With its svelte form, voluptuous curves, and figure-of-eight silhouette, the J'adore bottle has earned its place as an icon and an inspiration for the biggest artists. DiorMag invites you to follow the creative process of artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.
Never before has a perfume bottle expressed so well the treasure it contains. The J'adore amphora was created in the image of the fragrance inside: refined, voluptuous, exceptional. Today, it's become even more so, thanks to the imagination of French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel who has designed a whole new flacon for J’adore l’Absolu , the ultra-precious version of the scent. "All my work is greatly linked to the body, and is therefore very organic. This is why I accepted to work with perfume, as it's a type of work that's related to the body in a whole other way," he explains. A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Paris and the Villa Medici in Rome, Jean Michel Othoniel is renowned for his work in glass, transforming it into giant, round and colorful sculptures. "A sculpture around which one can move, and which one has the desire to touch," is his maxim. It was therefore this approach he took when it came to imagining the new flacon for J’adore l’Absolu . Even if the overall outline remains the same, the mood has evolved. At the bottle's neck, the gold thread collar has been transformed into an unraveling glass thread. Without beginning or end, it alludes to infinity and liberty. With its upright stature, the amphora conveys a sense of grace and unapologetic pride. It has every reason to be proud, for at the end of its slender and elongated neck, it's managed to capture the most precious of materials: in its cap, petals of gold leaf locked for all eternity in a bead of glass.
For Jean Michel Othoniel, the flacon is a jewel, a personal extension held in the hand, against the skin. For the artist, the flacon had to share that same sensual, carnal power of the perfume itself: "It's a way to make a statement, to manipulate, moving with us when we move, but which nevertheless remains very precious." J’adore is a perfume that one takes with oneself everywhere, all the time, because J’adore , after all, tells a story of travels, of the elsewhere, and the freedom one finds there. In order to produce the flacon, Jean-Michel Othoniel headed to Murano in Italy to meet with the great master glassmakers. They are the ones responsible for blowing the glass, shaping the curves and the lines, with their breath, their hands, their very bodies in motion. "In Murano, they have this amazing savoir-faire, made all the more striking by their mastery of color," the artist states. "This idea of deep breaths, of the kiss of the glassblower, it's all very sensual. It's what I seek to express in my work."