Design Portfolio: This Is Not a Pipe

  • Photo by Owen Smith
    Ziricote wood cabinet Photo by Owen Smith
  • Photo by Owen Smith
    Ziricote wood cabinet Photo by Owen Smith
  • Photo by Owen Smith
    The Eiffel Tower Pipe, displayed in a ziricote wood cabinet, is made of flawless briarwood, 18-karat gold, and precious stones. The top portion of the tower detaches and conceals an 18-karat-gold tamper decorated with rubies and lapis lazuli. Photo by Owen Smith
  • Photo by Owen Smith
    The Eiffel Tower Pipe Photo by Owen Smith
  • Photo by Owen Smith
    The Eiffel Tower Pipe Photo by Owen Smith
  • Photo by Owen Smith
  • Photo by Owen Smith
  • Photo by Owen Smith
  • Photo by Owen Smith
  • Photo by Owen Smith
<< Back to Robb Report, November 2013

Six years ago, the Smokers Division of Alfred Dunhill Ltd., the London luxury-goods maker, set out to create a pipe that would embody elegant living, high art, and fine craftsmanship. Kalmon Hener, the brand’s product line director, designed a singular piece based on the Eiffel Tower, and like the structure itself, it is a marvel of intricacy and engineering. The project was completed earlier this year, as Dunhill renamed its Smokers Division the White Spot (www.whitespot.co.uk), with a bowl carved from a single piece of flawless briarwood and a tower hand cut from sheets of 18-karat gold and embellished with 492 diamonds, 140 sapphires, 20 rubies, and a cornflower-blue 3.75-carat Sri Lankan sapphire. A cabinet decorated with an inlaid image of workers building the Eiffel Tower holds the pipe and five rare books about the Paris landmark, including volumes commissioned by Gustave Eiffel in 1900. The entire piece is valued at $3.5 million. “This is not a pipe,” Hener says, unintentionally alluding to René Magritte’s surrealist painting The Treachery of Images. “It is a symbol.”

 

From Around the Web...
Código 1530
A small-batch, family-made tequila goes global for the first time…
The Macallan x Urwerk Flask 2
When Swiss engineering meets Scottish distilling, the result is instantly collectible…
Macallan 40-year-old blended Scotch ($8,000)
The Macallan’s limited release of a 40-year-old blended Scotch ($8,000) from its Sherry Oak line...
That Boutique-y Gin Company launches a new series of groundbreaking gins from innovative craft...
Glenmorangie Pride 1974 ($9,050). Photo by Anna Isola Crolla
Glenmorangie’s new Pride 1974 whisky is a knockout…
Riedel Vinum Extreme Rosé Provence Glass, $69 for a set of two
An exquisite new way to enjoy rosé, just in time for summer…
These blends of rare old malt and grain whiskies elevate the art of blending to new heights…
Glenmorangie Bacalta
This limited edition from the legendary distillery is destined to become a collector’s item…
Photo by Damion I. Hamilton
Cuban cigar legend Montecristo turns 80 with a big party at Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer in Napa...
The 2006 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is “an all-Chardonnay cuvée, in the style our ancestors created,” says  Taittinger
A classically trained artist, Vitalie Taittinger is furthering her family’s traditions in Champagne…