Students graduating at the Creative Academy
(the school of design and applied arts that the Richemont Group established in
Milan in 2003) were invited to conceive unique decorative and everyday objects
on the theme of “Les Voyages Extraordinaires”, the new fine jewellery
collection by Van Cleef & Arpels inspired by four of Jules Verne’s major
The students were supervised by Ugo La
Pietra, one of the leading names in architecture and design and an expert in
applied arts. The works were developed in collaboration with the Cologni
Foundation for the Métiers d’Art.
Combining creativity and artistic
craftsmanship, the students developed their projects using four different
materials: ceramic, wood, metal and methacrylate. The actual objects were made
by specialised artisans selected by Ugo La Pietra.