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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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20th Century Design Highlights

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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’.
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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.

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Collectible Design Market News 

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

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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.

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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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Inquiries : contact@arte-case.com or 06 47 25 09 66

Antoine Vignault at Galerie Patrick Fourtin, Paris

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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.)

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

 

Betelgeuse Console by Antoine Vignault

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

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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. 


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 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. 
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‘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. 
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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.
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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!
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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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Inquiries : contact@arte-case.com or 06 47 25 09 66

Friday Finds! TEFAF 2015

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Pierre Paulin, One of a Pair of Armchairs, 1984, Lacquered wood, foam, original fabric  
Image courtesy of Gallery Demisch Denant

When we read that Demish Denant will be presenting work at TEFAF Design this year we were very excited to see what here-to-fore unseen treasures they will present!  What we love almost as much as the work they represent is the research, scholarship and contextualization they bring to the field of collectible design. We encourage you to visit their site http://www.demischdanant.com – or better yet visit them at TEFAF the 13-22 of this month in Maastricht.

They are a NY-based gallery that focuses primarily on mid-century Modern French design and they have become an important if not definitive voice shaping of the collectible design market of this era. They are one of the founding galleries of Design Miami (we posted about them in December) and will be one of only 10 galleries to present this month at the 7th version of TEFAF Design this month.

 

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Archival image. Palais de l'Élysée,Paris. Image courtesy of Demisch Denant

 

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Pierre Paulin, Élysée Bookcase, 1971, Smoked Altuglas, steel, wengé base.
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View of the Smoking Room at the Palais de l’Élysée, 1972
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Maria Pergay’s Flying Carpet Daybed, 1968 Stainless steel,  Image courtesy of Gallery Demisch Denant

Click on the image below to see a video about Design at TEFAF

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The Impossible Collection of Design: The 100 Most Influential Objects Of the Twentieth Centuryby Frédéric Chambre, Head of Development, Piasa Auctions, Paris

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 Frédéric Chambre has presented this compendium of 20th/21st century furniture accompanied by insightful and well researched and presented text to contribute to this still new yet rapidly evolving category of collectible design. 

 Chambre was the co-founder of Pierre Bergé and Associates in 2002. He also co-organized the February 2009 sale of the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé collection at Christie’s in Paris.  He joined PIASA in 2012 and is the vice president and general manager.

This auction house has a focus on Basilian and Scandinavian design. The next design sales are:
2 April – 17th-21st century Interiors
15 April Italian Design 

Here is a link to a very recent interview conducted by Agent of Style blogger Fabrice Bana with Cédric Morisset, Head of the Design Department at Piasa.  They discuss the idea of ‘iconic’ and the market for Brazilian, American and Scandinavian design, among other topics. It’s a great read! And we think you will LOVE his blog.

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Tuomas Markunpoika and Design Days Dubai

If you are visiting Design Days Dubai next month (16-20 March) make sure you make a stop at Fumi Gallery  www.galleryfumi.com to see Tuomas Markunpoika’s work.

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Engineering Temporality Cabinet made of welded steel rings.
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Inspired by his grandmother’s disintegrating memories as she struggled with Alzheimer’s, Finnish designer Tuomas Markunpoika created his Engineering Temporality collection as a reflection of the fragility of memory and its loss.”Her Alzheimer’s disease is unravelling the fabric of her life, knot by knot, and vaporizing the very core of her personality and life, her memories, and turning her into a shell of a human being” said Markunpoika.   By covering pieces of wooden furniture in a web of welded steel rings before destroying them with fire, he has created objects which have a nebulous connection with the original but appear hazy and blurry. They symbolically reveal the vanishing of memory by referring to the past.

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Burning the wooden frame of the cabinet leaves the welded steel rings in its place, symbolically burning the original ‘memory’. Markunpoika presented this collection as his graduation project at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2012.

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“The use of language in Western contemporary culture implies that memories are often conceived as possessions: we ‘keep’ memories alive or ‘preserve’ them, as if our memories were materialised objects. These objects become mementos and our personal possessions which we are responsible for. When objects impregnated with memories are created, they become precious and irreplaceable because of the transference of memories into that object” says Markunpoika.

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 “I felt the urge to connect design to the human emotional sphere and to values that reflect how we are as human beings, by trying to create a bridge between the metaphysical and the material world using design as a medium of expression”. The relationship between viewer and object is strong and the emotional impact profound. The rich dialogue and emotional exchange creates layers of experience. The objects remain functional.

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Another graduate of Eindhoven, Maarten Baas, produced his ‘Smoke’ series for his graduation show in 2002, using fire as a process, but with a very different meaning. Baas charred furniture with a blow torch, then treated the skeletons with a resin coating turning them into usable pieces of furniture again.
Murray Moss showed his work in a solo show in New York in 2004, using design pieces by Rietveld, Eames, Gaudi and Sottsass.

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“The only important thing about design is how it relates to people”, Victor Papanek (Vienna 1923-1998 Kansas).
An Austrian-American designer and educator who created product designs for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), he was educated in England at Rugby before emigrating to the US where he studied design and architecture. He worked with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1949, earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Cooper Union in New York (1950) and did graduate studies in design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Victor J Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts in Vienna seeks to advance the understanding of design from the perspective of social responsibility.

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If you plan to be in Paris in the next few months, the’Deboutonner la Mode’ exhibition at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs (10 Feb – 19 July) is well worth a visit. The collection of buttons is spectacular and the creativity and attention to detail of the designers inspiring.

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Charles Boutet de Monvel, Paris c 1900. Metal and pearl.

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Inquiries : contact@arte-case.com or 06 47 25 09 66

Dutko and PAD Paris

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Eric Schmitt and Benoit Lemercier are two contemporary designers creating supremely seductive and sculptural ArtDesign objects. With different methods and intentions both create works that evoke beautiful harmony. There work will be presented at PAD Paris by the exciting Jean-Jacques Dutko Gallery.Table Leaf HD

Eric Schmitt Leaf Console in Patinated bronze. An edition of 8. Signed ES.
Height: 29 in. Diameter: 52 in.
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Benoit Lemercier console in white lacquered steel, 2014 from the Superstring Series.
Height: 120 cm/47 1/4 in., Length: 150 cm/59 in. Depth: 60 cm/23 3/4 in.
Image courtesy of Galerie Jean-Jacques Dutko

As a decorative artist, Eric Schmitt  says, “there are parameters within which I must work. I start with the form – be it table, console, bowl, etc – and rework my drawings as I explore the form within the boundaries of proportion, equilibrium, material and function.  When the work speaks to me clearly and quietly, I have reached the final form. I feel very close to the manner of searching and exploration found in early Modernist decorative art masters such as Pierre Chareau, Jean-Michel Frank and Eugène Printz, whose love of materials and geometry found expression through timeless harmony.
I believe modernity can be found in the past, and the idea that certain forms transcend time – remaining provocative and inspiring – resonates deeply for me. I search for inspiration that speaks to this sensibility.”

While Lemercier says, “My role as an artist is not to comment on daily life, politics or society, but instead to be interested in the essence of universal things in order to glorify their harmony and understand their message.  He studies various theories of physics including superstring theory and that of hypercubes endeavoring to give “poetic” form to the “world that we cannot comprehend through our eyes.”

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Lemercier’s sculptures paintings and drawings will be on view at Dutko Ile Saint Louis – a très chic gallery – starting just a few days before PAD and we are looking forward to visiting to learn more about the artist’s artistic/scientific explorations.

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The Breathing Cloud, below right,  will be presented for the first time as a unique installation for the entrance of PAD Paris.

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Emmanuel Babled‘s Digit Chandelier

Below: ‘The breathing cloud’ is a computer generated pattern of 3 varying sizes of spherical lights densely clustered together. They are produced with hand blown Murano glass.  The original Digit light that inspired this installation is a reference to Pop Culture and randomness in contrast with the classical Muranese chandelier.

“The breathing motion of the light emitted from the handblown glass, is a heightened expression of movement, air, and change. The light is alternating density and openness, balance and extreme, light and reflection.” according to the PAD website. We can’t wait to experience this in person!

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Lastly we wanted to share an inspiring nowness.com video  of prolific writer/publisher Angelika Taschen speaking of interiors from her apartment in Berlin.
She says, “I only like authentic interiors … an apartment that has a soul and the person who lives in it is behind every single detail… I think that is very important for a good interior.” 

Her apartment was designed by British architect David Adjaye who will be mining the permanent collection at Cooper Hewitt for the 12th exhibition in the ongoing Selects series.

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Wishing you all a great weekend!

 

Pierre Gonalons

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The low table and the console from Pierre Gonalon’s  new Palais Collection, shown here to spectacular effect in the designer’s home. You can see the collection at Galerie Armel Soyer,  Paris.  www.armelsoyer.com

The use of polychrome French marble in these pieces references  the rich vocabulary of French 17th century classicism while the minimal lines of the work are resolutely contemporary. The striking red marble from Saint Pons was used extensively in the Chateau de Versailles and comes from the historic quarry in South West France dating back to Roman times. This juxtaposition of old and new is where the power of these pieces lies and the energy and vibrations inherent in the marble are used to astounding effect. Material and form share equal billing.

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 Low table in red marble from Saint Pons. L.120 x H.45 x P.60 cm. Limited edition of 8 + 2EA + 2P.
Image courtesy of Galerie Armel Soyer

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Console Palais in red marble from Saint Pons, France. L.46.80 x H.31.20 x D.11.70 in. Limited edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P.
Image courtesy of Galerie Armel Soyer 

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 Pedestal Table in Fleur de Pecher marble from Saint Pons. L. 15.60 x H.42.90 x D.15.60 in. Limited edition of 6 + 1AP. Image courtesy of Galerie Armel Soyer 
This pedestal table is a reinterpretation of seventeenth century marble headstones – the traditional grooves are transformed by Gonalons into perforations creating an effect of delicate transparency.

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In terms of aesthetics, man-made cement is on the other end of the scale to natural polychrome marble. It is compelling to see Gonalon’s use of this sturdy industrial material in this minimalist – to the point of severe – tabouret below and
its radically different effect. Again, form and material share the limelight.

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AC102 tabouret or guéridon in light cement by Gonalons

2c187054-be0a-4494-bb9b-a5d3499ad3e9 The austere beauty of the cement tabouret seen here in the Joseph Dirand designed interior of the Habita Hotel in the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico.

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The photography exhibition Paris Magnum is currently showing at the Hotel de Ville in Paris. We loved this iconic black and white image taken on the Eiffel Tower by Marc Riboud in 1953. And following on the theme of materials, the solid steel of the main girders in this photo contrasts dramatically with the more delicate criss-cross structure of the side arms thanks to advances in steel techniques at the time.  The evolution of building and design is deeply interwoven with the evolution of materials (and consequently techniques) and the advances and aesthetic connotations they bring with them. 

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Pierre Jeanneret and Ado Chale

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Pair of “Kangourou” low chairs designed by Pierre Jeanneret, circa 1951-1955, Solid sissoo (Indian rosewood) and braided cane (redone)

This is one of a pair of chairs that will be sold at Sotheby’s NY in March. We had a preview of them this week and the catalogue should be online this weekend.

This style was developed by Jeanneret when he was working on the development of Chandigarh, in India, the first planned city in India post-independence in 1947. Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret’s cousin, invited him to participate in this new  project. When Le Corbusier opted out halfway through, Jeanneret became the undertaking’s chief architect and urban designer. At the same time he created a furniture style to be used for the government offices and a number of private homes.~~

This style was developed by Jeanneret when he was working on the development of Chandigarh, in India, the first planned city in India post-independence in 1947. Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret’s cousin, invited him to participate in this new  project. When Le Corbusier opted out halfway through, Jeanneret became the undertaking’s chief architect and urban designer. At the same time he created a furniture style to be used for the government offices and a number of private homes.

Patrick Sequin Galerie has a wonderful online gallery showing many of these pieces.

Chairs in this style are regularly appearing in the chic interiors of top French interior architect Joseph Dirand. See a recent London apartment he completed here.

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Above: Jospeh Dirand Appartment, Paris Pierre Jeanneret canape and side chairs

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Above: Jospeh Dirand Appartment, Paris

 Jeanneret armchairs and custom-made lights by Eric Schmitt in the photo above. (Extra bit of info: We are big fans of Eric Schmitt and have written about him in the past. We recently learned that he will be opening a space in the Marais this spring. More on that to come!)

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Above: Jospeh Dirand Appartment, Paris Pierre Jeanneret armchairs and Ado Chale low table

The Ado Chale table in the center of this photo above subtly steals the show! We thought you might enjoy seeing the table below. It is also by Chale. It is two separate pieces that fit together. The legs are adjustable so that it can be a large low table or a dining table! This one below is available privately.

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Friday Finds! Alexandre Logé and the Reinterpretation of Design Elements

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Atlante X stool in black patinated bronze. Upholstered in ‘gold bronze’ material by Alexandre Logé
17.75 x 22 x 16.5 inches / 45 x 56 x 42 cm.

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This Atlante X Stool in patinated bronze is by Paris-based designer Alexandre Logé who cites Primitive Art as his primary influence for the bronze structure. ‘Atlante’ is the male equivalent of the ‘cariatide’ figure which is often represented in tribal art artefacts.  His choice of materials is significant and intentional. The beautiful woven cotton  fabric of the upholstery has the appearance of Galuchat or sharkskin leather but is obviously less fragile as seating upholstery.  As Logé says “this is perfect.  I love this mix….I mean we are dealing with ‘sharkskin’ and an ‘Oceanic Chieftain symbol’ (thats how I saw the Atlante structure) but concretely we have precious fabric, bronze,  smooth finish and black patina, all  ‘Art Deco codes’. Logé’s personal reinterpretation and bringing together of broad and seemingly disparate influences allows him to combine the familiar with the new, breaking down the mental pathways which the human mind is so expert at solidifying. 
He is clear about his own priorities in his work: “To me aesthetic appeal and creative expression are definitely the most important things….functionality in design is a constraint, this makes the difference between Art and Design. But it is a good challenge to work out what I can do with an idea I love…. and the compulsory height of a bench….” he says.
 
Some of these striking stools are in the Dior boutique in Place Vendome and in the Royal Palace in Morocco.
What drew us to this piece was the really beautiful shape of the structure.  We in fact saw the form of a gently pointed Gothic arch in the legs along with the Art Deco reference but having talked to the designer we discovered the Primitive Art influence. This opened up a whole new and exciting perspective for us. 
Isn’t it interesting what our own experiences and outlook bring to our personal reactions? 

American in Paris – Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright created the philosophy of organic architecture.
His idea of “organic architecture is a reinterpretation of nature’s principles as they had been filtered through the intelligent minds of men and women who could then build forms which are more natural than nature itself”, according to  Kimberly Elman, Ph.D., in her essay Frank Lloyd Wright and the Principles of Organic Architecture 

This suit of furniture designed by Wright in 1955 is important and rare as it was only between 1955-57 that he made furniture independently of a larger scale architectural projects.

Grey mahogany table with metal engraved border and six chairs
Heritage Henredon Workshop, USA, 1955

Table : H. 24 in., D. 54 in. / 1 extension : 13,75 in.
Chairs: H. 28 in., W. 20,5 in., D. 23,75 in.

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Detail of the table edging

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Detail of the leg carving

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Above: One of the six chairs; Below: detail of the leg carving

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“So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no ‘traditions’ essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present or future, but—instead—exalting the simple laws of common sense—or of super-sense if you prefer—determining form by way of the nature of materials…”
— Frank Lloyd Wright, An Organic Architecture, 1939

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