"…There’s no kitchen. The only food that comes into the house is instant coffee, milk and sugar. And champagne, which we keep in a large fridge in the studio… Our favourite champagne is Ruinart because it ruins art…" – Gilbert, in Gilbert & George: Intimate Conversations with François Jonquet
Gilbert and George have lived together at the same house in East London since 1968. Rarely venturing further than their local café, where they eat every day, they love inner city life because, as they told Phaidon.com, "the whole world is at our doorstep".
So the artists will be pleased to see that their favourite champagne brand has teamed up with the Japanese design house Nendo, to encourage people to enjoy the urban environment through city-picnicking as an alternative to escaping to the countryside. In true Gilbert and George fashion, the picnic box Nendo has created provides little space for food, but with the clean lines and simplicity characterised by modern Japanese design, it does make for a stylish champagne holster.
Nendo were inspired by the idea of birds resting on the web of telephone wires which criss cross above Tokyo's streets. With this in mind, the champagne flutes are designed to perch, for a moment's rest, on the bottle.
If, unlike East London’s favourite artists, it is not the bustle, graffiti and bird droppings that you love about the city, Nendo’s approach encourages us to take the time to relax and translate the hectic urban landscape into a vision of simplicity and elegance.
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