Wednesday, October 28, 2009
One of my greatest pleasure and privilege is to visit what is never seen by the public. For instance, Cartier's workshop situated in the attic of the flag building 13 rue de la Paix in Paris. In a little room next to the workshop itself, there is a library full of books and magazines on botanic and wild life to support the inspiration of the designers. Some of them are very common publications but handy enough to study the general anatomy of a panther, a giraffe, a turtle etc... There are also some rare books. First, the project is sculpted in a piece of wax in different variations, sometimes painted to imitate the gems. After a long process and final approval, the model in wax, turned into precious stones, is simply tucked away in a chocolate box, a Godiva chocolat box to be precise. Now I'm sharing this little secret with you. Of course, you must click on the pictures to see the details.