Bottega Veneta launches luxury box set at Salone del Mobile

One of my favorite brands, Bottega Veneta has launched the third collection in a series of exquisite boxes created in collaboration with renowned artist Nancy Lorenz, in showcase at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in the Bottega Veneta boutique.

The Skies and Beyond set of 25 leather and suede boxes will be available for collectors to preview through a microwebsite, and purchase by calling a Bottega Veneta personal shopper. These boxes, like everything produced by Bottega Veneta, are unique, beautiful, and marvelously eccentric. They are singular pieces of art as well as functional objects that can be used to hold letters, photos, jewelry - the small treasures you want close at hand. The boxes are made of wood sheathed in crafted leather or suede.

Each lid is a remarkable tour de force, some of which are intricately inlaid with mother of pearl, meticulously worked layer by layer, allowing for cracks and incidental marks of various rare materials to intentionally emerge, and finished to a solid, brilliant surface. The materials used to create the "Skies and Beyond" include silver, white gold, blackened silver, palladium, caplain and moon gold leaf, among others. The results are luminous, mysteriously beautiful, and irresistibly tactile.

Nancy Lorenz is an accomplished artist who follows the idea that luxurious materials, such as mother-of-pearl inlay, lacquer, and gold leaf, can be used in a painterly way. Her work blurs the distinction between fine and decorative art. Nancy Lorenz lives and works in New York City and her work is featured in numerous public and private collections and she has presented solo exhibitions around the world.

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