Bonjour , Bonjour !
I apologize for any unwanted @mail you may have very occasionally recieved from moi & wish to thank you for your ongoing interest in Willi’s Wine Bar. All 10950 days of it. Merci beaucoup !
Willi’s turns 30 this year & will be closed for a Serious Refit from the 19th of February – the 8th of March 2010. During this time Macéo, our delightful restaurant next door, will be open as usual & only too happy to receive you for a glass of wine, lunch & dinner.
Willi’s – Amis du Comptoir on Facebook. A place to come with your virtual corkscrew & your daily tastes & stories about where you left that poster tube.
Willi’s on Twitter. In order to deal with announcements on a more up to date and convivial way as well to better handle requests for Out of Print Editions of the Willi’s Bottle Art Collection will make announcements about new posters, special offers on current editions, collector releases & the Signed Velin Editions.
The 22nd poster, from Jean Charles de Castelbajac, will have a sequel this Autumn so you may look forward to an exciting new edition to the ongoing Willi’s Bottle Art Collection. The new Willi’s Bottle Art Post Card Collection will also be released in an anniversary Edition later this year, updated to contain the whole current collection of our Bottle Art Posters.
The first wine from Evening Land Vineyards ’Côte d’Or’, a lively & pure Pouilly Fuissé 2008, vinified by Christophe Vial, has arrived at Willi’s & Macéo where it is being poured by the glass. Patty Lurie over at the The Left Bank wine shop, La Derniere Goutte, will also be selling the Pouilly Fuissé while the confidential stocks last.
À très bientôt,
Pop culture icon and radical fashion designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac is the newest addition to the illustrious list of internationally recognized artists – chosen each year – to create and sign a poster for the Willi s Bottle Art Collection inspired by the notion that there is art in wine enjoyment.
The latest vintage release showcases Castelbajac s signature cherub appreciating the seductive aromas rising from a mysterious glass of red wine. Reflecting his spirit of entente cordiale, humor and fun, the mix of colors are inspired by the Lego building blocks. Castelbajac s original flagship Parisian store was located next to Willi s Wine Bar in the 1980 s, setting the scene for the creation of this delightful poster.
The very first limited edition Willi s Bottle Art poster was a previously unpublished 1935 image by graphics maestro AM Cassandre, whose revolutionary 1930s creations for the Dubonnet wine company were specifically designed to be seen by occupants in fast-moving vehicles. Willi s homage to Cassandre has been followed by a host of distinguished and innovative contemporary artists including – Wayne Ensrud preeminent bon vivant painter of some of France s greatest chateaux, vineyards and restaurants, Lyu Hanabusa – a globally admired Japanese photographer of the glorious and gorgeous, Anthony Palliser – talented portraitist with a waiting list of commissions and whose well-known works can be found in the National Portrait Gallery and the House of Commons in London, Alberto Bali – sculptor, painter and top restaurant designer, as well as artists Xavier Mariscal, Tom Fowler and the -English Rose- Sophie Herxheimer, to mention but a few in this increasing and select circle.
Behind the collection lies a desire for the chosen artist to create an image that reflects their personal impressions of the enjoyment of wine in a convivial and inclusive context, or as Williamson says, “To create an image that reflects the love, appreciation, and the joyous qualities of wine.”
All of the Willi’s Bottle Art posters are lithographic images printed in Paris on Velin. This latest vintage by Castelbajac has a Collector Edition of 200 hand signed by the artist at $450 – and a standard signed printing of 2000 copies at $79. Dimentions 63cm x 93cm – 24.8ins x 36.6ins. The posters are easily ordered online at http://www.williswinebar.us and are shipped worldwide directly from Paris delivery taking 4-8 days; depending upon the method of shipping.