Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Welcome to © MURAKAMI. Featuring more than 90 works in various media spanning the early 1990s to the present, this international traveling retrospective is an unprecedented opportunity to survey the depth and breadth of Takashi Murakami's entire career.

Some of the most successful Louis Vuitton handbag lines have been the ones in which Takashi Murakami collaborated with Marc Jacobs. The Multicolore line, Cherry Blossom line, Panda, and Cerises were all the works of Japanese pop artist Murakami. Now Murakami and Louis Vuitton have joined forces again, this time selling limited edition (rumored to be only several hundred pieces available) Louis Vuitton accessories and bags at the Takashi Mutrakami exhibit at the Los Angeles MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).

The newly released pieces include the re-introduction of the Louis Vuitton ‘Hands’ symbol shown on the front of the monogram canvas Neverfull bag (available in PM, MM, and GM sizes) and Porte Monnaie Ronde. In addition, Murakami has also introduced a new character called ‘Chibi Kinoko’ which means little mushroom. This little mushroom man has been placed on the front of an agenda, which is available in the traditional monogram canvas as well as the black and white Multicolore canvas.

Arguably the most internationally acclaimed artist to emerge from Asia in the postwar era, Murakami effortlessly navigates between the worlds of fine art and popular-culture. Featuring the artist best known for his cartoon-like, “superflat” style, this large-scale retrospective includes key selections that span the artist’s career from the early 1990s to the present. The exhibition will include early political works that critique Japan’s consumer culture and talent industries, the ongoing evolution of Murakami’s anime alter-ego, DOB, and an exploration of his large-scale otaku-inspired figure projects of the late 1990s. The artist will also premiere a new body of work that centers on a feature-length animated film. In addition, a fully functional Louis Vuitton boutique will be included as part of the exhibition, highlighting the artist’s continued collaboration with the company. The exhibition is curated by MOCA Chief Curator Paul Schimmel with Research Assistant Mika Yoshitake and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

$1,715.50 Dom Perignon's Cookbook

Dom Perignon's latest cookbook is packed with recipes by the best chefs in the United Kingdom, but it isn't the sort of thing you'll prop next to the hob and leaf through with greasy fingers.

Bound in ultra-rare sharkskin and packed with recipes, reminiscences and portraits by the world's most bankable celebrities, Dom Perignon Vintage 1998 The Collection is a snip at $1715.50 a copy.

The company is billing it as the most expensive cookbook ever produced.

The limited edition – 30 copies – is covered in sea-green Galuchat leather, harvested from a rare Japanese ray, hand-polished and uniquely different on each of the books.

The recipes come from Britain's top chefs, including Angela Hartnett, Michael Caines, Tom Aikens, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Marco Pierre White. All are paired with the 1998 Dom Perignon.

The portraits were commissioned from three major artists: Sophie von Hellermann, 'collected by Charles Saatchi and portraitist of Mick Jagger,' a press release says, French illustrator Stephane Gamain, and Japanese photographer Yukata Yahamoto, who has produced 'exquisitely decorative yet minimalist still lives based on key ingredients from each of the recipes.'

And if that's not enough, journalist Lucia van der Post has interviewed Roger Moore ('his suave good looks have been indelibly connected with fine food'), Andrew Lloyd Webber ('a weaver of magical musicals'), Theo Fennell, Karl Lagerfeld and other celebrities who must be as diffcult to catch as the ray whose skin adorns the cover.

'Given its iconic status as a hallmark of glamour, it would be remiss of Dom Pérignon not also to pay homage to the worlds of fashion, music, business, literature and entertainment,' the company says.

Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols each have one copy of the Limited Edition. There are also 2000 copies at $68.62.

The Limited Edition, signed by Dom Perignon's chef de cave Richard Geoffroy, is also available from Decanter. Contact for details.
Source:; “Dom Perignon's cookbook: only £1000 each,” Adam Lechmere, November 25, 2005


Carried only at Harrod's room of luxury, this case is covered in perch skin and lined with lambskin, and filled with some of the rarest Dom Pérignon Rosé vintages: one bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 1966, two bottles of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 1986 and three bottles of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 1996. Price? 70,000 Euros.


Photo: (c) Dom Perignon 2007