In­spired by art

David­off un­veils the Cave de Paille hu­mi­dor col­lec­tion

Virtuozity - - CIGAR NEWS -

David­off re­cently pre­sented the third edi­tion of its hu­mi­dor col­lec­tion “Cave de Paille” at Art Basel Mi­ami Beach. Cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Paris-based artist Li­son de Caunes and crafted us­ing the tra­di­tional tech­nique of mar­que­terie de paille (straw mar­quetry), the col­lec­tion comes in three pieces.

With these hu­mi­dors, David­off said it is show­cas­ing a craft re­quir­ing ex­cep­tional thor­ough­ness, imag­i­na­tion and time.

De Caunes was the artis­tic di­rec­tor from the very be­gin­ning of this project, with his du­ties in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from choos­ing the shape of the hu­mi­dor to tai­lor­ing the col­lec­tion. Just like the David­off Mas­ter Blender, Li­son de Caunes epit­o­mises the ‘métier d’art’ by craft­ing truly ex­quis­ite pieces from the most hum­ble and frag­ile nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ent, straw, which, when prop­erly pre­served, only be­comes more beau­ti­ful with time. She also uses straw to draw geo­met­ric and or­ganic pat­terns that are rem­i­nis­cent of the cigar’s shape and the colours of pre­mium to­bac­cos aged to their prime.

Each straw is cut to length, hand­flat­tened with tools made from bone, and then cut and placed side by side on a sheet of pa­per. Li­son de Caunes utilises a mould made of bronze, specif­i­cally cre­ated for these mas­ter­pieces, to cut the straw into the de­sired shapes. She then cre­ates the design straw-by-straw in a puz­zle-like fash­ion com­bin­ing shapes and di­rec­tions to cre­ate an ap­peal­ing ef­fect of depth which com­ple­ments the silky and shiny sur­face.

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