Unexpected Creations: by Lotus Arts de Vivre

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Release Date: 
September 6, 2016
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Assouline Publishing
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352
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“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.”
—William Arthur Ward

It is impossible that William Ward had the von Buerens in mind when he uttered those words but they are living testament to the veracity of the statement. Rolf and Helen von Bueren have made their dreams come true and turned fantasy to reality by taking a casual hobby of sorts and transforming it into one of the most elite, nonconformist, and prestigious mini empires in the world. If you know nothing of Lotus Arts de Vivre, you are in for one of the most breathtaking, incomparable, and sensational experiences that any book can provide. This book is a love letter to beauty, family, and creativity.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”
—Steve Jobs

Words are a very poor substitute for the visuals that this book offers, but thanks to Victoria Gomelsky, the unimaginably exquisite photos have a context and a history as well as a story of dedication, love, and unbridled creativity. 

As far as the objects and jewelry are concerned the essences of brands and designers such as Tony Duquette . . . Faberge, Castellani and Giuliano, Fontenay, Hancock, Falize, Boucheron, Lalique, Vever, Fouquet, Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Verdura, Bulgari, Schlumberger, JAR and Cordognato come to mind. That alone should give you some indication of the expansive and flawless execution involved with each and every piece of LOTUS.

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. “
—Albert Einstein

Part of what makes the book and its content even more noteworthy is the fact that every piece is one of kind, and almost everything has been crafted in their ateliers to their specifications. The mind boggles to be able to have artisans at your fingertips that can turn such fantasy to tangible reality. The mere physical presence of the book cannot possibly prepare you for what is within, and its audience will be those of the most discerning taste.