Jean Prouvé - all design fanatics have heard this name. Come discover the context within which he was living and producing what is now widely recognized as the most  transformative and influential furniture of the early Modern Movement.  Artecase invites you to join us on a tour of Prouvé’s work at Downtown Gallery in October. The tour will include two other exciting galleries. See all the details here - Paris Design Experience.

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This elegant and unique canapé by Jean Royère (1902-1981) looks curiously modern even now, despite being designed in the 1950s. This speaks volumes about the enduring quality of really superb design pieces.

Royère was self-taught and started his design career relatively late in life (in his late 1920s). He travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East and created a body of design work which is original, playfully creative and technically brilliant. In this Canapé Ruban in metal and brass, the combination of the strongly graphic seating shape and the flamboyant circular pattern of the frame creates a harmonious and elegant whole.

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This glass bowl appears to be moving, writhing gently in a warm breeze. How can a stationary object evoke such an ‘experience’?  We learned in carnet de notes by Paolo Rinaldi, that Toots Zynsky’s work is in an exhibition at Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea, in Venice.  There is a magnificent striped version in the permanent collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs here in Paris which we blogged in November here

Vladimir Kagan’s work is among the most enduring of the modern designers. The New York Times describes him as « the creative grandfather of a whole new generation of designers ». Born in Germany in 1927 he moved to the States in 1938 and studied architecture at Columbia University before working in his father’s woodwork shop and learning the art of furniture-making on the job. He opened his first shop in 1949.

Kagan’s work, particularly in the 1960s and 70s makes a bold architectural statement and reflects his training in the field. His mid century design pieces are among his strongest and most recognizable. As Kagan himself has said, « Mid century was very original, very meaningful…There was a revolution in design coming out of the depression and war years….Mid century has alot to offer ». This low table in maple, acrylic and glass (circa 1970) is spectacular in its use of contrasting materials and strong linear definition. We love the harmony of the circle shape within the square maple frame and the bold use of acrylic as the base. What a wonderful statement piece this would be in any room.

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Daniella Ohad is a NY-based design historian who we met briefly at Design Miami last December. She graciously included us on a tour she was giving to some of her students that highlighted her favorite design pieces at the fair. She teaches a course each year on Collecting Design at the NY School of Interior Design.  This fall she has added a session about French design of the 60s and 70s, which will focus on collecting furniture by Gabriella Crespi, Maria Pergay, Pierre Paulin, and Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. We have written several posts on these furniture of all of these designers and encourage you to explore them (links below) and learn about their work.  And check out Daniella’s class!

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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. 

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“This chandelier was conceived as a rope of light crossing the ceiling, only bands of light and glass are visible. It is not an object. It is not a light fitting. It is the light itself that seems to live and circulate in the entrance space, as if stitched onto the building itself,” ML

“Les Cordes” chandelier by Mathieu Lehanneur for Château Borély

Isn’t it exciting to see something new that makes you think and examine things you otherwise take for granted!! 

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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.

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This ‘Irregular Bomb’ sofa (2009), part of a collection entitled ‘Tephra Formations’ by Paris-based designer Robert Stadler was honored with the Liliane Bettencourt award ‘Pour Intelligence de la main”. The collection is based on volcanic formations. The name ‘Tephra’ is derived from the Greek for ‘ash’, while ‘bomb’ is the term used for volcanic eruptions that emerge in a partially melted state. Edited by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, its monolithic form is entirely covered in studded leather which references the classic Chesterfield form and is the result of close collaboration between designer and artisan. The development of the ergonomic form combined with the exploration of production techniques is exciting and innovative and I love the way the form flows and melts while maintaining its solid volume. There is a lyrical element which draws me in.

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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.


Mattia Bonetti is a provocative Swiss-born designer based in Paris whose curvaceous wooden standing vases and lamps caught our attention in Les Puces last year and quickly found there way to the home of a Paris client!  We also featured Bonetti’s work here on our blog last spring when he was showing new work in NY. The first two photos above are from that incredible exhibition. 

He worked with Elizabeth Garouste for a period in the 1980s through the late 1990s creating works that explore the line between art and design, which is a theme finding it’s way into more and more designers work and consequently some important collections. This is evidenced by the sale of their work that was presented in the Sotheby's Paris sale of 20th Century Decorative art on November 26th. The above gold chevet (bedside table) sold for 47,100 Euros (Estimate 12,000-15,000 Euros)!  And this black console (Estimate 4,00-6,000 Euros), which could be a stunning counterpoint to more traditional objects, didn’t sell while the signed rug in the same image above sold within it’s estimate of 3,000- 5,000 Euros. There are still great opportunities here!

We are enchanted by the idea of living in an artistic interior that reflects our sensibilities in terms of the form of the objects. This work truly merges the world of art and functional design and opens the door to new experiences through design. 

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Andrea Branzi’s work was pointed out to us at FIAC recently as ‘design’ within the art fair. According to the gallerist, it is a statement on the whole human being and what that encompasses. On the left there are live birds representing organic nature and the wild and on the right is a vase with flowers and books on the top shelf representing domestication and control. We can’t exist completely on one side or the other but must acknowledge, share and embrace both sides to be complete. And more specifically in today’s world the artist encourages us to remember our animalistic nature!

Branzi is an Italian architect, industrial designer and professor of industrial design at the Politechnico di Milano University. He was one of the founders of Archizoom. In 2008 he installed his work Open Enclosures at the Foundation Cartier in Paris.

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Beautiful works of glass and ceramics have recently been catching our eye. These photos are of the work of Swedish designer Carina Seth Andersson. The grace and simplicity of her forms brings a delicate and modern interpretation to glass that makes them quiet centerpieces, jewels to enjoy. These works make us appreciate process and want to surround ourselves with those that are thoughtful.


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).

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Joaquim Tenreiro at James Gallery,  PAD Paris

Having emigrated from Portugal in his teens, Tenreiro became one of the pioneers of modern Brazilian design. Taking advantage of the wonderful indigenous Brazilian hardwoods available to him, he developed his own highly distinctive style. 

Image above:- Three-seater sofa, 1958. Jacaranda and woven cane. for info on tours.



This first image is the canape version of Marco Zanuso’s iconic ‘Lady Chair’ (1951). We were very excited to spot it last week for a great price and it is now being lovingly restored for a client. This ultra modern form covered in sumptuous silvery gray velvet creates a look that transcends any one period and adds depth to an interior.

The second image is the original Lady Chair. It was Zanuso’s answer to the charge he was given by Artflex - a division of Pirelli tires that was created in 1948 - to create furniture using foam rubber. The design was revolutionary because the foam rubber upholstery hid the frame completely. The result is an elegant and minimal form that is comfortable too!

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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.



“I wanted a lamp that seems to come from the mind of a man who has just woken up, that moment where the real and the unreal come together and adapt to one another.” Benjamin Graindorge

To live with an object that represents a moment of merging between what is real and what is a dream is such an inspiring idea. It is uplifting and hopeful.  I’m a big fan of drawings as they represent the transition of a thought becoming a thing and find this light brings forth the same type of excitement - but even more so because it is design!

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