Paris Design Week Unveils The Best Of Furniture And Interior Designs
While the biannual Maison&Objet fair in Paris was in full swing, other important shows were taking place across the city as part of Paris Design Weeklast September: AD Intérieurs and the Biennale des Antiquaires.
A highlight of Paris Design Week, the annual AD Intérieurs exhibition has become a not-to-be-missed event of the capital’s cultural calendar. Under the theme “The Collector’s World”, the seventh edition that took place from September 3 to 18, 2016 at the Paris Mint invited 10 exceptional design studios to conceive 10 temporary living spaces (living room, kitchen, bedroom, etc.) as showcases for artworks, precious objects and curios. The event welcomed 14 interior designers in total as some work as duos (some are architects, furniture designers or scenographers): Tristan Auer, Fabrice Ausset, Baciocchi Associati, Bismut & Bismut (Daniel and Michel Bismut), Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, Raphael Navot, Oitoemponto (Jacques Bec and Artur Miranda), Ora ïto, Daniel Suduca and Thierry Mérillou, and Gert Voorjans. Basing their designs on sets of objects that held special meaning for them, they created unique décors in which people live surrounded by their personal treasures together with the help of talented artisans like painters, upholsterers and fresco artists.
Of particular interest was French designer Ora ïto’s “Turn Around” installation. Having created numerous products for established brands such as Artemide, Cappellini, Zanotta, Guerlain and Tai Ping, he partnered with veteran artist Daniel Buren on the room’s white and black marble flooring, produced here in the master of French conceptual art’s trademark contrasting colored stripes.
Through ingeniously-placed reflecting mirrors that trick the eye into seeing new spatial qualities, he multiplied the size of the 20-sqm exhibition area that popped with vivid touches of color thanks to a series of enameled ceramics by Georges Jouve, while introducing strong graphic lines and geometric rigor via the Scavolini shelving system in tones of blue, gray and white, Cassina Ico chairs and Christofle Arborescence candelabra (all of his own design).
French architect and designer Fabrice Ausset presented the “Studiolo” (a poetic Italian term evoking a place for meditating and collecting) installation. Drawing inspiration from various time periods, cultures and art forms, he expresses his creativity through different types of projects, whether he’s working on a château renovation, luxury apartments, hotels, restaurants, concept stores or exhibition scenography. For AD Intérieurs, he fashioned a warm, elegant and cozy cocoon mixing stone, metal and wood that protects a collection of contemporary artworks he holds dear, placing them in niches surrounded by a forest of patinated brass tubes under a highly-technical, structural and decorative dome made from copper, brass, aluminum, cotton, wool and lurex hand-woven by Nepalese artisans.
Inside this salon blending colorful harmony, sculptural design and organic and raw materials, we find a futuristic, faceted fireplace in aluminum sheet metal covered in a stainless steel veil, an angular, luminous sofa and armchair upholstered in a weave combining metallic and tinted wool yarns, beech wall panels that play with geometry and relief, and a textured carpet in pashmina, linen, hemp, cotton and jute, which rub shoulders with pieces of art like Octo Table I in enameled ceramic by Johan Creten, Nautilus Penta in laser-cut stainless steel by Wim Delvoye and Roizeau 3 in bird feathers and bamboo by Gabriel Orozco.
Over on the Right Bank, the 28th edition of the Biennale des Antiquaires art and antiques fair got underway at the Grand Palais from September 10 to 18. Spanning archeology, primitive art, Old Master paintings, 20th-century furniture, high jewelry and modern art, it brought together 125 international exhibitors displaying close to 5,000 years of art history in 8,000 sqm of floor space.
A highlight was Galerie François Léage, specialists in museum-quality 18th-century French decorative arts, participating for the 20th time at the Biennale. Founded in 1971 by François Léage, it is today run by his son Guillaume. Amidst a sumptuous setting of both antique and contemporary carved wood panels, a curved Régence chest of drawers in amaranth and satinwood veneer, attributed to master cabinetmaker Jacques-Philippe Carel who supplied the French royal court, took pride of place.
Other important pieces were a pair of carved gilt wood armchairs from the Louis XV/Louis XVI transition period by Claude-Étienne Michard marked “Château de Nointel”, which was once the property of the wealthy financier Pierre-François Bergeret.