Monday, November 24, 2008

RICH YUNG REPORT: Baas for Champagne Ruinart

Art and wine lovers will be mingling at the Maison Ruinart Champagne lounge at next month's annual Art Basel Miami Beach art show.

Internationally acclaimed Dutch furniture designer and artist Maarten Baas will be selling one of his latest works of art—a "melting" centerpiece that turns any room into a Salvador Dalí painting!

Constructed from Murano glass, silver and bottles of Ruinart Champagne, Bouquet de Champagne de Dom Ruinart is inspired by an 18th century Venetian chandelier and is designed to appear as if the chandelier has fallen and is melting into the table, along with bottles of Dom Ruinart and specially designed flutes.

The piece will be offered for sale at $100,000.

(Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house, exclusively producing champagne since 1729. Founded by Nicolas Ruinart in the Champagne region in the city of Reims, the house is today owned by the parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA.)