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Jean Nouvel's furniture as architectures

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Jean Nouvel's furniture as architectures

Molteni & C edition

"Jean Nouvel, my architect's furniture.Sense and essence", title exhibition devoted to nearly thirty years of movable creation granted to his reflection on space and living. In a luminous scenography, there is a dialogue with the Museum of Decorative Arts and its collections.

On the occasion of the exhibition devoted to the creation of Jean Nouvel at the Museum of Decorative Arts, discover the process of reflection around the work of the designer as well as an overview of its key achievements.

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What is an architect's furniture? In line with the major architectural figures, from Mies van der Rohe to Le Corbusier via Jean Prouvé, Jean Nouvel has been designing furniture for decades, some in harmony with his constructions: the Institut du monde arabe , the advertising agency CLM BBDO, the headquarters of the Richemont Group in Switzerland, others as modular structures drawing space, playing with shadow and light, voids. "I am not a designer but an architect who does design"he refutes the furniture"talkative", too conceptual and advocates the elementary, the functional, as with" Less ", technical feat of Molteni-Unifor in 1994 for the Cartier Foundation,"a table without thickness. Made of metal, the thickness exists but is concealed in the center, with a profiled section".

Table "1 = 2", table trundle, 1999, edition Zeritalia. Cassina Reissue, 2013

Cassina

Headquarters "Saint James", 1990, reissued in 2011, Ligne Roset

Ligne Roset

"146 Million Years" Marble Rug, One Piece, 2016, Citco Edition

Citco Edition

Furniture for a new understanding of space or a freer use, the object reduced to its elementary form, but transformable, reversible, modular. We discover, during the exhibition, the "Elemental" armchair, the "Cases" desk system for Molteni-Unifor, the "Li-Da" turntable for Roche Bobois ... in the rooms dedicated to the collections of graphic design, which he signed the development in 1988 with already this minimalist vocabulary. He continues to stage his creations in the periods he loves, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the seventeenth and eighteenth, with the successful desire to make a dialogue between history and the contemporary. The infinite sensation of "Table Kilometer" (2011) echoes the altarpieces and pieta, while the headquarters "Milana" (1995) responds to sgabelli polychrome wood. Mirrors "Triptychs" reveal the profile of a bust, the drawings of a vase ... The cage of light, designed with Artemide, planted in the dim light, makes us see differently the museum. Like the suspension "Martel Amber Lamp" which returns to the walls the orange of an old brandy.

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"Table Kilometer", 2011, limited edition, Gargosian Gallery and Patrick Seguin Gallery

Gagosian Gallery and Patrick Seguin Gallery

Chair "Milana", 1995, edition Sawaya & Moroni

Sawaya & Moroni Edition

The "Tryptiques", 2014, in walnut and colored mirrors. Limited edition, Gagosian Gallery and Patrick Seguin Gallery

Gagosian Gallery and Patrick Seguin Gallery

More than a retrospective, it's a journey around the role of furniture proposed by Jean Nouvel. Reflection that continues with "Simple", its mobile and modular shelter presented as part of the Fiac where he is ahead of the nomadism of the societies of tomorrow.

Shelves "Graduate", 2003, edition Molteni & C

Molteni & C edition

Lamp "Equilibrist", 2014, Artemide

Artemide

Table "Essences", 2012, created with furniture Rouchon (Erich Rouchon is cabinetmaker in Sarlat, the childhood city of Jean Nouvel)

Jean Nouvel and Eric Rouchon

Until February 12, 2017. Museum of Decorative Arts. 107, rue de Rivoli, 75001. lesartsdecoratifs.fr

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