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. Brainchild of Italian architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, this luxe structure was created on the occasion of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milano. Presented by Cartier Fondation for Contemporary Art and Cartier, this unique structure has been made entirely from precious stones and gems. The stones used in the structure are a variety of pearls, emeralds, sapphires, mandarin garnets, moonstones, diamond paving, chalcedonies and rubies that can no longer be used in a classical manner 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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The gems were classified by categories 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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