In 1824 the Sultan of Egypt bestowed a giraffe to the King of France as a gift of diplomacy. The giraffe, nicknamed Tall Horse by the thousands of Frenchman who lined the streets to witness the event of the giraffe travelling from the port of Marseilles to Paris, inspired the creation of the Tall Horse range of wines.
Launched specifically to capitalize on the â€˜critter crazeâ€™ that hit the USA, Tall Horse is still standing tall. The unmistakable colourful labels stand out from the on-shelf clutter in retail stores making it instantly recognizable.
Design by Mark Ransome, Fireworks Design.
A word play on one of the most commonly asked questions â€˜Why Not?, the Wine Not wine label was designed with the intention of evoking an inquisitive response from the consumer.
At an affordable price, this quality wine begs the question, why not?
The question mark graphic on the front label is a die-cut revealing the actual wine in the bottle.
Design by Mark Ransome, Fireworks Design.
Jordan Jelev from Bulgaria has been designing wine labels for more than ten years.
â€œIn most of my wine labels you can see hand made calligraphy (digital or analogue) which is something like a personal style or signature â€“ in the XXI century most of the designers use digital fonts, only a few do custom lettering…â€
â€œFirst I do a simple sketch of the type – just to see how it goes as a composition, swashes etc., then I put it in front of my eyes and start reproducing the style but this time with black ink, penholder and proper nibs. After repeating this form 200 to 500 times, I finally get the hand lettered original. Wait 10minutes to dry…, then it is scanned and in some cases transferred to vector graphic or sometimes it is kept natural as it is – depends on what I want to do in my projectâ€.
â€œSome of my wine labels are entirely hand made – I draw them with ink on a blank sheet of paper, then when ready I scan it for small digital processing, but preserving carefully the hand made style, then I make the printing plates – from hard polymer, using etching – then cover them with ink and start printing labelsâ€.
We look forward to seeing more wine labels from Jordan in the future!
On the occasion of the release of the new Bond film Quantum of Solace launches Bollinger of Bollinger & Collectors Bullet 007. The Bullet was designed by French designer Eric BerthÃ¨s and includes a magnum bottle of Bollinger Grande AnnÃ©e 1999. The unique shape is inspired from bullet of the Walther PPK, the gun of choice for James Bond in the Quantum of Solace.
The "bullet" is supplied in a wooden coffin. The whole weighs more than 30 kg and costs "around" 4,000 euro ($5,765). Only 207 of these exclusive bottles will be produced, and each of them will be numbered.
Bollinger has been the champagne of choice for James Bond ever since Ian Fleming wrote the first Bond books over fifty years ago. In Casino Royale (2006), the champagne brand was at least four times shown or mentioned. Also in the new Bond film, Quantum of Solace (2008), the champagne will be paid on two receptions and Bond drinks him while he waits for someone in the suite of a palace.
The Petit Coeur (meaning Little Heart) drinking glass is the latest creation of Etienne Menueau, a French designer who brought us a series of unusually-shaped carafes.
This work of art is an abstract reinterpretation of the human heart, complete with its atriums, ventricles, and an aorta for a spout.
The unique drinking glass is 20 cm tall, and made of borosilicate glass. Only 12 (eight numbered and signed and four artist proofs) were made and they cost a shocking â‚¬1,500 ($2,000). Wine is good for the heart right ?
MoÃ«t & Chandon prepares to welcome 2009 with an amazing surprise : a new creation signed by talented French designer Camille Toupet. Midnight Gold is an Imperial Crude MoÃ«t & Chandon provided with a luxury and limited edition case.
The MoÃ«t & Chandon Midnight Gold case is a case designed specifically to chill bottles of MoÃ«t & Chandon and is made of lambskin covered with gold and decorated with hand-sewn swarovski crystals and gilded pearls, which draws it inspiration from Champagne bubbles.
The matching gold bubble stopper gives it the touch of elegance required and the â€œneck tieâ€, signature of MoÃ«t & Chandon bottles, can be removed from the case and doubles as glamorous swarovski and pearls bracelet.
Totally handmade, only one hundred MoÃ«t & Chandon Midnight Gold cases will be available. Want one, then better hurry up to buy it at Lavinia and Caves AugÃ© in Paris or at HÃ©diard in Monaco.