it was a dreary spring morning when i first visited the galerie cipango in paris. i had only heard about the artist christophe tissot’s nineties commissions for yves saint-laurent and have never met him before. but i was quite unprepared for what awaited me in his small left-bank gallery. having done vuitton and cerruti’s boutique displays and working with baccarat and between his numerous exhibitions, tissot created these fantastically unique pieces in tandem with all his other activities. i am always very interested in the ways art migrates into fashion or design and this visit was remarkably insightful… tissot’s artworks are mostly born from figurative or naturalistic motifs and in his jewelry the scale and texture of the bark, leaves or petals exude such a dense ancient lustre that it becomes an extraordinary example of living luxury.