"Creation in its multiple forms concerns the question of the material and its transformation to sublime ends. The gesture of the craftsmen or the de-signer contributes to the metamorphosis of the material during moments of po-etic grace, to create exceptional items" - Elizabeth Leriche
La Cornue is interested in the beauty of transformation associated with this new creation, a story about the transcendence of a common object to become a work of art and the “metamorphosis of the material during moments of poetic grace”.
For each edition of EuroCucina, La Cornue prides itself on the exercising of style, and dreams up an exceptional creation to demonstrate its expertise in the world of luxury kitch-ens, and also pursues the dialogue it maintains with other areas of knowledge and other craftsmen who reside, asit does, in the world of modernity.
This is amply demonstrated in the brand new design of the Château 150, created this year incollaboration with the Dutch designer Lex Pott. Under the guidance of the designer, the solid brass faces of the iconic ranges are transformed into fascinating oxidised textures of electric blue.
Lex Pott’s work has always been passionate and highly personal in regards to both the mate-rials used and their origins, he uses minimalist lines to bring out the essence of things. Grow-ing up in a family of painters, he approaches transformation in its all its pictorial, graphical and formal aspects. His work on the oxidation of metals has led to what can only be termed “true colour”.
With a metal oxides, heis attempting to find "Organic colours that are alive, have an edge ofimperfection and can be worked like paint. The material develops a patina asit ages, which becomes increasingly sophisticated over time”, Explains the designer. This is true for all LaCornue ranges, which are transformed into jewels the more they are used.
“The idea here was not to work on the effect, but above all to find original colours, to work with oxidation without sinking into traditionalism, to find an approach which was both poet-ic and contemporary at the same time.“
This method of approaching transformation remains faithful to the creative processes used atLa Cornue, and more specifically, to the raw materials transformed into exceptional objects at the Paris workshops, letting the object itself render this last transformation, that which LaCornue has been overseeing for over a century, the transformation of raw food into an ex-quisite dish.