“The melt, glowing in the furnace, is what draws me to new discoveries.”
—Göran Wärff, Swedish crystal designer
One of Wärff’s newest inspirations is a collaboration with Folke Andersson, a fellow Swede with over 35 years experience in the world of fine Cognac and spirits working with Maison Tiffon, one of France’s most respected houses of Cognac since 1875. The project, Chapters of Ampersand Et No 1, is a fluid coalition of crystal artistry and some of the most sought-after Cognac in the world. The elegant crystal vessel Wärff created is all graceful, gleaming curves, containing a blend of aged Cognac meticulously selected by Andersson and Maison Tiffon’s Maitre de Chai Richard Braastad.
The tailored blend of eaux-de-vies that make up Ampersand Et No 1 consists of two Grande Champagnes from 1974 and 1943, as well as an ultra rare pre-phylloxera Cognac dating from 1870. With only 300 bottles produced, each individually signed, numbered, and housed in a bespoke Swedish smoked oak case, these bottles are certain to be prized by collectors. With a lofty price tag to match the exquisite quality, this is indeed a luxury item—a glowing “new discovery” arisen from the pairing of an artist and a Cognac expert.