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Boucheron & Sugimoto: Let There Be Light

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What better place to pay a fashionable tribute to light than in Paris, the City of Light. For its 120th anniversary at Place Vendôme, Boucheron teamed up with Japanese artist, Hiroshi Sugimoto, to produce an exhibition that plays on the parallels with the Maison’s new high jewelry collection, ‘Hôtel de la Lumière’.

Within its ‘Artiste et Artisan du Rêve’ project, the French jeweler regularly invites artists to tailor exhibitions based on the themes raised by its high jewelry creations. For ‘Hôtel de la Lumière’, Sugimoto was invited to exhibit photographs from his ‘Revolution’ series, his so-called ‘Night-Time Seascapes’—six large monochrome prints, rich in Chiaroscuro-worthy light nuances and linear patterns.

“In the late Spring of 1982, I watched from a cliff in Newfoundland, as a beautiful sunset coincided with a full moon rising in the Eastern sky,” explained Sugimoto. “My starting point were the various moon-phases. ‘Revolution’ should be understood like the rotation of a star. It questions the temporary nature of the rules that govern and how we interpret the world.”

Thus, ‘Hôtel de la Lumière’ builds a subtle contrast to Sugimoto’s spiritual depiction of light, made of moonlit seascapes, with rays of light diffracting over a dark sea. Boucheron’s new high jewelry collection features dazzling diamond sets, bathed in the sunny light of aquamarine, meteorite, and gold. “Once we decided to work on the light thematic, we decided to work with the archives of Mr. Frédéric Boucheron,” explained Pierre Bouissou, Boucheron’s CEO, to Style.com/Arabia. “One of our masterpieces, ‘Soleil Radiant’, illustrates the most contemporary vision of the subject, ‘light’, with the influence of Frédéric Boucheron’s work.”

Statement pieces, such as a necklace made out of rose-cut and round diamonds are set like a cascade: there is a circular case of rock crystal and a sun-ray resembling baguette-set choker, or the Maison’s signature diamond tassels, which all pay homage to Boucheron’s 12 decades of craftsmanship.

Until October 25th.

www.boucheron.com

www.sugimotohiroshi.com

 

 

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