OB­JET D’ A R T Lux­ury life­style doyenne Kelly Wearstler takes us on the jour­ney of craft­ing her mas­ter­piece for the La Mer Ge­nais­sance de la Mer. By Li Ying Lim.

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Pom pom red al­gae, found in the La Mer Ge­nais­sance, help

boost col­la­gen You are well-known as a de­signer for seam­lessly meld­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of mod­ern and clas­sic ma­te­ri­als. How did that come into play here? My de­sign in­cor­po­rates rich tex­tures in­spired by the raw beauty of na­ture. A cor­ner­stone of my aes­thetic is my col­lec­tion of min­eral crys­tals and stones that I use in my jew­ellery, home dé­cor, and fur­ni­ture col­lec­tions. They add a spe­cial en­ergy to the de­signs and I love the ten­sion that comes from play­ing with a range of tex­tu­ral ma­te­ri­als. I wanted to bring that en­ergy to this col­lab­o­ra­tion with La Mer, so I in­cor­po­rated my crys­tals into the de­sign, which worked beau­ti­fully with the na­ture of Ge­nais­sance. What ex­cited you most about this col­lab­o­ra­tion with La Mer? I per­son­ally love La Mer so I was very ex­cited when the brand ap­proached me to de­sign a box that em­bod­ied their new­est launch – Ge­nais­sance de la Mer. In­spired by Ge­nais­sance and the Crys­tal Mir­a­cle Broth, I in­cor­po­rated the beauty of crys­tals into a unique and dec­o­ra­tive box that would em­body my aes­thetic and rep­re­sent the es­sen­tial qual­i­ties of Ge­nais­sance de la Mer. How has your us­age of crys­tals in­spire this van­ity box de­sign? Crys­tals are in­her­ently al­lur­ing, and when this part­ner­ship was founded, I was in­spired to cre­ate a de­sign that gives the gift of dis­tinc­tive, nat­u­ral beauty. Each box is hand­crafted from the finest qual­ity ma­te­ri­als – gems, metal, and wood. How did the aes­thetic of the La Mer Ge­nais­sance in­flu­ence your de­sign for the van­ity box? I in­fused gra­di­ents of dark to light to re­flect the Ge­nais­sance bot­tle, and the beau­ti­fully cut crys­tal to rep­re­sent the Crys­tal Mir­a­cle Broth used in the Ge­nais­sance for­mula. Each box is cus­tom and com­pletely unique with hand-se­lected crys­tals. The box base is crafted with heir­loom Euro­pean quar­ter sawn wal­nut, a hand-ap­plied ebonised stain, and a waxed fin­ish. The de­sign works in beau­ti­ful har­mony with this stun­ning new prod­uct. There are so many el­e­ments when it comes to de­sign­ing cu­rios, fur­ni­ture, jew­ellery, and more. How do you keep it state­ment-mak­ing yet clas­sic at the same time? There will al­ways be trends in de­sign, just as in fash­ion. De­sign is a con­stant ex­plo­ration. It’s about find­ing your voice. For me, de­sign means cu­rat­ing an in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­ity with a bal­ance of high and low, mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine, size, colour, pat­tern, and tex­ture. The goal should be to cu­rate a co­he­sive di­a­logue while still al­low­ing state­ment pieces to shine.

The fi­nal prod­uct, a lim­ited edi­tion van­ity box de­signed for the La Mer Ge­nais­sance de la Mer by Kelly Wearstler

“De­sign­ing is largely in­tu­itive for me. It’s like fall­ing in love over and over ev­ery day.” – Kelly Wearstler

The sweep­ing leaf brown al­gae im­prove skin tex­ture and cell re­newal

The Crys­tal Mir­a­cle Broth is slowly fer­mented to max­imise its nat­u­ral heal­ing power

Wearstler’s crys­tal el­e­ments work in tan­dem with the Ge­nais­sance for­mula

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