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Bubbly Will Never Be the Same

By Jeannette Park
Fashion Wire Daily - NY

Recognized by his penchant for translucent glass, sleek lines and abundant use of natural light in his buildings, architect Richard Meier is no stranger to the design world. But the mastermind behind such buildings as L.A.'s Getty Museum, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Jubilee Church in Rome has a brand new commission, which is sure to bring him to a new class of admirers.

Celebrating Tuesday night at 66 -- the Meier-designed, Chinese fusion wunderkind of Jean Georges Vongerichten -- friends and admirers came out to toast Meier's newest project: an exclusive, limited-edition Dom Pérignon gift set holding six bottles of the best bubbly's best Vintage 1995.

CFDA director Peter Arnold and event stylist Colin Cowie sipped flutes of Dom while admiring the cases that were illuminated on the restaurant's communal dining table. Shaped like a standard dresser drawer, this non-standard elegant case is constructed of quarter-inch Lucite, including a frosted base with raised, custom-molded frosted Lucite inserts which cradle the six bottles, and finished with rounded stainless steel handles on each end.

"The design of this simple, luminous carrying case for Dom Perignon is, like much of my work, expressive of a distinct transformation of modernism. It will, I believe showcase the elegant lines of the Dom Pérignon bottles and result in a very good pairing, balancing the legendary Champagne with a heightened sense of aesthetics," Meier said.

With a cover made of clear Lucite, the 250 limited edition cases are each etched with "Richard Meier for Dom Pérignon" and an individual number. Available for the 2003 holiday season, the suggested retail price is $2,000.

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