Friday Finds! StudioDrift’s Ghost Chairs

Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift are phenomenally talented! Looking back at their amazing Ghost Chair Collection (2007/2008) of futuristic plexiglass chairs created with laser technology, we were struck again by the originality of their vision. 

tumblr_naaioiDLKk1rpfe9vo1_r1_500 Created using acrylic and air, Gordijn and Nauta have said the idea for the collection “is based on a classical philosophical question: do objects, just like people, possess an inner complexity that is hidden underneath a plain surface?”

ghost-chair-2 Under a certain light the viewer sees hundreds of microscopic bubbles which were created using a unique 3D-technique to form drawings beneath the surface within the translucent acrylic of the chair frame. 


The effect is astonishingly powerful.


Their light sculpture (which we first saw at Design Miami), Fragile Future III is made up of three-dimensional bronze electrical circuits connected to LED lights onto which real dandelions seeds are attached. The effect is dazzling with the ethereal shape of the dandelion seeds creating diffused points of lights on the grid-like structure.



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Happy 15 Août!

Happy 15 Août!
We are enjoying this last big weekend of the summer here in France and looking forward to working from our new headquarters starting in September. 
Here is a peak of our new view!
We’ll be back next week with lots of great Friday finds! 
x Susan and Elizabeth


Patrick Jouin

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This stool by Patrick Jouin is entirely 3D printed (aka stereolithography), using a process called laser sintering. This means it’s all self contained, one piece, no assembly required. It is printed (including hinges) in ‘one shot’! 3D printing enables the realization of designs such as this one that would be otherwise quite impossible to make using traditional skills.  Up until the point of this collection 3D printing had only been used for prototypes and small objects. This collection marks a pivotal moment in design.
This piece is in the permanent collections of MoMA, NY  
and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, NY.  

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Click on the image above to link to a little video showing the stool being opened and closed.

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Image courtesy of Thomas Duval and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspired by flower blossoms and the One_Shot.MGX stool this lamp continues Jouin’s exploration of the possibilities of 3d printing. This piece is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY. 


C2 chair from the Solid Collection, 2006

Click on the image above to link to the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt catalogue entry for this design, which in now in their permanent collection. The chair has also been sought after in the auction markets. Here is a link to a very well sold C2 chair at Phillips a while back.  (This chair is also in the permanent collection at MoMA.) This chair was made in a limited edition of 30.


French designer Patrick Jouin worked for Philippe Starck before setting up his own shop in 1999. Soon after setting up shop he met and collaborated with  Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse for the interior architecture of his restaurants Plaza Athenée in Paris, The Dorcester in London and Mix in Las Vegas, which is pictured above. Since then he has continually proven himself to be a very important contemporary designer on the international stage whose problem solving skills traverse the wide spectrum of design.  More recent projects include the design of the Velib terminals in Paris and interiors for the Abbey in the Loire Valley, which just opened this spring.

Friday Finds!

Konstantin Grcic is a designer we keep being drawn back to… We’ve blogged about him several times. These chairs are part of the  Traffic seating Collection for Italian design brand  Magis. They are inspired by iconic forms and obtain beautiful harmony between industrial and  refined artistic sensibilities. 


Here Grcic revisits the famous chaise longue B306 by Le Corbusier,  Jeanneret and Perriand.  “The correlation between the three-dimensional line drawing of the metal rod and the geometric lines of the cushions marks a significant shift from the common connotation of wire furniture” says Grcic.

tumblr_n2qjoszrAz1rpfe9vo2_500This spectacular armchair was inspired by the Wassily chair, designed in 1925 by Marcel Breuer. 

bf405dd9-a42f-440c-b9d6-f121aef2f08aKonstantin Grcic – Panorama is an exhibition currently on view at Vitra Design Museum. It explores his career and work as well as his vision of interiors of the future. This retrospective exhibition narrates the role of design in our times, looking both at the past and the future. Click on the exhibition name to see all the details and more photos.

2eaeb7ab-5a74-43c9-80aa-dde6332a0761a6c2918a-7cfd-4ab3-9f44-dff1e6c41cb2The exhibition DEFINI FINI INFINI  (click on name for exhibition link) has opened at the Mamo in Marseilles. It is the result of the meeting of the artists Ora Ito and Daniel Buren and consists of 7 monumental works on the roof terrace  which play with dimensions, perspective, light and the environment. Buren’s black and white columns (1985-86) in Palais Royale in Paris are spectacular and a familiar and much-loved sight to Parisians. 

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Spotted this week…..

photo 4photo 5photo 2We wanted to share with you this stunning table by Hans Wegner we spotted this week. Dating from circa 1953, it was produced in oak and brass by Andr. Tuck. We love the smooth and lyrical lines of the base.

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Friday Finds – Contemporary Chinese Design

The dialogue between the past and the present continues to resonate deeply within us and we are excited to share with you the new Shanghai- based luxury lifestyle brand, Shang-Xia (Mandarin for “up down”).

They have collaborated with Christie’s auction house around the globe this summer (first stop was Paris,  followed by New York and San Francisco) to 
present their debut collection of very limited edition furniture, jewelry and and tea sets.  The works wholly embrace the traditional heritage of Chinese craftsmanship while expressing a very clean modern aesthetic. 


This series of Da Tian Di  (Big Sky and Earth) Chairs is an artful embodiment of the concept of Heaven and Earth – straight angles framing a curve. 

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Da Tian Di Chair  handcrafted in solid wood with red lacquer in the tradition of Ming furniture.


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Da Tian Di Chair  in Zitan, which is a very special dense tropical red sandalwood used in traditional Chinese furniture


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 This exquisite porcelain tea cup, ‘Lotus Pure’ (2014), is a unique piece. Made of paper-thin egg porcelain, it is breathtakingly delicate and elegant. The balance of simplicity of form and bold colors is perfect.


photo 5-3Our guide, Thomas, at the exhibition was exceedingly enthusiastic and knowledgable. He really excited us about the elegance and grace of the designs and ceremony of these objects.


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This tea set was presented on the landing of the main staircase at Christie’s with the view behind it into a research room. The size and weight and feel of these objects creates a sublime experience – and we didn’t even have any tea!

Note: We found out later that this brand was launched by Hermès in 2008. Also interesting to know, is that this is the first time Christie’s has collaborated with a retail brand. Sales details are here.

Inquiries about any of these objects: or 06 47 25 09 66

Sara Ouhaddou – one to watch!

Sara Ouhaddou is definitely someone to keep an eye on!   This young French Moroccan designer reinterprets the unique traditional techniques of Moroccan craftsmen and applies it to her contemporary designs. Her inspired debut collection of  tabourets, embroidered cushions and mosaic tiles is breathtaking!


Her hand-crafted ceramic tile collection is influenced by the delicate  mosaic tradition of Fez with its Spanish/Arabic roots. Each tile, of which there are five different patterns, is hand sculpted and unique as a result of the firing technique which creates a subtle difference between each one. We love her attention and commitment to handcrafted detail as well as the dynamic tension evoked through her bold use of space and depth. 


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The above image shows the complete series of six tabourets in the collection. The first and last in the series have embroidered cushions on clay bases. The second and fourth are metallic and red lacquered ceramic. The third and fifth tabourets incorporated beautifully embroidered recycled rubber.


Sara’s original use of recycled rubber tires, a material and ‘fabric’ in the creation of her beautiful tabourets and embroidered cushions reflects her deep commitment to ecological issues.

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This photo is just so beautiful we wanted to share it with you to emphasize the culture, stories and historical threads Sara has ‘woven’ together to create such a strongly rooted yet completely contemporary design collection.


Luigi Caccia Dominioni

Italian designer Luigi Caccia Dominioni turns 100!

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Born in 1913, Luigi Caccia Dominioni is an architect and designer who is still designing today at 100 years of age. A graduate of Polytechnic, he has worked with Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and his silverware design for Alessi is in the permanent collection at MoMA.
Here we highlight some of his own architecturally inspired designs.  His work is managed by his family in Italy who continue to produce it for private orders. 
LS10 Grappolo pendant light 1965The Grappolo pendant light was designed in 1965. It is available with three or four Murano glass globes in transparent or frosted glass. 

The Ventola lamp was designed in 1991.  A very thin brass cylinder is shaped around the base so the lamp can provide direct or diffused light. The cylinder is also available in a taller version, which projects the light higher into the room. They are lovely placed on steps. There is a smaller version as well that is very chic on bookshelves.

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His Catalina Chair, designed in 1958, shows a Japanese influence in its minimalist form. Its grace and simplicity transcends style and looks incredibly contemporary today. There are two versions as shown here. The lower model on the right pairs very well with a canapé enabling all the guests to be seated at the same level. The seat is dark blue but the color can be customized at the request of the customer.  The seat cushion can also be made according to the clients wishes as well.

Inquiries about any of these objects: or 06 47 25 09 66

Explore Collectible Design with Artecase!

12 September 2014 10:45am -7pm
Artecase presents a unique event in Paris exploring Collectible Design in two parts : We will visit established 20th century collectible design galleries at the Biennale in the morning and explore the contemporary design market in the afternoon.

Come and join us for this exciting event!


10:45am – Artecase Introduction and History of the Biennale at the Grand Palais

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 11am Private Tour of the 27th Biennale des Antiquaires in the Grand Palais

 This year’s edition of the Paris Biennale, under the creative direction of the highly acclaimed interior designer and architect Jacques Garcia,  boasts an array of prestigious international galleries exhibiting fine and decorative art, antiques, jewellery and collectible design. Led by renowned Art Deco specialist and member of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires Rozen Le Nagard, guests will be introduced to several of the available 20th century and contemporary dealers and discuss the objects on view.

Walk down the Champs Elysées and through the Jardin des Tuileries 

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In honor of the 125th anniversary of Lanvin together with the day’s theme of  collectible design, Susan and Elizabeth will present the apartments of Jeanne Lanvin in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs as an example of personal style expressed through contemporary design. We will discuss several factors that contribute to an object obtaining value beyond it’s function and materials


1.15pm – Lunch and Collectible Design Market Discussion
A light lunch with wine and coffee will be served at the museums’ chic restaurant Le Saut du Loup. 
Artecase will discuss the performance of the various sectors of the design market and what makes a piece ‘collectible’.

Walk through the Cour de Louvre and across the Pont des Arts (20mins)

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2.45 – Visit to Kreo Gallery in Saint Germain des Pres.

Self described as ‘a design laboratory’ with an emphasis on research and production of their designers’ work, Kreo is the first contemporary design gallery in Paris, collaborating with Bouroullac brothers, Marc Newson, Martin Szekely and Konstantin Grcic among others to present limited edition works. We will visit the current exhibition. 


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3.15pm- A visit to Galerie Maria Wettergren in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

 Gallery owner, Maria Wettergren, world-renowned specialist, and recipient of the prestigious Finn Juhl Architecture Prize for 2014, will discuss the contemporary Scandinavian design scene and the innovative artists she exhibits. Works from her gallery have been acquired as part of the permanent collections in MOMA, New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Walk through Saint-Germain-des-Prés (15 mins)

4.15pm – Private atelier-gallery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Known for her eclectic bohemian style, the Parisian antiques dealer and decorator will share with us her current offerings of unique 20th century collectible design. Florence AnchorLopez’s most recent projects include the Paris apartment of Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal and private apartments in New York City and Saint Tropez.

5pm Private transport to Lanvin flagship store on rue Faubourg Saint Honoré 

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5.15pm – Lanvin VIP reception at flagship store on Rue Faubourg Saint Honoré
Lanvin, the oldest couture house in Paris is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. During this visit to the spectacular flagship store, clients will view Jeanne Lanvin’s original private office followed by an exclusive champagne reception in the VIP area and a private viewing of the current Lanvin couture collection.

For all inquiries: or +33 6 22 37 44 72.


Friday Finds!

Chairs and tables! Tables and Chairs!
Starting on Monday there are several smaller sales in Paris with fantastic opportunities to to find collectible items. See something you like? Contact us!

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This lounge chair was designed by French architect/designer Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) in about 1953. It’s recovered in a fabulous cow hide. His work is recognized by top NY galleries and in important collections.  Imagine it on an Aspen ranch or in a Tribeca loft!

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Finnish designer Alvar Aalto’s (1898-1976) iconic laminated bentwood Paimio Chair is a revolution in organic form and sculptural expression of function. His work influenced Charles and Raye Eames. This is a great piece to for a beginner collector! It’s in the collection of MoMA - need we say more!

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Danish architect and designer Philip Arctander‘s  (1916-1994) “Clam” Fauteuil ( 1944)  in birchwood and upholstered in sheep wool with leather tufted buttons is a design we have seen several times this year. It was shown at PAD Paris in March and sold at Artcurial in May for just under 8,000 Euros. This one has an estimate of 10-15,000 Euros. Will be interesting to see how it sells!

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French designer Pierre Paulin (1927 – 2009) is another very important designer  whose streamlined and sculptural designs pushed the boundaries in the 1960s and 70s. He was interested in the Modernist movement and the work of the famous Eames. His work is in the permeant collections of MoMA in New York, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. His most famous commission was perhaps the dining tables and chairs for the Palais de L’Elysee in Paris in the early 1970s. His work clearly has a very established place in the evolution of Modern design. 

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Fontana Arte produced this gorgeous table in around 1965. Just on the heals of  the ten year period when famous master glass worker Max Ingrand (whose work we highlight from time to time in Friday Finds! and who was a recipient of the French Legion of Honour.) was the Creative Director. 
The more we look at this one the more we consider buying it for ourselves!
Fontana Arte was founded by Gio Ponti (together with Pietro Chiesa) in 1932. 

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Exciting Italian architect and designer Angelo Mangiarotti (1921-2012) created sculptural design from noble material such as marble. His work is in many important design books and it represent by the very well know galerie Kreo in Paris. This pair of guéridons are from his series called “Eros”. 

Friday Finds!

Paris is glorious under the sunny blue skies of June. It’s a big week for Design with Design/Miami Basel going on (visit us on Twitter (#artecase) for updates) and here in Paris we took the opportunity to visit one of our most admired editors and below are a few of our favorite items from the visit.

Hope you enjoy!

This summer our posts will be a bit different each week as we are traveling quite a bit and will share with you what we find! While in Paris we will explore the newly reopened  17th and 18th century rooms in the Louvre. We’d love to hear from you along the way so please leave your comments!

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Majd Bazerji Table Chaise Gothique Galerie Patrick Fourtin (
Majd Bazerji Table Chaise Gothique Galerie Patrick Fourtin
Majd Bazerji Table Chaise Gothique Galerie Patrick Fourt (2)This spectacular ‘London Punk’ chair (2012)  by Majd Bazerji is a limited edition of two (numbered 2/2 and signed). It is in gunmetal steel and yellow saddle leather. H50cm x W31cm . Both open and closed the form of the chair is very powerful in its simplicity. Magnificent!


Nathanael Le Berre sculpture Infinie Galerie Patrick Fourtin

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The fluid and poetic forms of this ‘Infini’ sculptural light (2013) by Nathaneal Le Berre in bronze and brass are astonishing. The light source comes from deep within the mysterious folds of the material and creates a wonderful glow. We found it a very moving piece.

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The TACCIA was designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1958 and edited by  FLOS in 1962. Achille Castiglione was one of the favorite tutors at Milan Polytechnic in the 1980s when Paola Antonelli, design curator of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, was an architecture student This lamp provides light by reflecting off its spun aluminum white to project it forwards in a gentle arc. It is placed on a sublime
Commode Colette ca. 1922 by Jacques Emile Ruhlmann with its exquisite lines and perfect symmetry. The mirror above by Philippe Borderieux (2014) stopped us in our tracks. It is a dynamic and unique piece in enamel, flowing with energy and brilliance.


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