Kotoli by Nendo
Makers of contemporary dream-like creations, Studio Nendo have designed Kotoli, a wooden gift box that draws its inspiration both from architecture and the geometrical sculptures of Kiichi Sumikawa. The stark precision of the form provides a contrast to the material - a warm, sensual wood, which evokes the vine bark of the Champagne region.
Using a sliding system, which replicates the movement of Japanese screens, the gift box cover opens to reveal three, stacked rectangular trays. These separate parts are made from paulownias wood; a supple, hardwearing wood that is highly prized in Japan for making boxes, chests and traditional sandals.
When slipped out of its shell, Kotoli flashes a mischievous wink at the birds circling above the Champagne vines: with a perch-shaped stopper, tucked into one of the pull-out trays. Once placed on the bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs – housed in the top tray – the metal branch accommodates two exquisite champagne flutes. When this vertiginous stopper is not on top of the bottle, the flutes can also be perched on the flat Kotoli case or on the metal bar, which serves as a handle.
Besides paying homage to nature and the changing of the seasons, this creation is a reminder of connoisseurs coming together in a moment of sharing - flute brushing against flute, clinking together, finally coming to rest… to savour the subtle notes of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs.
Nendo, Inspirational Design Studio
Founded in Tokyo by Oki Sato, the Studio Nendo has a penchant for simplicity, spiced up with a zest of humour. While inspired by the little details of everyday life, the designs of this group are based on a well-defined concept in which objects should have a specific role in the lives of their owners. An unexpected fragrance drifting through the air comes from a spice jar whose miniature mouth forms the Japanese word for “pepper”; from a coffee table balanced on a snowflake-shaped base; from a climbing wall where the usual footholds are replaced by frames, mirrors or birds.