Themes and Thoughts about Collecting Design

What are some of the characteristics that make a great collector? Access – cultural and monetary, sustained interest, superior ‘taste’, patronage, and desire for self expression through objects are few that come to mind. As design has been formalized into … Continue reading

Preview of Chinese Contemporary Design in Paris

We can’t help but peak ahead a bit even as we’re enjoying these wonderful summer days! There are some great shows and sales coming to Paris this fall and one that looks exciting is the Piasa sale of Contemporary Chinese … Continue reading

Joris Laarman Lab

  “The red line that runs through all of my work [is that] everything I do has to have a functional reason for why it looks the way it does,” says Joris Laarmen. Combining functionalism, which is often associated with … Continue reading

France’s unique and thrilling Hôtel Drouot

Drouot has always held an allure for collectors, amateurs and tourists alike and we also know it can also feel rather daunting. This week we explain what exactly ‘Hôtel’ Drouot is and how this operation works. Next time you’ll be ready! … Continue reading

Furniture restoration – our Q & A with Philippe Bayol of Arz Men, ebenistes and restorers

The ‘After’ image! An American desk in elm, 1990s. Revarnished and tinted with vegetable based tint The ‘before’ image! This week we spoke with Philippe Bayol of Arz Men Ebenistes and Restorers about the most frequent projects he works on … Continue reading

Poetry in Motion – The ‘Sculptures Lumineuses’ of Bastien Carré

‘Celeste’,  2013 ~~~~ We’re very excited this week to show you the enchanting ‘sculptures lumineuses’ of artist, Bastien Carré from Aveyron in South West France. We have seen one installed in an appartment in Paris and it looked both delicate … Continue reading

Interview with NY art advisor Natasha Schlesinger

“The journey of art collecting itself gives the kind of satisfaction and pleasure in life that is hard to find elsewhere.” – Natasha Schlesinger Founder of ArtmuseNY. As an educator and advisor of art in NYC, Natasha Schlesinger shares her enthusiasm … Continue reading

Beatrice Serre – Celestial Crystal Mosaics

Detail of a table top of primarily pyrite and travertine. Beatrice Serre is a Parisian artist who graduated from the National School of Applied Arts and Craft with a concentration in Architectural Decoration (fresco, lacquer, mosaic).  She has been developing her … Continue reading