The idea for my topic, without doubt, was inspired by the recent curator’s talk of the new exhibition in V&A museum “What is Luxury”. I was looking forward for almost two months for its release as my passion for craftsmanship and luxuries products has always been unquestionable in my mind.
The exhibition investigated the luxury at the deeper context of this world. Far from superficial shopping plazas which are more hyperbolic, market – driven it asks a visitors questions about the emotions about emotions and passions that make us human.
What is a luxury does not possess a straightforward answer. It is a relative concept for most of us.
I was amazed by the selection of pieces during a journey through the exhibition’s themes and concepts including opulence and exclusivity, pleasure and preciousness, precision and expertise, innovation and rarity, authenticity and inauthenticity.
Undoubtedly, materials play a central role in the relationship between value and luxury. Expertise and skilled craftsmanship can transform and elevate materials such as plastic and MDF. However, it also presents materials more regularly associated with luxury – materials that can be acquired at some expense, including gold, diamonds, crystal, leather, lacquer and fine textiles.
The interesting example was showing a set of six engraved crystal glasses. The value of each was justified by a number of dots engraved. This was a reference to the time, precision and craftsmanship devoted to engrave each one on a thin crystal glass. The maker of fine glassware commits himself to refining skills, inventing techniques, challenging conventions and creating the unbelievable.
The high quality craftsmanship is regularly cited as one of the key factors distinguishing luxury goods.
By all means, the question of luxury is a personal one. Everyone decides for themselves what their luxury is. Enjoying or affording luxury is not only a question of budget but of individual circumstances and preferences.
Freedom to dream and the ability to take decisions are fundamental to enjoying “the luxury”.
What is your luxury, how would you define it? My luxury is to be able to attend afternoon tea every week in a beautiful space of a boutique hotel or brasseries, drinking from a beautiful bone china and having a sip of the exquisite champagne from a crystal glass less ordinary…