Flask sculptor Serge Mansau has worked for the biggest names in perfume for over forty years. He started out in theatre, then joined Helena Rubinstein as a window-dresser in 1960. The story goes that a random comment about a flask opened the door into this creative world for him. In his soul he is an artist and poet, but he doesn’t let success go to his head. Notably he has designed the flasks for Organza by Givenchy, Flower by Kenzo and Insolence by Guerlain. His latest creation for Givenchy, Play, attests to his innovative spirit with its look of an MP3 player, very much of the moment. In 2005, he opened the Atelier Segeste Gallery, where his sculptures stand alongside the works of other artists, and éditions Thalia have devoted a book to him, entitled Serge Mansau, les Formes du Vide (Shapes of Emptiness). For ATTACHE-MOI, he has created a flask-bracelet… 8 unique pieces have been blown by Jean-Pierre Baquère and covered with gold leaf by Isabelle Emmerique.
I remember a knotted blade of grass. And an endless variety of potential configurations.
A bracelet is of consequence, part of the very first artistic efforts made. As a link, it symbolises the expression of wanting someone to stay with you. It is also there to draw the attention of others… I’ve given many to my wife; variously from Line Vautrin, Viviana Torun, Lalanne.
This flask-bracelet as a symbol, whether to give it to someone, to wear or to keep. I’ve contrasted its dual purpose by playing on its being both a perfume and an intention.