Friday Finds! 19 Sept 2014

Are you looking for a light or pair of chairs by a specific designer or from a certain period? Have you been dreaming of owning a …?
You fill in the blank and Artecase will help you find it! 

The design events of the last couple weeks have been truly inspiring. We are still going through all of our photos!
Here are a few ideas and objects that caught our eye!


Charlotte Perriod Nuage biblioteque circa 1955, a beautiful Mid-century piece that was  on view during Design Week.

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The Duna lounge chair was one of the pieces we saw last week at  an evening talk on how the Design market is infiltrating the Art market. It is composed of 60 separate pieces freijo, a Brazilian wood, which together create a chair form evocative of sand dunes.

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Beautiful Lalique display of vases and wall appliqués during Paris Design Week

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This cluster of lights presented at Maison et Objet this month is quite beautiful and look to be inspired by old Parisian holophane street lights, which are in the photo below. We can source the originals for you! 


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This commode is designed by Caroline Sarkozy, one of our favorite Parisian interior designers. If you have a chance do go visit the Décors à Vivre: Les Arts Décoratifs accueillent AD Intériors 2014, which is on view until the end of November.



We spotted this pair of Elisabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti chairs called “The Night and the Day”, Circa 1990 behind glass this week. We know a few of you had inquired about the one on our blog that was offered by Artcurial several months ago. The chair was withdrawn from the sale.
Here is a pair available for you!

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Here is a snap from a talk we gave at Parsons Paris last Tuesday on collectible design. 

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

Special Friday Finds!

Today is an especially glorious day to be exploring collectible design in Paris! We are grateful to share the day with several design enthusiasts on our visits to the Biennale des Antiquaires, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, several galleries and finally the private atelier of Jeanne Lanvin. 

Here are a few photos from some of our stops.  Enjoy!BxAVt_kCEAIUhx0

Wendell Castle sculpture at Carpenters Workshop Gallery at the Biennale des Antiquaires


Eileen Gray’s Table aux Chairs also at the Biennale des Antiquaires

 Architectural Digest sponsored Interiors designer showcase at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. This year each interior designer received an object from the museums permanent collection and an object from a Paris-based gallery to feature in their interiors.

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Chahan Minassian luxurious and grand yet intimate interior featuring a desk by César from the 1960s and a collection of swords, as well as inviting bench seats in warm colours.


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Luis Laplace has a story to tell: the story of Porfirio Rubirosa, a mid-20th-century Latin playboy who loved luxury as much as women. Laplace translates this plotline into an antechamber for a Latin lover, a colorful yet structured space centering around a finely-crafted desk by Clément Mère from the 1920s.


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Tristan Auer has dreamed up a dressing room fit for a modern dandy. At its center, a 1970s neon ceiling lamp, Monumental by Michel Boyer, illuminates the four facets of a socialite’s life — fittings for work, leisure moments, evenings and accessories.


Jean Lanvin’s “table aux oiseau” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs


Jeanne Lanvin’s private atelier on rue Faubourg Saint Honoré

It’s been a wonderful day. Thanks to all who participated!
x Elizabeth and Susan

Friday Finds!

We have some truly wonderful objects to present to you today!

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This unique 1940s Venini chandelier is from a private home in Paris and it is truly exceptional. Restrained and elegant in expression and proportion … block out the ceiling and other lights in the background of this photo and imagine it in a light and airy entryway or modern dining room. 

It is in pristine condition.  80 cm high and 85 cm wide.
The price is right.  Contact us for more photos.

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Italian 1960s bronze table base. We love the sweeping lines and the perching parrots! We can source a vintage glass top or have a new top made for you. 

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Not our typical ‘find’ but this beautiful pair of 19th century Chinese cache pots on bronze bases enchanted us. It’s rare to find a pair like this in perfect (age appropriate) condition. Just fill with water and add goldfish!

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This floor lamp (‘Les Yeux sans Visage’) in chrome-plated and black lacquered steel and polished aluminum is a true statement piece and we love the shadow created on the wall behind.

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 These ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ lights (1978) in polished cast aluminium and chrome-plated steel are iconic pieces. Limited edition of 30 + 2 artists proofs.

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 This stunning light (1972) in bronze, also by Lebovici is a unique piece. The light head pivots from the base allowing light to be focused directionally.

contact@arte-case for inquires on any of these objects

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Friday Finds!

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Pair of appliqués – ARLUS. Late 1950s. Influenced by Mategot with perforated surface. Good condition.  €2200 the pair.

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Italian brass and amethyst lamp, 1970s. €1200.

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Spanish lamp in stainless steel. Editor is FASE. 1960s space age design.  Rotates on its base and the head pivots so light can be focused. €600.

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Two Murano glass vases sold as a pair – €400. 1970s. Hand crafted – one is very translucent.


1970s Murano glass wall light covers, €1200.

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


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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. 

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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.

Inquiries about any of these objects: or 06 22 37 44 72

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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.