration to commemorate 150 spectacular years. This is an amazing moment in history for Hennessy.
"During this time of global transformation and solidarity, Hennessy and Frank Gehry have come together to share a vision for a hopeful future as we look to amplify Hennessy’s universal values of joy, optimism, and resilience, ” said Moët Hennessy Diageo Malaysia managing director Thomas Bouleuc.
Hennessy has released an exclusive, limited run of 150 numbered decanters, imprinted with Frank Gehry’s signature globally.
A wider release of limited-edition Hennessy X.O bottles also created by Frank Gehry will launch in markets worldwide, including Malaysia, to further embellish this exceptional collaboration.
Retailing at RM938, the limited-edition bottles are available for purchase at all key retail outlets and e-retail outlets. As part of the celebrations, Hennessy also collaborated with Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, particularly renowned for his large-scale artistic installations and his use of fireworks to stage spectacular public events of intense emotional resonance, as he did for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Cai Guo-Qiang was commissioned to create a “Daytime Fireworks Live Event” which was held on the Charente, where Cai Guo-Qiang composed a spectacular 15-minute fireworks event in three acts.
Like a theatrical performance, this artistic odyssey exploded with drama, poetry, colour and emotion, with multicoloured fireworks launched from 150 oak barrels floating on the Charente River.
More information about Hennessy X.O’s 150th anniversary celebration and the collaboration with Frank Gehry can be found at Hennessy Malaysia’s Facebook page.
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