The market's antique dealers Paul Bert and Serpette invited the architect-designer to set up an exhibition in the Galerie des Puces, made up of objects gleaned from their stand. Interview.
It is hard to imagine you, architect and visual artist, attracted by the flea market. Are you a regular at the flea market?
Not at all. When I was asked to pick objects, I had not been there for ten years. That said, the markets Serpette and Paul Bert are separate entities in Saint-Ouen, they offer nothing dusty.
Why did you play the game?
It was intriguing. The idea of spending a Sunday at the flea aroused my curiosity.
What was your impression?
I was surprised to discover iconic designs from the 1960s, an office by Pierre Paulin or chairs Joe Colombo for example. I remembered these historical pieces, I really did not expect to find them there.
What does your exhibition tell?
It evokes an apartment, a contemporary loft of 35 m2, which has a living room and also a dining room, because I found beautiful furniture to develop, lighting and incredible panels brushed stainless steel diamond points 1970s.
In addition to pieces of design, you have chosen curious objects, including a guitar, an old Flemish portrait ...
It was necessary to give a life to this place. The portrait represents a Calvinist woman dressed in a strawberry, looking very severe, she pleased me; he intervenes in the decor as if it belonged to the history of the owners. As for the guitar, it was black, I could not resist! Black is an addiction. When you start, you can not stop. If I happen to notice colored objects, I can not buy them.
Why this attraction?
Black fascinated me already when I was a child. Later, as a student, I discovered the black and white of optical art. It is a contradictory color, that of the rebels and, at the same time, that of the priests. It was carried by the poor in the Mediterranean, but also by the rich in the eighteenth century. These oppositions make it interesting.
You like, too, blood red ...
Indeed, I introduced it in my recent projects. Red is life, light, dynamism.
Are you a collector?
Yes, but contemporary art. And, of course, I collect black works, nothing but black works.
Black Card at Odile Decq
From September 6th to October 14th 2013. Galerie des Puces. 110, rue des Rosiers, 93 400 Saint Ouen. Such. 01 40 11 54 14 and paulbert-serpette.com.