CURATED BY FRANÇOIS LEBLANC DI CICILIA
For many, French design continues to call back to its glorious heritage of decoration – however, that would deny the potential of the out-of-the-box thinking that Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Paulin, or the Bouroullec brothers show. A strong link to studies of social behaviors, deep respect for artisans’ know-how, and a diversity of influences are the best path to define the scene today.
What about creating new classics for the future? Referring to previous decorative traditions, “Classic Nowness” aims to show the diversity of the creative landscape in France today. All of these creations truly inhabit the space in which they are present. This is a real key in the discussion of French contemporary design – although clearly original and new, it creates strong links with the environment, respectfully, enhancing it by opening new lines of vocabulary.
The collection we have gathered here shows an unconditional love for materials, sometimes twisting the tradition; shapes and images follow almost at the opposite of a decorative journey to focus on design.
BIGTIME STUDIO /
“Curtains” is a series of shadows, light, and colour effects printed on large pieces of PVC. It comes from a research process based on the analysis of how light and shadows are projected on objects. It tells a story about presence and absence, emptiness, and fullness. The projected shadows give the feeling of a real light, whereas it is actually the absence of ink that produces this visual trompe l’oeil.
This piece can be used as a separation curtain or for pure decoration, hanging in a room or on a wall.
€ 1300 ex. VAT
|Full dimensions (cm)||400x5x300|
DAN YEFFET /
Decorative table light carefully crafted out of marble and brass housing a dimable LED light. Created as part of a small edition by Dan Yeffet Design Studio.
Exists in white or black and, on request, can be considered with another type of stone.
€ 2500 ex. VAT
GWENDOLINE PORTE /
RAIL 750 BY MARC-ANTOINE GOULARD
RAILS designer Gwendoline Porte has collaborated with renowned French artist Marc-Antoine Goulard to create a one-off piece to benefit the charity Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y), a non- profit organisation which provides professional and social integration to excluded young adults through entrepreneurship.
Porte and Goulard’s uniquely crafted structure, available at Clerkenwell Design Week along with the rest of the limited-edition RAILS range, was conceived out of a desire to extend the concept of better living outside of the design community and into the world-at-large. The pair’s chosen charity, with its quest for social and professional integration, resonated strongly with their own ideas about how ergonomic design and thought-provoking art has the power to change lives for the better.
‘The finish of this piece aims to reflect the varied and sometime turbulent journey of life,’ says Goulard, who has layered the sculpture with vivid colour to bring depth, light and intensity to it. This multi-layering creates an imperfect finish, incorporating marks and scars, reflecting the resilience of those young adults currently living in poverty and exclusion. But the vividness of the sculpture also suggests a sense of hope and second chances. ‘We both believe that good design and education will help us to live in a better world,’ adds Porte.
€ 5000 ex. VAT
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“All influences show a great sense of freedom in this collection. Art is everywhere, as an approach or as references, and that would speak against this French heritage that loves to set up strict limitations for all fields. This collection of French design is free and joyful.”
– François Leblanc Di Cicilia, curator of the French collection, “Classic Nowness”
MAXIME BELLAUNAY /
A FLANC DE FALAISE
The lamps in the “A FLANC DE FALAISE” series draw their graphic language from the quarries from which they were extracted, combining geometric precision and the free expression of the material itself.
The light comes out of a crack crossing the block and freely orients itself by rotating the stone. The external treatment of the brass echoes the fragmented aspect of the stone.
Each piece is unique, due to its manufacturing process. The pieces are nevertheless reproducible, but will always be unique as the stone always breaks in a different way.
€ 880 ex. VAT
SOPHIA TAILLET /
This object was imagined during a glass-making residency in France. Inspired by the flexibility and transparency of glass, the Curve Table seeks to reveal the essence of this material. A material whose visual sensations are very close to water, through its reflection, its transparency, and this sensation of visual movement.
It uses glass thermoforming techniques which consist of bending a glass plate at high temperature. The harmony between the curved thermoformed glass legs and the surface creates a feeling of visual lightness. Glass thus allows the creation of an object that is both organic in its forms and minimalist in its composition and visual unity.
€ 4800 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION: 5
|Full dimensions (cm)||98x98x28|
STUDIO BRICHET-ZIEGLER /
From a simple construction, we sought to design a seat with refined, but strong, lines. This low chair offers a comfortable and very sculptural seat.
Composed of two rolled, lacquered aluminium sheet shells, the void body is covered by the seat and backrest. Both are upholstered with a soft quilted leather. Despite the simplicity of the structure, the generous shapes create a bold and evocative design. Our inspiration comes from motor vehicles and metal bodywork techniques.
The Pilota lounge chair is available in two finishes: chocolate leather with a glossy, lacquered aqua green base or dark green leather with a polished, aluminium base.
€ 7000 ex. VAT