Cartier Column by Alessandro Mendini: A bejeweled design masterpiece

Taking luxurious architecture to a new level and giving a whole new meaning to the term artistic masterpiece, the ‘Cartier Column’ is all set to create history. The brainchild of Italian architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, this luxe structure was created on the Salone Internazionale del Mobile occasion in Milano. Presented by Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art and Cartier, this unique structure has been made entirely from precious stones and gems. The stones used in the structure are various pearls, emeralds, sapphires, mandarin garnets, moonstones, diamond paving, chalcedonies, and rubies that can no longer be used classically as they have been pierced, dismounted, and engraved. The development and production of the “precious column” conceived by Mendini have been entrusted to Cartier Joaillerie.

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Categories classified the gems before being encapsulated into crystal cylinders subsequently incorporated vertically within pink-gold flutes. The entire column measuring 2.3 meters high took 18 months to build and involved intrinsic processes like layering more than 7 blocks around a central axis and setting all the stones into epoxy resin after 80 hours of polymerization.
So if this bejeweled creation has left you awestruck, make sure to visit the “Salone Internationale del Mobile 2010” where the Cartier Column will be displayed on the first floor of The Triennale of Milano

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