July 18 2011
It looks like a plain and sleek wooden box but is, in fact, the latest way to keep your champagne portable and cool, in every possible way. The oldest champagne house, Ruinart, has done limited-edition bottle carriers/coolers for high-summer occasions before, but in more traditional style. The new design takes the genre to a different design level. Dreamt up by Tokyo design studio Nendo, founded by architect Oki Sato (known for practical creations with a touch of art and whimsy), it is based on traditional Japanese paulownia wood puzzle boxes but in striking contemporary form.
The two sides of the box slide smoothly apart to reveal three drawers (second picture). One contains two flutes, mysteriously unstemmed, each in a snug metal loop. Below is an elegant, satinised metal stopper with a long handle. At the bottom is an insulated bottle of Ruinart’s Blanc de Blancs, a classic summer favourite. The ensemble is called Kotoli, which means “little bird”. The idea is to hook the glasses on to the stopper-handle once they are poured, like two birds on a wire, representing sociability and conviviality. You can also put them on the matching metal carrying handle (first picture).
Set to be a talking point at the chicest summer picnics, and with an extremely pleasant bottle of fizz attached, the Kotoli is in a very limited edition – just 20 are expected to arrive at Harvey Nichols on about July 25, at £120.