We are thrilled to announce that Sebastian Errazuriz was invited by Audemars Piguet to design their new lounge for Art Basel’s 2016/2017 shows in Hong Kong, Basel and Miami.
Taking inspiration from the ice formations and snowy landscapes in the environs of Audemars Piguet’s home of Le Brassus, the lounge will express the purity of nature and the passing of time. With water and ice as its main thematic elements, the new stand "Ice Cycle" will give form to the concept of an ice cycle as a metaphor of time. Three key components will anchor Errazuriz’s design: the icicle as a beautiful form, accumulating over time; the water drop, seen as nature’s ticking pulse; and ripples in the water, symbolizing the forward movement of new life. The drips of the melting icicles resemble nature’s pulse, like a beating of a heart or a ticking clock.
The new lounge will seek to remind the viewer of a space of reflection. It will include a soundproof room enveloped with custom-designed panels adorned with patterns of icicles, stalactites, and stalagmites. The space functions as a private vault, with a chiming timepiece at its core. The facade of the lounge will include a striking ice tank, composed of illuminated acrylic rods which will flash to mimic the regular rhythm of a heartbeat.