Tuesday, May 29, 2007
LOTUS ARTS DE VIVRE-THAILAND
Lotus Arts de Vivre, headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand. The Lotus collection is featured as part of AsiaStore’s current product focus on Thailand, in conjunction with the exhibitions, Montien Boonma: Temple of the Mind (February 4 through May 11) and The World of Buddhism (March 11 through October 19). This exciting new collection will preview at AsiaStore Thursday–Sunday, March 27–30, 2003.
The creation of exquisite pieces of jewelry and objets d’art first began as a hobby of Helen von Bueren, co-founder and owner of the Lotus boutiques, and gradually developed into a family business. Today, Lotus outlets are located in Thailand, Singapore, India, Cambodia and Japan and the company boasts world-famous celebrities among its clients. Patrons include the Royal Family of Thailand, Princess Michael of Kent, the Rajmata of Jaipur, the Queen of Spain, Elizabeth Taylor, Roman Polanski, Goldie Hawn and Sharon Stone to name just a few.
The lotus flower is an important emblem of Buddhism, and in fact many of the distinctive designs of Lotus Arts de Vivre pieces draw inspiration from Buddhist symbols as well as other Asian religions and cultures. The exquisite jewelry and decorative objects are created by skilled craftspeople living in remote villages in India, Nepal, Indonesia and Burma. Using materials such as coconut, pearls, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, silver and gold and working in age-old techniques that have been passed down through generations, these artisans craft one-of-a-kind objects that are gorgeous and yet subtle. The Lotus designs are especially unique because they reflect the ancient heritage of Asian cultures and simultaneously have a contemporary look.
This year Lotus Arts de Vivre is a co-sponsor of the Benefit Preview for the International Asian Art Fair, to be held on March 27, at the Seventh Regiment Armory in New York City. The reception will be followed by a private dinner held at the Asia Society for major supporters of the event and will be co-hosted by