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The ‘Cortex’ series is inspired by the shells and beetles that Pierre Bonnefille studied and analyzed before executing his series of twelve unique boxes.

Observing the relationship between material, colour and light on the surface of the beetle’s shell, Pierre Bonnefille re-created this velvety and silky appearance by researching the elaborate textures with great care.

— Pierre Bonnefille equally refers to the shimmering colours of different beetle shells that he finds in nature, and reinvents his findings through the association of metallic powders and natural pigments, a colour palette specially conceived for this series.

The ‘Cortex’ series is also the artist’s reflection on the shell as a jewellery box, and re-transcription, through the material, of an envelope destined to conserve the most precious objects.

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