Design Updates!



The Haarlem Toile de Jouy pattern by Sheila Bridges is represented in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum’s permanent wallpaper collection.

This year is the Bicentennial anniversary of the death of Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf (1738-1815), the founder of the royal manufacture of the celebrated Toile de Jouy printed cottons based in Jouy-en-Josas near Versailles. Oberkampf created the first company in France which used copperplate printing on cotton in place of printing with wooden blocks. The finer lines on the copperplates allowed for greater variation in light and shade and the creation of larger repeat patterns. Sheila Bridges, the creator of the brilliant Haarlem Toile de Jouy wallpaper was in France this week for the Opening Night of the ‘Toile de Jouy Regards Contemporains’ exhibition which presents contemporary reinterpretations of this renowned and traditional printed pattern. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with the very charming and inspiring Sheila Bridges.

“I have always been intrigued and inspired by the historical narrative of the decorative arts, especially traditional French toile with its pastoral motifs from the 1700s”, Bridges has said. The Haarlem Toile de Jouy wallpaper is hand screen printed involving several artisans in its production. Sheila spoke to us of the value she places on the collaboration between designer and craftsman and the symbiotic nature of that relationship in her work.  Her love of the creative process was clear when talking of the constant ideas she has “to create, playing with forms and colors and exploring themes”.
We love the humorous satire she uses in her contemporary narrative in her Haarlem Toile de Jouy.


What inspired you to create Haarlem Toile?
I’ve always loved toile fabrics and wallpapers but never could find one that spoke to my own personal experience as an African American woman living in Harlem.  I created Harlem Toile De Jouy to tell that story and to lampoon some of the stereotypes that are often associated with African Americans.
Do you think its important for design to tell a story?
Not all designs have to tell a story but I do think designs that do have a narrative help to differentiate themselves from the millions of other designs that are in the marketplace.
Why did you choose the medium of wallpaper?
Wallpapers have changed dramatically over the last decade and have gained tremendous popularity in the United States.  Most people still  think that wall coverings  are very stuffy and traditional but now there are so many fresh, bold and interesting options available.  I love grasscloths and textured wallpapers and use them frequently for clients.  New technology and digital printing have also made wallpapers more accessible and affordable.
How do you think Haarlem Toile fits in with the evolution of the Toile de Jouy history?
 I think that my Harlem Toile design fits into the evolution because it is reflective of a more contemporary and different cultural experience than the original toile.  My toile tells a story that hasn’t been documented in that specific medium. I loved playing with the motifs and incorporating fun, personal elements into my wallpaper since most toiles traditionally depicted only very pastoral scenes.
The Haarlem Toile looks so vivid and striking with these two fabulous chairs by Fornasetti. If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, drop in and see one of these chairs in the Fornasetti exhibition there.
20th May 2015
 Artcurial are holding their first sale totally devoted to Scandinavian Design. Curated by new Design Consultant, Aldric Speer (a renowned collector of Scandinavian Design), over 100 pieces will go under the hammer. When asked about the enduring appeal of Scandinavian Design, Speer says: “Its because Scandinavian designers were taught they should always think first about an object’s function. The constraint of making something functional turned out to be liberating: they made something beautiful out of it”. Here are a couple of exceptional pieces in the sale.
Teak and original cognac leather FJ49 ‘Chieftain’ chair (1949) by Finn Juhl, 36,1 x 40,75 x 36,22in.
Estimate €150,000-250,000.
In Phillips in London in 2012, a Chieftain chair was sold for £422,500 after a 20-minute bidding war. This is the world record for a a piece of Scandinavian furniture sold at auction. It’ll be interesting to see what this one goes for.
Teak, steel and leather 160 ‘Sleigh’ armchair and ottoman (1953) by Borge Mogensen.
34,25 x 32,28 x 33,46in. 15,74 x 29,52 x 18,89in.
Estimate €40,000-60,000.
We loved Thomas Lemut’s ‘Luge’ lounge chair we included in our post for AD Collections recently. A contemporary take on the theme.

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Collectible Design Market News Highlights and Events


Design Miami/Basel is celebrating its 10th edition next month.
16-21 June 2015. 
45 Galleries participatingAre  you interested in going to this fair?
Artecase/Design Link will offer a group tour including an overview of the market for collectible design and a tour of the booths to look at some of the highlights and meet the gallerists/designers when present. 
Let us know if you are interested!
Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll be seeing at the Fair!
Downtown Gallery at Design Miami/Basel 2015
Specialised in 20th century ‘mobiliers d’architects’, particularly the works of Prouvé, Perriand and Jeanneret, Laffanour of Downtown Gallery was the first person in France to show the work of Charles and Ray Eames, Mathieu Matégot, George Nakashima and George Nelson.
Présidence Armchair / Jean Prouvé, ca. 1950
Steel and aluminum structure, arm-rest in oak, seat and backrest in red leather.
67 x 60 x 73 cm
Courtesy of LAFFANOUR – Galerie Downtown
 Multiple Art Days (MAD), the first fair for limited art editions will take place at
 La Maison Rouge 10 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
 22-24 May 12h00-19h00
Don’t miss this chance to attend the Collectors Preview at 18h00 on the 22nd.  Artecase is offering a free ticket to the first four people to get in touch with us.
Clerkenwell Design Week in London is hosting a great program of events. View them here and register your place.
If you’re going to be in Vienna this weekend, the MAK Design Lab is staging a show with the Viennese design tim EOOS to interact with its permanent collection. From robotic sofas to toilets, this exhibition is quietly revolutionary. Curated by Thomas Geisler, the show explores the MAK Design Lab ethos that people give meaning to objects when they use them so that the things we live with are enhanced through their functional relationship with us. Show runs until 17th May.
Don’t miss the 32nd edition of Les Puces de Design at the charming Bercy Village in Paris (28-31 May). This small but interesting fair has a lot to offer and is well worth a visit.
Wishing you all a great weekend!
Inquiries : or 06 47 25 09 66

Collectible design Private Sale in Paris

Furniture For Sale from the Private Collection of an Art Advisor in Paris 
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Image 13. Hanging lamp by Jo Meesters

Hanging PULP lamp by Jo Meesters, 2008, Purchased from Tools Gallery Paris,   paper pulp, 100 cm diameter

Pink table (Image 5)  Sentou  11x26x36cm

Pink Lulu table, Sentou,  11x26x36cm

Red light  Twiggy:Foscarini (Image 7)

Above: Red light  ‘Twiggy’/Foscarini   Below: White light ‘ Twiggy’/Foscarini and 2 Green Utrecht armchairs  by Gerrit Rietveld, edited by Cassina.

White light  Twiggy:Foscarini  (Image 8)

Wooden table (African table:bed) (Image 10)240x50cm

African Bed as a Table, 240x50cm and Canapé Volage in leather, Philippe Starck for Cassina, 230x90x65cm, depth of seat 70cm

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Design Miami/Basel is celebrating its 10th edition next month.
16-21 June 2015. 
45 Galleries participating

Are  you interested in going to this fair?
Artecase/Design Link will offer a group tour including an overview of the market for collectible design and a tour of the booths to look at some of the highlights and meet the gallerists/designers when present. 
Let us know if you are interested!


Here is a little taste of what you will see at the fair:

 Design Miami/Basel Debut: Sarah Myerscough Gallery London (and soon to be Paris) 

Established in 1999 this gallery works with many new and established designers including Ernst Gamper, Peter Marigold, Gareth Neal & Zaha Hadid and has developed a strong interest in craft and design.  The gallery encourages innovation and aesthetic vitality, as well as distinguished technical skill and quality of practice. Through this commitment, the ethos is now centered on breaking down the barriers between fine art, crafts, design and architecture. 


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Three drawers George Chest by Gareth Neal 2013
Ash 109 x 51 x 81 cm

Photo courtesy of the artist and Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London


The Wish List (Vases) by Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal, 2014
American White Oak 32 x 44 x 75.5 cm and 30 x 87.5 x 34 cm
Courtesy of the artists and Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London Photo: Petr Krejci


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For constantly updated inspiration from the fabled Paris Flea Market/Les Puces follow PARISFLEAMARKETLIVE on Instagram and Tumblr

Professional Guide and Buyer Michael Andrew Wilson created and is updating these platforms every week. 

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Multiple Art Days (MAD) is the first fair for limited art editions.
 La Maison Rouge 10 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
 22-24 May 12h00-19h00
Artecase is offering a free ticket to the Collectors Preview at 18h00 on the 22nd to the first four people to respond!

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James Gallery , specializing in Brazilian mid-20th century design, is opening a new gallery in Paris this month on rue de Thorigny in the heart of the Marais (75003)

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Mad’ supports the transmission of know-how by craftsmen. It is a growing network of over 1,300 European craftsmen designed to facilitate the meeting of craftsmen with worldwide private and professional consumers.  The website is already in 4 languages: French, English, Italian and Spanish. And will soon include German and Portuguese. If you know a good craftsman recommend them here. Likewise if you are looking for a good craftsman this is a great resource.

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Remember MOSS in NYC!? The first design store that changed the world! Well they closed several years ago but it turns out they have been holding out on us. There is one last warehouse full of inventory and they will sell it all next week at steep discounts! Here are the details for those of you lucky enough to be in NY:
MOSS Sale 11-15 May, 10-4pm Brooklyn Navy Yard Enter at 63 Flushing Avenue and stop at the guard house. Tell them you are going to Building 3, suite 810 Prevents Holdings Inc

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WantedDesign fair, started in 2011 by two dynamic French women: Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, has become an important annual event nurturing the international design dialogue. 

Our own Sara Ouhaddou will be showcasing her work (shown above) at the LaunchPad Section of this fair. 

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Read about the twelve 2015 National Design Award winners … including Michael Graves for a life time achievement award, LA-based Commune for Interior design and more…

 See you next week! Have a great weekend!


Designers and Artisans

Robert Stadler, 'Irregular Bomb sofa'

‘Irregular Bomb Sofa’ (2009) by Robert Stadler.

In last week’s post we talked about how craft is increasingly being linked with innovation as well as tradition. It is a theme we are seeing more and more frequently.  ADCollections at Quai d’Orsay, which we covered a few weeks ago was based on the theme of the exhibiting contemporary designers’ close collaborations with traditional French craftsmen.  So we were intrigued with the exhibition currently showing at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris entitled ‘L’Usage de Form’. It is conceived as a dynamic dialogue between artisans, designers, artists, architects and their tools – the tools and man’s ingenuity and relation to them (‘outils’) being the focal point of the exhibition.  With scenography by the designer Robert Stadler (founder of RADI Designers), the ‘outils’ are presented as a fundamental point of connection between man and the world and his way to interact with his environment. They enable him to create works that move the raw materials from a state of nature to a state of culture.


Large coppersmith's stake and oak anvil belonging to Nathaneal Le Berre

‘Atelier’ section; see Nathaneal Le Berre’s coppersmith’s stake and oak anvil in the foreground.


The exhibition crosses historical periods, starting with basic wooden craft instruments (Atelier section)  and culminating in 3-D design technology, by way of, for example, Eames’s ingenious use of plywood and Sottsass’s work with electric typewriters and glass. Stadler distinguishes clearly between two complementary entities: ‘homo faber’ who ‘constructs implements for fashioning matter'; and ‘homo ludens’ who ‘playfully misappropriates the tools of production and the implements of knowledge created by ‘homo faber’ to find new uses and possibilities for them’ so giving rise to culture. Of course, we know that these entities can also co-exist in one artist.  What is interesting is that tools are here explored as a subject in their own right. They are given a dynamic identity.

Nathaneal Le Berre's 'Infini' sculptural light in copper (2013). jpeg

‘Infini’ sculptural light (2013) in copper by Nathaneal Le Berre.


'Understand what you love #2' by Robert Stadler, 'L'Usage des Formes', Palais de Tokyo

‘Understand what you love #2′ by Robert Stadler (2015). Ash wood.


Leg splint in glued, moulded and laminated wood (1942) by Charles Eames

Leg Splint (1944) in glued, laminated and moulded wood by Charles Eames. This revolutionary technique with wood opened up a myriad of design possibilities.


Portable typewriter Valentine, injection moulded plastic (ABS, metal and rubber (1969) by Ettore SottsassValentine portable typewriter in injection moulded plastic, metal and rubber (1969) by Ettore Sottsass.


'Xiangzheng' (1999-2000), Blown glass, moulded glass, Ettore Sottsass. L'Usage des Formes, palais de Tokyo, paris

‘Xiangzheng’ (1999-2000), blown glass and moulded glass by Ettore Sottsass. (Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques, Marseille.


Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger, 'Subdivided Column' 2010, L'Usage des Formes' expo, Palais de Tokyo.‘Subdivided Column’ (2010), exploration of the generative and constructive potential of digital tools for architecture, Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger.


Installation in extruded plastic using a programmed industrial robot (2015) by Gramazio & Kohler.Installation in extruded plastic using a programmed industrial robot (2015) by Gramazio & Kohler.

For us, the matrix of the exhibition is the spectacular installation (above) by Gramazio & Kohler. Nestled within this meandering structure are a range of tools borrowed from the creators taking part in the exhibition., some simple and even primitive (see Nathaneal Le Berre’s wooden mallet within the structure), others more complex. It is a magnificent homage to the process of creation.

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Collectible Design Market News Highlights and Events


Auction news – Marc Newson’s ‘Lockheed Lounger’ sold on Tuesday night at Phillips in London for a record-breaking £2,434,500. A prototype of the lounger was sold by Phillips in 2010 for £1.4m. Read Dezeen on the sale.



David Wiseman at R & Company

R & Company are showing David Wiseman’s second solo exhibition, from11 May to 25 June 2015. Entitled ‘Wilderness and Ornaments’, Wiseman will present new designs and never-seen-before architectural elements. Should be amazing!



A spectacular and thoughtful collection and well worth a visit. This is a wonderful exhibition providing a wide panorama of the specific styles, techniques and taste of each period, with over 600 pieces (dating from the Renaissance to the present day) from the museums reserve collection.
9 April – 15 November 2015.


Damsels in Design

A great event in NYC on 12th May with Damsels in Design – Meet leading designers working in interior design, museums and fashion. Click here for details.


The exhibition DESIGN POWER! is currently showing at 11 rue de Cambrai, 75019 in Paris. Created in 2009 ‘Le Lieu du Design’ has supported over 900 innovative design projects which have been adopted by businesses and industry. This retrospective exhibition presents around 100 of those projects, showing their progress from concept to production.  (8 April – 11 July 2015).



The top 200 art collectors

2015. (Part 1)

Artnet’s list (part 1) of the top 200 art collectors worldwide makes fascinating reading. 


We’ll leave you this week with an image of this beautiful and ethereal sculptural ‘Ella’ chair (2015) by Jacopo Foggini for EDRA. Made in polycarbonates, the form is exactly that of Saarinen’s tulip armchair . Foggini has explored a contemporary narrative of this very recognizable Modernist form in the Ella chair. While Saarinen was a minimalist and machinist, Foggini’s chair is creating a more crafted statement. We were recently in the restaurant at the Musée d’Orsay where the chairs are also by Foggini (check out our Instagram image)

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Inquiries : or 06 47 25 09 66

Italian Lighting and Blue Fractal Resin!

We were up at Les Puces for the first time in quite a while this week. Each year it becomes more “established” and this year is no different – from new numbered awnings for easier identification of the stands to presentations that rival high-end design shops. There are very few signs of a traditional ‘flea market’ left anywhere.  We saw many of the regular crowd – interior designers and gallerists – getting an early start. On our mission to find tables and lights for a Paris client we were happily reminded that there is true value for our clients in negotiating face to face.

Here are a few objects to temp you from our trip!

IMG_7439 IMG_7440Four Champagne Chairs by Estelle Laverne, 1970. This chair has never been re-edited.  The white leather cushions are original and in good shape.  The seats rotate from one side to the other and spring back to the position seen above. 

Ask us about the price – you’ll be happy you did!




Mushroom lamp (1970s) on the top and the Meduse (Jelly Fish) lamp (1960s) underneath. Both by the pioneering Italian designer Luciano Vistosi.



Each table lamp above is one of a pair that are Italian from the 1950s that we find to have enduring elegant lines.



This is one of a pair of blue fractal resin cube tables. The picture doesn’t do it justice… they are exquisite! The blue is electric and exciting and with the sun shining on them these tables really made our heart skip a beat!
Blue is said to be the hardest color to accomplish in this medium. We are used to seeing red, orange and yellow most often. If you are interested we will send you more photos!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Inquiries : or 06 47 25 09 66

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Collectible Design Market News Highlights

Craft and artisanal workshops are playing a central role in defining contemporary luxury for an increasing sophisticated clientele.
Have a look at some of the news and events around this topic.

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What is Luxury? Opens tomorrow (through 27 September 2015) at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

It will include 100+ contemporary objects to explore design and craftsmanship.

“There was such a narrow discourse about luxury that just focused on brands, the industry and the market, we felt it was time to reopen discussion,” said Jana Scholze, the co-curator, to the NYTimes. “Luxury is shifting to something that is not simply focused on consumption, and this has implications for future craft — exciting implications, I think.”  Read the full story here.

The idea of craft is often linked to tradition and nostalgia but here it is being linked to innovation and a sophisticated knowledge about quality. Shown above is the Fragile Future III  by Studio Drift for Carpenter’s Workshop.

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Notice this lamp again along with the Charles Trevelyan lamp in the press photos for Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery who was just featured in FT’s How To Spend It.  The gallery purchased a closing foundry outside of Paris last summer, kept the skilled craftsmen and invited the artists and designers they represent, including Wendell Castle, Studio Job,  Rick Owens, the Campana brothers and Atelier Van Lieshout to create here. Read the full NYTimes story here.

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In September the Musee Des Arts Decoratifs will present Korea: Design and the Art Trade – an exhibition seeking to explore and illuminate the resonance between Korea’s contemporary art and design with traditional artisanal methods in the forming of a national artistic identity.  Read more here.

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Don’t miss Linda Lee’s article on Pierre Paulin in the latest issue of Cultured Magazine (pp. 188) that just came out yesterday.  Paulin’s work (see Paulin at TEFAF 2015) has been highly collectible for many years and will  be celebrated at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris this September.  If you’re not in Paris next fall you still have a chance to see (and purchase) his work at NY Gallery Demisch Denant’s Pierre Paulin; L’Homme Moderne exhibition open 12 May 0 27 June 2015.

Design Market Stats from the TEFAF Market Report


The collectible design sector is becoming more formalized as a category every year. DeTnk creates a collectible design market report each spring since 2008 with data covering the market since 2005, Artnet tracks 20th and 21st century design since 2011 and the TEFAF Art Market Report this year includes a special section on design. It’s important to note that these reports include available data from auction houses and surveys but it is not by any means complete.  Here are some of the key design findings from Clare McAndrew’s TEFAF Art Market Report:

  • There is more and more crossover between the art and design market as collectors explore both sectors.
  • Auction sales for 20th and 21st century design in 2014 reached 314 million euros. This is an increase of 2% year-over-year, but down 8% on the peak of 342 million euros in 2012.
  • Interestingly, the report gives comparisons to give the reader a sense of how much this amount is in comparison with other segments of the market: The sector makes up around 8% of the value of Artnet’s decorative lots and is about 5% of the value of the Post War and contemporary sector, or just over half that of the European Old Master sales.
  • The US is the largest auction market in this sector and France is second. Both have held these places since 2011 when Artnet began tracking this market. The US market grew slightly in 2014 after a steep decline in 2013 while France was stagnant in terms of value and slightly decreased in terms of transactions.  The market has declined overall in both countires between 2011 and 2014.
  • The highest price paid for a work at auction in the sector for 2014 was 3.7 million Euros for a cabinet by French designer Jean-Michel Frank offered in the historic Sotheby’s Paris sale of Felix Marcilhac. (See our post on this piece from earlier this year here. )
  • 62% of all auction transactions in this sector last year were for under 3,000 Euros

This is just a small bit of the information offered in this in-depth report that is available on the TEFAF website for 20 euros.

Italian Design!

Suspension in iron (1902) by Alessandro Mazzucotelli

Suspension in iron (1902) by Alessandro Mazzucotelli.

Liberty style: The forms were inspired by natural forms – the fantastical dragonflies on the top create strong and lyrical shapes.
This week we’re focusing on Italian Design with the opening of the wonderful exhibition ‘Dolce Vita? – Italian Decorative Art, 1900-1940, from Liberty to Industrial Design’ at the Musée d’Orsay (14 April – 13 September). 

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The ‘Dolce Vita’ exhibition traces the developement of the decorative and fine arts in Italy in the early to mid years of the 20th century.  This intense period of creativity occurred during a time of profound change in the country, starting with the optimism of the Giolitti government (1900-1914) and the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs in Turin in 1902,  followed by the shock of WWI  through to the turmoil of Mussolini’s Fascist regime and WWII.  Artists, master glassmakers and craftsmen, in Italy were expressing the newly unified nations’ desire for progress with the creation of a true ‘Italian Style’ which would influence the birth of modern design. This backdrop of ‘paradoxical optimism’ explains the question mark in the title of the exhibition – ‘Dolce Vita?’.
What we felt comes across strongly is the clear sense of the powerful dialogue between the fine and decorative arts of the period and their connections to, and reflections of the social and political developments of the period. This symbiotic flow of inspiration and sense of connection is intriguing and the historical context deepens our experience of each work. “Eventually everything connects –  people, ideas, objects…” Charles Eames.
Organised in chronological order, the exhibition consists of around 100 works and is divided into Liberty, Futurism, Modern Classicism and Industrial.
Chair and 'Pysche' mirror (c1902) by Carlo Bugatti
Liberty': Chair and ‘Psyche’ mirror in wood and parchment (1902) by Carlo Bugatti.
The zoomorphic forms and sinuous shapes reflected the interest in nature of the Liberty style in Italy.
Panneau in wood and enamel (1898-1920) by Galileo Chini
Panneau in wood and enamel (1898-1920) by Galileo Chini, a decorator, designer, painter and ceramist.
In this fabulous panel the Liberty motifs are combined with a strong Renaissance influence, in particular from the work of the ceramist and sculptor, Andrea della Robbia (1435-1525).
Buffalo bowl (1910) in patinated bronze by Duilio Cambellotti
Buffalo bowl (1910) in patinated bronze by Duilio Cambellotti.
His influence was political and social as well as aesthetic and artistic as many of the artists and craftsmen in Italy at the time.   Cambellotti was an applied artist, illustrator, painter, sculptor and designer who played a large role in the development of the Liberty style.
Painting ‘Lignes-Force du poing de Boccioni’ (c1915) by Giacomo Balla
‘Lignes-Force du poing de Boccioni’, ink on paper (c1915) by Giacomo Balla.
The highly avant-garde Futurist movement was fervently opposed to the traditionalism of bourgeois academic and museum culture. It expressed a desire for renewal based on a glorification of progress and speed creating a dynamic interpretation of colors and shapes and was manifested in  Their first manifesto (1909) was followed by ‘The Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe’ in 1915 which extended the Futurist aesthetic into the decorative arts.
Interestingly, the painter Depero, opened in Rovereto his ‘Casa del Mago’ (‘House of the Magicien’), a workshop filled with tapestries, furniture, posters and ceramics all for sale, and in Rome Bollo, the painter opened his house to the public following the same principle in a movement away from what they saw as the stultifying atmosphere of the traditional museums. In the 1920s many Futurists opened ‘art houses’.
Futurist lamp-table ‘ready-made’ (1930) by Thayaht
Futurist lamp-table ‘ready-made’ (1930) by Thayaht
Painting ‘Sapho’ (1921) by Achille Funi; chairs and guéridon (1930) by Franco Albini.
Painting ‘Sapho’ (1921) by Achille Funi; chairs and guéridon (1930) by Franco Albini.

The ‘Metafisica’ movement in Italian painting rediscovered a dialogue with classical art through images of classical busts and motifs. Though it was a purely pictorial movement, a similar classical sensibility developed in parallel in the decorative arts in Italy in the early 1920s.  A sense of simultaneously reaching back and moving forward.


Glass ‘Veronese’ vase (1921) by Vittorio Zecchin
Murano glass ‘Veronese’ vase (1921) by Vittorio Zecchin.
This vase is modeled on the vase on the balustrade to the left of the Virgin Mary in Veronese ‘L’Annociation’ (1578) (image below).  Artists and craftsmen were drawing inspiration from, and had a deep respect for, the rich heritage of Italian art while still looking to the future.
Mannerist painter Paolo Veronese’s ‘Annociation’ (1578) in the Galleria dell’Accademia de Venise.
‘Porte-Objects’ high table (1930) in chrome iron and wood by Giuseppe Pagano; ‘Saint-Elia’ chair (1936) by Giuseppe Terragini; ‘Luminator’ lamp (1929) by Luciano Baldessari
‘Porte-Objects’ high table (1930) in chrome iron and wood by Giuseppe Pagano; ‘Saint-Elia’ chair (1936) by Giuseppe Terragini; ‘Luminator’ lamp (1929) by Luciano Baldessari.
In 1926 a group of young architects in Lombardy influenced by the theories of Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, founded ‘Gruppo 7′. They created furniture with pure lines using innovative materials like metal tubing thus laying the foundations of industrial design in Italy.

Collectible Design Market News Highlights

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 Art and Design Auction in Brussels
26th April 2015

The spectacular chair by Ron Arad on the catalogue cover (lot 224) is made of sheets of steel riveted together. 1968, Vitra edition. Estimate €6,000-8,000.
See online catalogue.

Matrizia sofa by Ron Arad for Moroso.

Matrizia sofa (2015) by Ron Arad for Moroso.
Interesting to see Arad’s ‘Matrizia’ sofa  showing in Milan this week. With a spring-based structure, the mattress is folded over into the shape of a sofa and held together by a concealed metal frame.

“The idea came about by accident, after seeing mattresses dumped in the street when walking in town, a sight which captured the boundless imagination of Ron Arad and triggered an imaginary operation of salvage and decontextualization. Matrizia is a sofa-sculpture, an upholstered furniture item which acts as the ideal midway point between design skill and craft talent,” said Moroso.



We couldn’t resist including the Sonia Rykiel flagship store on the Blvd Saint Germain in Paris which has been transformed by Swedish-Portugese artist André Saralva and art director Thomas Lenthal into a café/library as part of a brilliant pop-up concept. The long vintage sofa is seriously covetable! Items for sale from Rykiel’s current collection are nestled in to rectangular voids in the book-lined walls creating a cosy and intimate atmosphere despite the large size of the rooms. See Wallpaper’s article on this new concept store.
Image courtesy of Sonia Rykiel.
Finally, to wrap up Italian design this week, we’ll leave you  with a reminder to join us on Twitter to read about the Fauve Italian sale in Paris yesterday. Interestingly, lot 6 was a Suspension in iron (1902) by Alessandro Mazzucotelli, one of which we saw in the Musée d’Orsay exhibition on Italian decorative art this week (our first image in this week’s post!)
Wishing you a great weekend!
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Oracles of Design Exhibition, Paris


Chauffeuse Orgone II by Marc Newson, 1998
Each week we send an email full of objects to inspire you and to share our love of the stories that objects tell.As reflections of our collective interests, beliefs and aspirations for generations to come, objects mark our times. And some objects tell stories that are carried through time gaining status and value. We have come to call this category collectible design.
It is a new category, still forming, and we hope that by learning about objects we all become more interested in the cultural narratives we are participating in through our acquisitions.  That said, upon entering theDesign Oracles Exhibitionat the Gaîté Lyrique last week my heart leaped when I heard (in French) a female voice (perhaps the curator, Li Edelkoort?) saying something along the lines of (I’m still working on my French … ) … “true luxury is buying and using an object that withstands time and is then handed down to be loved and enjoyed by the next generation.”
Sharing objects brings us closer together and helps us understand each other because objects fulfill a need and when that need is met there is an emotional connection formed.The connection is what it is all about. Charles Eames said: “Everything eventually connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connection is the key to quality per se.”Well, Li Edelkoort, the trend forcaster whose reputation as an oracle herself well precedes her, has curated this exhibition of objects chosen from the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), which not only identifies design oracles of the 20th century but classifies them in 10 categories.
The resulting connections felt through experiencing these object categories feels quite profound. It is still resonating with us!
First gallery of the exhibition:  Maarten Baas’ Black Clay Chair, in the left background, which embraces functional imperfection in post millennial design. The carbon fiber version of Ron Arad’s Big Easy Chair, 1991. MoMA’s Paola Antonelli credited him with inspiring ‘mutant’ design, which according to her is design that rebels against the ‘established modes of practice”, and is one of the 10 themes defined by Edelkoort.  Hermès’ Kelly bag, whose proyotyoe dates back to the end of the 19th century and whose iconic status was solidified in 1977 through the help of Alfred Hitchcock, Edith Head, Grace Kelly and Life Magazine!

According to the press release Edelkoort made several visits to this important collection to identify the 10 themes –  PRIMITIVE – NOMADIC – ABSTRACT – NAÏVE – CURIOUS – SIMPLE – AUDACIOUS – ORGANIC – HUMBLE – MUTANT – that weave together the stories of the objects in this exhibition. Each theme  “support[s] the story of an outlook and lifestyle … and a desire for self-expression.”

The concept of classifying lifestyles through types of objects in our opinion, alludes to the idea that we have perspective.  Perspective naturally places us at a distance from these categories – perhaps on the verge of a new way of living that has yet to be defined? As our lives become more information- based and more “nomadic” physical objects natural start to take a secondary place in our lives.  Edelkoort’s groups at once identify this idea and also magnify the power of the object to evoking emotional connection in our lives.  Furthermore, these categories underline our need for continuity through historical reference, which is balanced by the “mutant” rebellious design that creates bold new paths. 

Here are just a few highlights but we strongly encourage you to see the exhibition yourself.
If you are interested in an accompanied visit please let Susan and I know!


Archaique – We were drawn to it when it debuted at Design Miami/Basel in 2012 and spent some time with the designers then who had a workshop installed on the mezzanine of the fair. (See our post here.)  The objects from this series called Craftica, which was commissioned by Fendi, incorporate repurposed discarded leather and other natural materials like cork, marble, shell, glass and wood. The editor of this collection is Libby Sellers in London.


Mutant – Patrick Jouin’s chaise Solid C2 is in the foreground of this photo. It is one of the first pieces of furniture made from rapid prototyping. This design, along with the other objects in the group,  seems to defy the function they fill. (More on Jouin’s work in one of our previous posts here.)

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Archaïque – A Napoleon III (19th century) original version of a Confident or tête-à-tête on the left and Nacho Carbonell’s Evolution Lovers’ Chair from 2009.  There are myriad versions of this form since its invention (google it!) it’s clearly (thanks to Edelkoort’s vision) a concept that resonates with us collectively.

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Curieux – These objects were amongst the few decorative pieces in the exhibition and even so they elude to decoration more than they actually embody it. The Amsterdam Armoire by Scholten & Baijings, 2009, pays homage to the historical ‘cabinet of curiosity’ without the real physical objects. Instead they are mainly painted on the doors.


Curieux – Birds Birds Birds Candelier by Ingo Maurer, 1992 above Méret Oppenheim’s Taccia Table from 1939 (See our earlier posts if you are interested in this table: ArtCurialFriday Finds)  bring to light the surrealist theme that transcends 20th century.

FastVase Rosenthal Studio Line, courtesy of Rosenthal Ltd. Photo Mary-Beth

Mutant – Fast Vase by Cedric Ragot, 2003/2005 is
Influenced by the Ming Dynasty vase form and Italian Futurism, which emphasized speed and technology and glorified modernity and a break from the weight of the past.

coral-vase Ted Mueling 1999

Coral Vase by Ted Mueling, 1999

Humble – This room was a moving experience with ethereal music playing and billowing curtains projected on all the walls. All of the objects were white (in contrast with the black of the first section) and we left with the feeling of truly being humbled by the vast amount of creativity and ingenuity that we had just seen in the objects themselves and their arrangement, in which we can see our life reflected. It also gave us a quiet feeling of peace and freedom to be in this room. It was an emotional experience – one that felt very relevant to the way we want to live to day – with beauty and and quieter surroundings to balance the bombardment of  daily information.  The room seemed to portend to the end of objects defining our contemporary life.  In that spirit we gave upon this Ted Mueling vase from 1999 and experienced it as an object literally evaporating in front of us.

This powerful formalized look at design objects of the recent past clearly defines the significance of collectible design in our lives.  These objects express our experiences and emotions.

We feel so very lucky to have seen this exhibition and hope to share it with many of you coming through Paris in the next few months.

Have a great weekend!


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Milan Design Week is next up on the calendar this spring: 14-19 April.  One of our favorite galleriests Nina Yasher of Nilufar Gallery will launch Nilufar Depot in conjunction with this years events. There is no website yet but you can link to the gallery site here.  The Depot is a 1,500 sf space with historical and contemporary designs on offer. Below  are some of the contemporary pieces we like so far! A NYTimes article from last fall says, “Yasher  believes in using design to tell stories, and the story her apartment tells is that of her upbringing.” You can see stunning images of her home in this inspired article by Alexia Vardinoyanni.

Fioritura Mimetica 2 carpet by Pierre Marie Agin India 2015 Handknotter polychrome wool customizable colors and size and made on demand Nilufar

Fioritura Mimetica 2 carpet by Pierre Marie Agin India 2015 Handknotter polychrome wool customizable colors and size and made on demand NilufarCherryBomb Cage ceiling lamp by Lindsey Adelman USA 2015 Customizable, Brass and blown glass

CherryBomb Cage ceiling lamp by Lindsey Adelman USA 2015 Customizable, Brass and blown glass

Nina Yasher home video

Click on the image above to see a short video tour of Nina’s house in Milan.

Might be a good idea to bookmark this gallery and visit after the storm of Design week according to British Design Critic for the International NY Times Alice Rawsthorn in her recent article for Frieze Magazine about the shifting landscape of Milan Design Week.

AD Collections at Quai d’Orsay, Paris

 Architectural Digest opened the first edition of AD Collections last week coinciding withPAD Paris.   It was an exhibition staged by renowned French designer and museographer Adrien Gardère, to present le travail de créatures de mobilier d’exception!  50 designers each chose three pieces to exhibit for a total of 150 pieces of design that were presented in several adjoining Second Empire rooms of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.  The visual impact was quite intense at first and then we settled in and focused on the objects individually and were enchanted.
The designers chosen for this exhibition highly value the traditional heritage of
craftsmen and their techniques handed down and howned over the generations. They work with them to realize their pieces. In this way, the creative narrative is continued and enriched by the melding of older techniques with contemporary ideas. We too think this is important and inspiring.
AD Collections, Quai d'Orsay
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Inside Entrance hall to AD Collections 2015
Overview 1First view of the exhibition!
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Overview with the pedestal table and low table in marble from Saint Pons by Pierre Gonalons for Galerie Armel Soyer visible in the back right side of the photo.
Sculptural forms created from a single material were  a strong trend in the work shown.  Here are a few of our favorites. (Plus a couple more in the photo above!)
Bureau by Joseph Dirand
The king of super-lux minimalism, Joseph Dirand, presented this bureau in burled elm (loupe d’orme) and table base (photo below) in Italian pierre ceppo. These two massive singular pieces were a welcome rest to our eyes and felt very ‘contemporary with gravitas’.
Table basse in pierre ceppo by Joseph Dirand
Bout de canapé by Erwan Boulloud
Console Osselet by Jean-Marc Lelouch

Fifteen years ago, Jean-Marc Lelouch started collaborating with one of our favorite designers, Philippe Hiquilly, and began exploring different materials. You can see the influence in this fabulous bronze work. Monumental and poetic, in this dazzling piece Lelouch  loves the light play that the surface texture (created with a hammer) achieves.  It could be described as fictional sculpture.


Chaise longue Luge, Thomas Lemut

Chaise Longue Luge by Thomas Lemut at Galerie Fumi (limited ed. of 3)

This laminated sycamore, walnut and  cherrywood chaise longue, which was handmade in Austria, revisits the theme of combining winter sport with furniture started by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.  As reported in Le Figaro (in French) and by the Chair Blog (in English) Ruhlmann’s “adjustable Lounge Chair mounted on skis was reportedly designed for the Maharaja of Indore by Emile-Jacques Ruhlman (1879-1933) in 1929.”  (It was sold in Christie’s Sale 1000, Les Collections du Chateau de Gourdon. 29 – 31 March 2011, Paris, France for €2,865,000 ($4,067,997).)

We point this out to underline the sculptural theme in much of the design in this exhibition and in particular through the work of Lemut. This is also to help one to visualize the evolution of taste/aesthetics of collectible design. See the two chairs together below. The coherent and singular nature of Lemut’s expression is the epitome of contemporary luxury at the moment.

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Roissy Table by Stephane Parmentier 
Pure lines and a noble materials are combined in the minimalist work of Stephane Parmentier, who heads Artistic Direction for Christofle. We loved the play of geometric forms, which are fully experienced thanks to the bold contrasts of black Marquinia marble and white statuary marble.
Light by Jean-Louis Deniot
Lamp by Jean Louis Denoit
Geometric forms also come into play in this lamp in bronze, brass and eglomisé glass by Jean Louis Deniot. Voted into the AD Top 100 interior designers of 2014, this young Parisian who is a graduate of the Ecole Camondo and has created projects all over France and abroad from New Delhi to LA.
In the following pieces the combination of strong geometric lines and a powerful sense of volume create a potent and decorative effect.

Bismut & Bismut. Table and bibliotheque in white gold, platinum, silver and aluminium

 Table and bibliothèque in white gold, silver, platinum and aluminum
by Bismut & Bismut
The architects and designers, Bismut & Bismut (Daniel & Michel) explore and play with materials and volume in their work with spectacular results, as in the table and bibliotheque shown here. Their ‘vocabulary’ is minimal and their materials, often sharp steel combined with gold, platinum and silver are worked into strong sculptural geometric forms which appear both sensual and severe.
Chahan Minassian & George Floret. Tble, guéridon and paravent in patinated brass and rock crystal
 Table, guéridon and paravent in patinated brass and rock crystal
by Chahan Minassian and George Floret
The designer Chahan Minassian and the architect Georges Floret share a passion for semi-precious stones, gemstones and natural crystals and worked together on these stunning pieces in steel, bronze, rock crystal and quartz, giving value to each distinctive element. The delicate and faceted lines of crystal combined in a sort of patchwork pattern combine with the steel to create a powerfully sculptural effect.
Lamp in bronze, brass and eglomisé glass by Jean-Louis Denoit, voted into the AD Top 100 interior designers of 2014
Lustre Chromosome by Patrick E. Naggar Lustre Chromosome by Patrick E. Naggar for Veronese
This dazzling light by Patrick E. Naggar took 6 months of reflection to conceive. It is made of four pieces of blown glass exclusively made by Veronese for Ralph Pucci in ateliers in Murano with fibre optics producing the light within. Naggar has explained he wanted to symbolize the past by using Murano glass and the future by incorporating fibre optics. it appears like a hanging glass sculpture with lines of light radiating out.
Emmanuel Bossuet. Lustre 'Appolonius'
 Lustre ‘Appolonius’ by Emmanuele Bossuet
The ‘Appolonius’ light is among the first produced by Emmanuel Bossuet for Maison Charles, of which he is Artistic Director. A metre in diameter, it is quite simply breathtaking. The light is dispersed through the ends of large tubes perfectly worked into a circular overall form with strong sculptural qualities. Highly covetable!
Two Personal Favorites
Francois-Joseph Graf. Chair in maple and black oak
Chair in maple and black oak  by Francois-Joseph Graf

We couldn’t resist this beautiful chair by Francois-Joseph Graf. The strong horizontal black and cream lines make such a powerful statement. This ‘homme du talent’ created the fabulous period rooms in the Musée des Arts Decoratifs here in Paris.
Have a great weekend!

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Collectible Design Market News
Lidewij Edelkoort, the famous Dutch trend forecaster is curating Design Oracles, an exhibition at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, which opens tomorrow. Drawing from the collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) – one of the largest visual arts centers in Europe. Edelkoort says, “Questioning the notion of an object in an age of flux and information may help us better understand and meet the challenges of the constantly-evolving world, and the exhibition aims to bring together objects embedded with a prophetic power to anticipate or reveal lifestyles and the domestic landscape at large.”We will have more on this next Friday for sure!
Design Days Dubai Review by Anna Kats for Blouin Artinfo
Carwan at Design Days Dubai
Beirut -based Carwan Gallery‘s stand at Design Days Dubai featuring lighting by Italian designer Vincenzo De Cotiis. De Cotiis’s work was shown last week at Art Paris Art Fair by Galerie L’Eclaireur, which opened a gallery space in Les Puces last year.
Blouin Artinfo’s Design and Architecture editor Anna Kats wrote an insightful article about the 4th annual Design Days Dubai Fair – the largest design fair in the Middle East – that just closed last week. 
Her interview with the fair director director Cyril Zammit sheds light on how the fair is defining itself and the market for collectible design in the Middle East. The fair focuses on high quality non-western design. You won’t find any Charlotte Perriand here!  Instead you can expect to make new discoveries of “emerging and established practitioners from Dubai, the surrounding region, and further afield.”
Considering that the fair is actually introducing and creating this market the reviews seem to be that the crowds are engaging more with the vendors this year and that sales, while sales are slowly increasing. Read the full article here.
 Jasper Morrison Retrospective

Centre d’Innovation et de Design (CID), Grand Hornu, Belgium
10 May – 13 September 2015

This retrospective will celebrate the broad body of work of British industrial designer Jasper Morrison. Furniture, kitchenware and home electronics from Morrison’s 35-year career will be accompanied by archive material in a specially designed installation that mirrors his minimal style.



Postmodernism 1980-1995
Helsinki Design Museum, Finland
Open until 17 May 2015
Don’t miss this wonderful exhibition which closes 17 May. It presents Postmodernism from a Finnish perspective during the years between 1980 and 1995 will be highlighted in Helsinki, as part of an exhibition spanning architecture, design, popular culture and the arts.

Work by Finnish designers Stefan Lindfors, Leena Luostarinen, Rita Taskinen and Vesa Varrela will be displayed alongside products by international names such as Aldo Rossi, Nathalie du Pasquier and Philippe Starck.


Friday Finds PAD PARIS 2015

The 19th edition of PAD Paris is an eclectic mix of passionate connoisseurs presenting rare, limited editions and sometimes  unique objects responding to a growing desire of collectors and enthusiasts to create exceptional personal statements. 

We had a little Q&A with 1st Dibs too!

Contemporary Design Highlights


Galerie Maria Wettergren, is the leader in contemporary Scandinavian design. We greatly admire her work and have featured it several times on this blog. She presents new work by Danish designer Rasmus Fenhann this year …. This sublime table (a limited edition of 8) with a removable top (shown above), is inspired by the principles in the Japanese art of origami.

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This highly covetable long bench in solid brass and burnt oak by Valentin Loellmann on the resolutely contemporary Galerie Gosserez’s stand stopped us in our tracks. Named ‘Spring/Summer++’,  it is a continuation of Loellmann’s collection ‘Fall/Winter’, ‘Spring/Summer’ in which his fascination with materials is clear. Having explored working in liquid bronze, hazel branches, coppered and nickeled metal and diverse patinas to spectacular effect in previous works in the collection, the juxtaposition of the organic shape of this bench with the deeply textured and waxed burnt oak and reflective brass is sublime. Each piece is unique and the quality of technique is outstanding.




After a successful 1st experience last year presenting Victoria Wilmotte’s  Magma collection of lava rock and colored resin furniture,  Torri Gallery returns this year with the work of  London-based French designer Fabien Cappello. The gallery gave him carte blanche to create a project specifically for PAD. The result is a series of 6 lights in perforated metal and glass inspired by the 1980s. It’s called Bright Rays.  Each design is  available in a limited edition of six.  We saw that two had sold opening day. 

«Bright Rays est une ode à l’énergie que produit une source lumineuse.»

The designers work has been recognized and rewarded in England and in France. He is interested in affecting change in the objects of our day to day lives and his work in general is “a strong reaction against the disposable culture.” He seeks to bring life and beauty to durable and significant objects for people.” His work injects a contemporary voice into the dialogue at PAD.



The Keecker, a robotic butler developed by former Google Product Manager Pierre Lebeau, is presented with Elle Decoration in the entrance of the fair.
We told you this fair is eclectic!
We thought you would  enjoy this great article in the Huffington Post about Keecker.


20th Century Design Highlights




Images above: – 1. Carafe by Christopher Dresser, Oscar Graf Gallery. 2. Furniture by André Sornay, Galerie Marcelpoil. 3. Lights by Jean Royere, Galerie Jacques Lacoste.

47151fd8-d18b-4d69-8df8-e6e01aaef8aeGalleries including Oscar Graf, who is the leading specialist in Christopher Dresser, Marcelpoil who represents the work of Andre Sornay, Jacques Lacoste the leader in Jean Royere, and  Galerie HP Le Studio, whose research on the Austrian architect Anna Lülja Praun uncovered this gorgeous bench (above) that had us so excited when we saw it at the press preview, are a few of the specialists who shared the stories of their work with us during the press preview.
Lülja Praun was a great friend of Eileen Grey and her work is considered an important link between the Vienna Secession  and Modernism in Austria. This piece was awarded PAD’s 2015 ‘Prix des Arts Décoratifs du XXème siècle’.




Paul Viguier and Candice Fauchon are the husband and wife team behind James Gallery Paris. They present this incredibly rare and “most mythical piece of Brazilian modernism”- the ‘cadeira três pés’from 1958 by Joaquim Tenreiro. It was created for the first time in 1949 at the request of playwriter Silveira Sampaio, who was looking for a prop to represent the love triangle theme of his play.  Tenreiro made 30 of these chairs over a 20-year period.  He gave them as gifts – they were never sold.  Created in combinations of 2,3,4 and 5 exotic hardwoods stacked together, this 5 wood version is incredibly rare.


Collectible Design Market News 

We had the priviledge to speak with 
1st Dibs Spokesperson Laura Schneider for a little Q&A 

How many years have you been sponsoring PADParis?D Paris
1stdibs has sponsored both PAD Paris & London for the past four years.
Why is it important to you to sponsor this fair? 
We view fair sponsorship as a way to support our dealer community and the antiques industry as a whole. Specifically, PAD brings together such a thoughtful mix of dealers and styles that the fair is a true shopping destination for design connoisseurs. The range of periods and type of pieces found at the fair – from contemporary to modern –speaks to the way people collect and live today, and this makes the fair particularly appealing to our clients.
PAD seems to be including more young galleries with contemporary design in the past few years. Is this a theme you see in your business as well?
Absolutely. Many of our existing dealers are incorporating contemporary design into their offering. You can see this with galleries such as Galerie BSL, R. & Co, Salon94, and others. They are carrying works by designers like the Haas Brothers, David Wiseman, and Carol Egan. This is because people today tend to collect across a variety of styles and periods rather than staying within one genre. Today’s collectors like to mix new with old – modern with antique – and create interesting juxtapositions within their homes.
Can you speak about some of the success stories you have seen as a result of your company bringing design and antiques to a global market. 
1stidibs began as a listings site, similar to Craig’s List.  As the site grew, we had amazing brand awareness within the interior design industry and the world’s best supply of premium products within our categories. However, until about three years ago 1stdibs had not evolved to take advantages of some of the fundamental changes in the Internet. These changes include the ability to buy online, to shop through a mobile app, and to do all of that on a global, rather than a primarily US, basis.  Today, we are seeing major collectors making purchases through our platform from dealers all over the world.  The average distance between a buyer and a seller on our site is 2000 miles, and people come to us to start art collections, furnish their homes, and to buy their engagement rings. This is a huge success for us and we look forward to evolving and growing even further.
Do you see a movement towards one category or another? Are there any themes in collectible design that you are excited about now? 
Whether it’s a very rare Hermes handbag, a one-of-a-kind diamond ring, or a finely constructed Art Deco floor lamp, we are seeing great demand for extremely unique items that are rarely found on the market, regardless of price point. Ultimately – our clients want something that no one else has – that speaks to their own taste and personal style, and that says something about who they are as an individual. We will continue to meet this demand by adding more dealers, adding new international markets, and expanding into 21st century.




Mark your diaries ahead of time for the ‘Le Corbusier, Measure of Man’ exhibition at the Pompidou Centre (29 April – 3 August). The exhibition, organized in collaboration with La Fondation Le Corbusier,  will focus on how the human body itself helped define architecture and spatial composition for Le Corbusier and will include sketches, photos, audio, films, models and reconstructed interiors.


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ArtParisArtFair is this year showing only three design galleries: Armel Soyer, L’Eclaireur and Carpenters Workshop Gallery. All three have strong stands: Carpenters concentrated on works by L’Atelier van Lieshout, L’Eclaireur had some spectacular hanging lights by Vincenzo de Cotiis and Armel Soyer showed beautiful pieces by Pierre Gonalons (click here for our previous blog post on Gonalons), Matthias Kiss (previous post), Ifeanyi Oganwu, and Xavier Veilhan pour Akonite.

The Fair has organized a good broad program of events in their VIP program. We attended  their round table Forum ‘Du design à l’objet d’art, les nouvelles technologies à l’amorce de la création’ today. Those participating were Elodie Palasse Leroux (founder of Sleek Design), Mikael Zikos (IDEAT magazine), artists Cécile Le Talec and Miguel Chevalier and Alexandre Fougea (professor at l’Ecole Superieur des Arts Decoratifs and designer fondateur of Akonite skis).  The subject explored was the myriad possibilities which modern technology has opened up for designers. The idea that “form follows information” and that technique and technology now often go hand in hand was explored. The tools that contemporary designers have, such as computer generated algorithms are increasingly combined with the strong traditions of great craftsmen in a way that continues the narrative in a totally contemporary context. A very inspiring and exciting forum!  

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Antoine Vignault at Galerie Patrick Fourtin, Paris

Blue Leather Wardrobe by Antoine Vignault at Galerie Patrick Fourtin Paris March 2015 - Detail of Handle

Galerie Patrick Fourtin hosted the vernissage of the first collection by Antoine Vignault last evening. This six piece collection is one we have been following for some time and it was a wonderful experience to see the pieces in person.

Above: A labradorite sphere framed in a gilt bronze starburst is the door handle of the sensual wardrobe “experience” pictured below with the designer.  

This wardrobe really needs to be viewed in person. It is covered in soft blue leather,which is fastened with small gold-headed nails. The details continue on the back. The base is blue tinted macassar and bronze.

Blue Leather Wardrobe by Antoine Vignault at Galerie Patrick Fourtin Paris March 2015

The starburst pattern is a subtle detail on the inside of the doors that gives you a glimpse into the detailed glory of Antoine’s work. Each piece he creates has a plaque stating the number of the piece. (Each of the five designs includes 2 prototypes, 2 art proofs and 8 examples of each work.)

Rigel Table by Antoine Vignault at Galerie Patrick Fourtin Paris March 2015

The Rigel Side Table
(We blogged about this table previously and you can see more pictures here.)

Rigel Table by Antoine Vignault at Galerie Patrick Fourtin Paris March 2015 - detail
The quality of the craftsmanship is enchanting it’s own. Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg. This table is a nod to Royère who incorporated straw marquetry and stars in his work. Antoine’s 5 pointed ‘pentagram’ star (rather than the decoratively symmetrical 6 pointed star employed by Royère) is employed with the knowledge that it is a symbol recognized by man through centuries dating back to the Egyptians, with fascinating associations to the Golden Ratio. With full understanding and enthusiasm of these theories Antoine seeks to touch an eternal chord within us humans through his work.
Betelgeuse Console by Antoine Vignault at Galerie Patrick Fourtin Paris March 2015

Betelgeuse* Console

* Betelgeuse is the ninth brightest star in the night sky and second-brightest in the constellation of Orion.


Betelgeuse Console by Antoine Vignault


Here are a couple of studio shots because my iPhone6 shots don’t do this console justice!

Side Table by Antoine Vignault at Galerie Patrick Fourtin Paris March 2015

Side table, golden straw marquetry top, bronze underside to the table with the OAK stamp visible.

For the full story on these pieces we encourage you to contact Galerie Patrick Fourtin.

Paris at Night

This is the courtyard outside Galerie Patrick Fourtin .
We wanted to share with you this enchanting view from last evening.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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Friday Finds!



You can see this spectacular table on Maria Wettergren’s stand at PAD Paris later this month. The ‘Growth Table’ by Danish-born London-based designer Mathias Bengtsson  is in beautiful solid walnut wood. Combining technology and the laws of nature, this masterpiece of organic design was created by a ‘digital seed’ that grows in a virtual world inside a computer program designed by the artist. In a biomimicry process the digital seed emulates natural growth. The form is not defined ahead of time but emerges as a result of the growth process. There is also a version in bronze.

 Lmited edition of 8 unique pieces (+ 4 A.P). 160 x 90 x 75cm. (2014). 

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You might remember The ‘Growth Chair” created by Matthias Bengtsson in 2012 from our previous post.

We liked this short and interesting piece on Bengtsson in Architectural Digest. 
‘Usnea” 2010 by Gjertrude Hals.  Handspun wool, silk beard lichen. Height 250cm. Unique piece. Galerie Wettergren will also be showing the work of Norwegian Gjertrude Hals, one of Scandinavia’s most innovative and prominent fibre optic artists.
Images of works by Mathias Bengtsson and Gjertrude Hals courtesy of Maria Wettergren. 
Further evidence of the growing strength of the Scandinavian design market –  Artcurial will be holding their first sale devoted entirely to Scandinavian Design in May this year.  Albrich Speer is joining the department as consultant. A passionate connoisseur, Speer has been collecting works by Hans J Wegner, Kaare Klint, Arne Jacobsen and Finn Juhl for over fifteen years and has now moved to the other side of the business.  Should be an interesting sale.
From 26th March to 5th April, Architectural Digest will be presenting ‘AD Collections’ in the beautiful salons of Le Ministère français des affaires étrangères et du Developpement international  on Quai d’Orsay (image above).  Fifty artisans, decorators and designers will each be presenting three pieces chosen by AD with an emphasis on exquisite workmanship and noble materials.  Scenography will be by Studio Adrien Gardère and among the exhibitors are some of our favorites – Joseph Dirand, Pierre Gonalons, Eric Schmitt and Ingrid Donat. Not to be missed!
A preview above of  some works showing at AD Collections:
1. Vincent Dubourg, bronze commode 2014 (Carpenters Workshop Gallery)
2. Edwin Boulloud , Buffet ‘Rosanna’, oak and bronze.
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