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Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift are phenomenally talented! 

Images 1-5: 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. 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?” 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.

Image 6: 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. 

Inquiries about any of these objects:

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Fabulous Lights by Max Ingrand

These hanging lights by Max Ingrand are high on our must-have list! You could truly build a room/collection around them. His approach to light design was inspired by a true love of his materials and a profound understanding of the life-giving force of light itself. For Ingrand , “noble and precious, glass seems to be the ideal complement to light which is itself connected to life”. 

These two lhighly covetable pairs of lights are in the upcoming Artcurial Design Sale in Paris on 19 May. Irrestible!

Image 1: A pair of metal and glass pendant lamps, circa 1960. Edition Fontana Arte. H90cm x W60cm. Lot 122. Estimate €12,000-14,000. 

Image 2: A pair of nickeled metal and sanded glass pendant lamps, circa 1955. Edition Fontana Arte. H100cm x W37cm x D37cm. Lot 123. Estimate €9,000-11,000.

Both these pairs of pendant lamps would look stunning in these interiors, adding grace and poetry. 

Images courtesy of Artcurial and Tumblr.

We come across some fabulous lights by Max Ingrand and can often locate specific models for you. Get in touch with us for inquiries at contact@arte-case.com or 06 22 37 44 72.

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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!

1. 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. 

2. Each tile is 20cm x 20cm (7.87in. x 7.87in.)

3. This 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.

4. and 5. 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.

6. Embroidered rubber cushion on clay base.

7. 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.

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We were stopped in our tracks when we saw these astonishing carafes by French designer Etienne Meneau. Just imagine what a statement one of these beautifully chic carafes would make on your table!

Image 1, 3 & 4: Carafe designed in Borosilicat glass. Height : 62cm. Content capacity : 75cl (one bottle). Limited edition ( 8 numbered and signed + 4 artist proofs)

Image 2: Carafe made of borosilicat glass. Limited edition (8 numbered and signed + 4 artists proofs)

Images 5 & 6: Carafe designed in borosilicat glass. Height 20cm. Content capacity: 16cl.  Limited edition (8 numbered and signed + 4 artists proofs).

For inquiries about any of these pieces:

contact@arte-case.com and +33 6 22 37 44 72.

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We were captivated by this gueridon-bobliothque “MB 960” by Pierre Chareau circa 1930 at Artcurial last week. It is one of the top lots in the upcoming Art Deco sale on March 28th.

This sumptuous solid mahogany table is supported by a metal pedestal with a rolling ball foot. This foot and the hinged arm attached to the bookshelf allows it to rotate out into the room or be tucked into the bookcase. His design process incorporated the functional elements into the overall concept and lifted up these otherwise mundane elements to a new level of intrigue.

Chareau also turned functional elements such as pipes and beams into decorative ones in his iconic  Maison de Verre (1928-1932) in Paris,( 31 Rue Saint Guillaume 75007). This is the first house built exclusively of steel and glass, and one of the first loft spaces!

Another version of his adaptable furniture is the expanding ‘fan-effect’ table. There are two examples of this work in the interior image above - just in front and to either side of the painting on the easel. 

His work while very luxurious and inline with the tenets of art deco also blurred the lines between the functional and decorative elements by treating them all with the same respect.

 

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Friday Finds!

Here are some beautiful pieces we have seen this week!

Image 1:The sensuous and organic form of this contemporary bronze lamp (‘Grande Lyre’) by Philippe Cuny drew us in. The glow from the bronze is gorgeous.

Image 2: This reclinable chair in rosewood by Eugene Printz is like poetry in motion! The curved arm rests are exquisite.

Image 3: One of a pair of sofas (model 485) by Edward Wormley. Edition Dunbar 1954. We love the simple design and clean lines.

Image 4: This gently curved and elegant sofa by Augusto Bozzi for Saporiti (1950s) is an example of great mid century design. Highly covetable! 

Image 5: This chic and beautiful desk (c 1935) in varnished wood with Hermes leather is by Paul Dupré-Lafon. The two rectangular compartments for storage on the desk top have sliding covers with ivory and brass handles. We can see it gracing an elegant sitting room or adding depth to a study.

Inquiries about any of these objects:
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Friday Finds!

Image 1: Upon visiting the breathtaking couture exhibition entitled ‘Les Années 50’ now on view at the Musée Galliera here in Paris, we found ourselves discussing how some of the themes and goals we saw in the clothes were being explored in furniture design as well. Like the fashion of this time the furniture designers were also focused on functionality, technical innovation and elegance.  Some of the fabric styles are quite similar to the furniture upholstery. There is also a sense of control felt in the many buttons of the jackets and the firm cushions forms of the furniture yet the swirling full skirts created by Dior in these years sent shockwaves through France and the bright colored upholstery covering radical new furniture forms created excitement and optimism. During the 1950s a more democratic system of licensing was put into place by some houses (such as Lanvin boutique) to make the lines more available to a public without access to the couture salons.  At the same time the first generation of French designers creating ultra-modern work that was meant to be mass produced. Enjoy the images below. And don’t hesitate to contact us when you are tempted by these gorgeous designs!

Image 2: In the 1950s, the shape of the seating corresponded to social and practical criteria of the time. The historical context adds enormously to the story of each piece. This sofa by Genevieve Dangles and Christian DeFrance is made of numerous chairs which put together make up a magnificent arched-shape sofa. The shape of the chair backs kept the sitter’s posture straight which was important since the women all still wore skirts (before the advent of Saint’s Laurent’s revolutionary pant suits for women). Photo Courtesy  Galerie Pascal Cusinier.

Image 3: This pair of fauteuils '44’  (1957) also by Dangles & Defrance was one of their most revolutionary designs at the time. The sense of forging ahead breaking new boundaries is palpable and exciting. We love the energy of the design of this period. Photo Courtesy Galerie Pascal Cusinier.

Image 4: Looking back at this interior from the 1950s the furniture, to our eye, looks formal and uniform in its arrangement.  But with a little imagination, you can take elements from this period and incorporate them into your home, crossing eras and styles and making your own original and personal statement. The pieces  that we have found this week are refined, elegant and with simple lines reflecting the optimistic but practical postwar outlook of a brave new world. They speak  to the forward-looking ideals of that time. Perhaps these ideals resonate with you? 

Image 5: Designed for Chandrigah in India in the 1950s by Jeanneret and Le Corbusier, the timelessly beautiful, and architecturally rigorous chairs by Jeanneret in this interior at La Banane Hotel in St Barts add a strong aesthetic statement to the space, giving us a glimpse of the artist’s cutting edge creative thinking in bridging Art Deco and Modernism.  Impossible to ignore without being domineering, the strong angular lines of the chairs contribute to the stylistic dialogue in the room creating a marvellous energy.  Just think what pieces like this could add to your home! 

Image 6: This wonderfully sculptural chair (1950s) in oak is one of a pair by Rene Gabriel. They  look good from every angle! A specialist in 'meubles de series’, Gabriel was Influential in the development of 20th century design in France and the 'Rene Gabriel award’ is to this day, highly prestigious for emerging designers. There is a feeling of freedom and you sense the sheer joy of designing in this piece. Just imagine the statement it would make in your home!

Image 7: This elegant 1950s table lamp in leather and brass is by Jacques Adnet. The base is covered in beautifully stitched leather interspersed with brass. It would impart a warm and elegant glow to any room.

Image 8: We were excited to find this chic and highly covetable late-1950s Leleu Deshays desk in rosewood and leather.  It would look equally stunning in a traditional book-lined study or in a more minimalist room. Magnifique!

Image 9: This restrained and beautiful early 1950s desk is Austrian. In stainless steel and black lacquer, we love the uniform line of the large number of simple drawer handles standing out against the richness of the smooth lacquer.

Image 10: This pair of wicker chairs by Abrahams & Rolls (end of the 1950s) are not only beautiful and technically brilliant but they are also really comfortable!

Inquiries about any of these objects:
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Pharrell Williams has curated the exhibition GIRL which opened this week at Emmanuel Perrotin’s new gallery space, Salle du Bal, a former ballroom at the Hotel du Grand Veneur. The show celebrates women and is challenging and uplifting. Try and make time to get over there. Its well worth seeing!

Image 1:  The stunning ‘Emerald Double Necklace’ by Jean-Michel Othoniel dominated the main gallery space at Perrotin.  The effect in the centre of the room is breathtaking. In the background you can just spy the happy portrait of Pharrell and Helen Williams by Takashi Murakami.

Images 2 & 3: We loved this fun 'Studio Loveseat’ (Pharrell) by Rob Pruitt, 2014, created with markers and pens on a canvas couch with chromed feet. Note the portrait of a hatted Pharrell in the centre! The two paintings of Marilyn Monroe (acrylic on Ikea ink jet canvas) are by Pruitt in collaboration with Pharrell Williams.

Image 4: This powerful ‘sculptural’ light is by an American designer whose work is now available in France.

Image 5: Several wonderful exhibitions opened during Design Days and continue for the next few weeks. This piece caught our eye. We were struck with the powerful dynamic created by its angular and challenging lines couched in peaceful blue. 

Image 6:  Inspired by ancient rock formations and strata, this exciting young designer used jesmonite for this beautiful low table with several different pigments to create swirling effects and flowing patterns. The series explores the theme of what we conceive to be fake or real. 

Image 7 & 8: This vase is part of the same series as the low table.

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Take a tour of PAD Paris with us the 27-30 MArch. We will explorethe work of Julian Mayor. Here is a taste!

Julian Mayor’s ‘Strata’ chair is the seductive result of technology’s interpretation  of how landscapes are transformed by wind and erosion.  "I’m interested in how a computer understands and reproduces a natural phenomenon, and the differences and similarities between a machine and a human perception of the world.“

Imagine them in the apartment with the Lichtenstein painting!!

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The Parallax Table has a carbon fiber surface.  Acknowledging the very high tech usage of this material for Formula One race cars and fighter planes, Mayor keeps this mysterious darker side in mind while exploring the craft aspects and fragility of this material. Mayor refers to the base of the table  as 'organic geometry’.

The table would add a contemporary edge, yet speak well to the objects in the classic interior above.

For inquiries about tours of the fair: contact@arte-case.com

Why is this masterfully crafted French18th century center table on our blog? Because it will be on view at Design Miami Basel starting June 10th!

This object is from the world renowned Steinitz Gallery on rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. The presence of the Steinitz stand is a wonderfully powerful and exciting indication that the conversation about design is expanding to include historical periods.  

Hercules Table (1770-1780) is comprised of a yellow sienna marble top above a carved draped animal pelt apron, on four naturalistic legs joined by twisted ‘rope’ supports. 

Having had the privilege of working as a junior specialist on the New York portion of Steinitz’s three city (NY, London and Paris) sale at Christie's in 2007, I’ve seen first hand some of the Steinitz treasures and sensed the passion involved in finding these treasures, revealing their stories and presenting them to enthusiasts.

Look closely even if antiques are not your thing and you have to admit this table is a breath-taking combination of creativity and talent!