Through her work, Cécile Gray wants to give value to objects to which we do not pay enough attention according to her. For Ruinart, she upcycles the Ruinart's muselets into a delicate picnic basket.
With a perfectly mastered movement and heightened sense of detail, the craftswoman has assembled the muselets that hold champagne rock in place. Delicately twisted and assembled one with the other, as if they were holding hands, the muselets form a golden mesh, airy yet rigid.
Conceived as an accessory, the work is of an apparent simplicity. The mesh, simultaneously geometric and round, echoes the muselet’s original shape and the curves of the bottle. The structure is minimalist, composed with dexterity, precision and ingenuity.
At the meeting point between different disciplines (basketry, jewellery making, weaving and embroidery), this seemingly simple object poetically demonstrates the value of each element that contributes to savouring champagne. It also shows the time, patience and experience necessary to master a gest or savoir-faire.
A reference to the wire basket often found in country houses, the artwork appeals to the imagination. It is an invitation to relaxation, sharing and conviviality.