Recently, I hosted a party for Dom Pérignon, as they were launching a stellar new 1998 vintage, P2. The champagne, aged for 16 years in the Dom Pérignon cellars and having qualities similar to a White Burgundy, was first revealed globally in Iceland. P2-1998 signifies the Second Plénitude, or the second evolutionary stage of transformation, which requires a minimum of 12 years of aging. I have long been a Dom Pérignon enthusiast and remember fondly my visit to their Champagne house. So, I was especially honored when they asked me to host their US launch of P2 – Vintage 1998, as I was eager to share this very special champagne with friends and neighbors. With the recent garden renovation at Lily Pond, my home in East Hampton, it was the perfect time for a summer party. Many, many hours went into the planning of the evening, and I wanted to share a series of blogs that show both the behind-the-scenes hard work, and the glamorous party it produced. Dom Pérignon reached out to Leo Kuelbs Collection, with whom they’ve collaborated in the past, to create a special 3-D video mapping experience about P2-1998. Together with Production Designer John Ensor Parker, Leo curated the installation with the help of artists Glowing Bulbs and sound from Studio H. Thanks also to Freedome for the dome; Integrated Visions Productions, LLC, for audio and visual support; and Sagafilm Iceland for additional footage. Please scroll down to watch a time-lapse video and watch my visit to Dom Pérignon by clicking here.
1 Leo, along with Glowing Bulbs and John Ensor Parker, created a dome-based projection-mapping event called Evolution². The presentation premiered on a recent Saturday night at my home in East Hampton.
2 For this project, the collaborating teams wanted to focus heavily on the custom design of the dome and associated apparatus (projection & audio systems).
3 After visiting lily Pond, it became apparent to them that an all-white Geodesic Dome, aka the "Dom Dome” would be perfect for the circular front lawn.
4 This is the Freedome crew laying out the framework for the flooring of the dome. Freedome, a company based in Poland, created and built the tent. This, by the way, is the first viewing of the new look for Lily Pond. The new trim color is called Lily Pond Taupe.
5 After establishing the base frame, the team began to fill in the dome floor.
6 This part of the set up was like a puzzle, as each piece had to be placed carefully and securely.
7 The vision for the dome is based around the idea that “presented a private location, to a select audience, Evolution² is customized evolution, a desire for heightened individuality, incorporating transformative blends of nature, science, art and design.”
8 Once the floor was completely laid down, the teams began to construct the dome structure.
9 The process was an intricate one with many hands to help.
10 Here you can see the pieces that form the top of the dome are beginning to look like a rounded unit.
11 As pieces were added, the dome was raised higher with an extending arm of a hydraulic lift.
12 It was exciting to see this dome taking shape.
13 Adding the final bottom pieces
14 One final lift and the frame was secured to the flooring.
15 The next step was to cover the dome.
16 Covering the dome was easier said than done.
17 It was a complicated process that took a lot of time, teamwork, and brawn.
18 This is a good shot of the dome's circular entrance.
19 Ropes were used to pull the exterior shell up and over the dome.
20 You can see that it was a struggle!
21 This was teamwork at its best!
22 Such acrobatics!
23 A nice shot of the dome from above
24 John Ensor Parker worked with the folks at Freedome to design a custom dome complete with an interior custom projection liner, which is the smooth screen surface to project upon.
25 The customized “Dom Dome” also allows Evolution² to be presented in other sites, previously an impossibility.
26 Once the interior lining was complete, the team was able to do a test run of Evolution2. The basis of the dome is to provide a magic world where guests can enter and escape into the world of the P2 story.
27 Using planetarium technology, the production team is able to project within the full dome, creating a fully immersive experience.
28 This is what the dome looked like during the party.