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Are you looking for a light or pair of chairs by a specific designer or from a certain period? Have you been dreaming of owning a …?
You fill in the blank and Artecase will help you find it! 

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The design events of the last couple weeks have been truly inspiring. We are still going through all of our photos!
Here are a few ideas and objects that caught our eye!

1. Charlotte Perriod Nuage biblioteque circa 1955, a beautiful Mid-century piece that was  on view during Design Week.

2. The Duna lounge chair was one of the pieces we saw last week at  an evening talk on how the Design market is infiltrating the Art market. It is composed of 60 separate pieces freijo, a Brazilian wood, which together create a chair form evocative of sand dunes.

3. and 4. Beautiful Lalique display of vases and wall appliqués during Paris Design Week

5. and 6. This cluster of lights presented at Maison et Objet this month is quite beautiful and look to be inspired by old Parisian holophane street lights, which are in photo 6. We can source the originals for you! 

7. This commode is designed by Caroline Sarkozy, one of our favorite Parisian interior designers. If you have a chance do go visit the Décors à Vivre: Les Arts Décoratifs accueillent AD Intériors 2014, which is on view until the end of November.

8. We spotted this pair of Elisabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti chairs called “The Night and the Day”, Circa 1990 behind glass this week. We know a few of you had inquired about the one on our blog that was offered by Artcurial several months ago. The chair was withdrawn from the sale.

Here is a pair available for you!

9. Here is a snap from a talk we gave at Parsons Paris last Tuesday on collectible design. 

Today is an especially glorious day to be exploring collectible design in Paris! We are grateful to share the day with several design enthusiasts on our visits to the Biennale des Antiquaires, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, several galleries and finally the private atelier of Jeanne Lanvin. 

Here are a few photos from some of our stops.  Enjoy!

1. Wendell Castle sculpture at Carpenters Workshop Gallery at the Biennale des Antiquaires

2. Eileen Gray’s Table aux Chairs also at the Biennale des Antiquaires

 Architectural Digest sponsored Interiors designer showcase at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. This year each interior designer received an object from the museums permanent collection and an object from a Paris-based gallery to feature in their interiors.

3. Chahan Minassian luxurious and grand yet intimate interior featuring a desk by César from the 1960s and a collection of swords, as well as inviting bench seats in warm colours.

4. photo credit: Adelto, Luis Laplace has a story to tell: the story of Porfirio Rubirosa, a mid-20th-century Latin playboy who loved luxury as much as women. Laplace translates this plotline into an antechamber for a Latin lover, a colorful yet structured space centering around a finely-crafted desk by Clément Mère from the 1920s.

5. Photo credit: Adelto, Tristan Auer has dreamed up a dressing room fit for a modern dandy. At its center, a 1970s neon ceiling lamp, Monumental by Michel Boyer, illuminates the four facets of a socialite’s life — fittings for work, leisure moments, evenings and accessories.

6. Jean Lanvin’s “table aux oiseau” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

7. Jeanne Lanvin’s private atelier on rue Faubourg Saint Honoré

It’s been a wonderful day. Thanks to all who participated!
x Elizabeth and Susan

We have some truly wonderful objects to present to you today!

1. 1940s Venini chandelier from a private home in Paris. This is a unique piece and it is truly exceptional. Restrained and elegant in expression and proportion … block out the ceiling and other lights in the background of this photo and imagine it in a entryway or dining room. 

It is in pristine condition.  80 cm high and 85 cm wide.
The price is right.  Contact us for more photos and the price. contact@arte-case.com

2. Italian 1960s bronze table base. We love the sweeping lines and the perching parrots! We can source a vintage glass top or have a new top made for you. 

3. Rare and beautiful pair of 19th century Chinese cache pots on bronze bases. It’s rare to find a pair like this in perfect (age appropriate) condition. Just fill with water and add goldfish!

4. This floor lamp (‘Les Yeux sans Visage’) in chrome-plated and black lacquered steel and polished aluminum is a true statement piece and we love the shadow created on the wall behind.

5.  These ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ lights (1978) in polished cast aluminium and chrome-plated steel are iconic pieces. Limited edition of 30 + 2 artists proofs.

6. This stunning light (1972) in bronze, also by Lebovici is a unique piece. The light head pivots from the base allowing light to be focused directionally.

contact@arte-case.com for inquiries

Friday Finds!

1. Pair of appliqués – ARLUS. Late 1950s. Influenced by Mategot with perforated surface. Good condition.  €2200 the pair.

2. Italian brass and amethyst lamp, 1970s. €1200.

3. Spanish lamp in stainless steel. Editor is FASE. Space age design. 1960s. Rotates on its base and the head pivotes so light can be focused. €600.

4. Two Murano glass vases sold as a pair - €400. 1970s. Hand crafted – one is very translucent.

5. 1970s Murano glass covers for wall lights. €1200

Inquiries about any of these objects:
contact@artecase.com or 06 47 25 09 66

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. 

Inquiries about any of these objects:

contact@artecase.com or 06 22 37 44 72

 



Happy 15 Août!We are enjoying this last big weekend of the summer here in France and looking forward to working from our new headquarters starting in September. Here is a peak of our new view!We’ll be back next week with lots of great Friday finds! x Susan and Elizabeth

Happy 15 Août!
We are enjoying this last big weekend of the summer here in France and looking forward to working from our new headquarters starting in September. 
Here is a peak of our new view!
We’ll be back next week with lots of great Friday finds! 
x Susan and Elizabeth

Friday Finds!

Konstantin Grcic is a designer we keep being drawn back to… We’ve blogged about him several times. These chairs are part of the  Traffic seating Collection for Italian design brand  Magis. They are inspired by iconic forms and obtain beautiful harmony between industrial and  refined artistic sensibilities. 

Image 1: Here Grcic revisits the famous chaise longue B306 by Le Corbusier,  Jeanneret and Perriand.  ”The correlation between the three-dimensional line drawing of the metal rod and the geometric lines of the cushions marks a significant shift from the common connotation of wire furniture” says Grcic.

Image 2: This spectacular armchair was inspired by the Wassily chair, designed in 1925 by Marcel Breuer. 

Image 3: Konstantin Grcic – Panorama is an exhibition currently on view at Vitra Design Museum. It explores his career and work as well as his vision of interiors of the future. Click on the exhibition name to see all the details and more photos. This retrospective exhibition narrates the role of design in our times, looking both at the past and the future. 

Images 4 & 5: The exhibition DEFINI FINI INFINI  (click on name for exhibition link) has opened at the Mamo in Marseilles. It is the result of the meeting of the artists Ora Ito and Daniel Buren and consists of 7 monumental works on the roof terrace  which play with dimensions, perspective, light and the environment. Buren’s black and white columns (1985-86) in Palais Royale in Paris are spectacular and a familiar and much-loved sight to Parisians. 

Images 6, 7, 8: We wanted to share with you this stunning table by Hans Wegner we spotted this week. Dating from circa 1953, it was produced in oak and brass by Andr. Tuck. We love the smooth and lyrical lines of the base.

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Inquiries about any of these objects:
contact@artecase.com or 06 22 37 44 72

Friday Finds

The dialogue between the past and the present continues to resonate deeply within us and we are excited to share with you the new Shanghai- based luxury lifestyle brand, Shang-Xia (Mandarin for “up down).
 
They have collaborated with Christie’s auction house around the globe this summer (first stop was Paris,  followed by New York and San Francisco) to 
present their debut collection of very limited edition furniture, jewelry and and tea sets.  The works wholly embrace the traditional heritage of Chinese craftsmanship while expressing a very clean modern aesthetic. 

This series of Da Tian Di  (Big Sky and Earth) Chairs is an artful embodiment of the concept of Heaven and Earth - straight angles framing a curve. 

Image 1: The ‘Da Tian Di’ Chair  handcrafted in solid wood with red lacquer in the tradition of Ming furniture.

Image 2: Da Tian Di’ Chair  in Zitan, a very special dense tropical red sandalwood used in traditional Chinese furniture.

Image 3:  This exquisite porcelain tea cup, ‘Lotus Pure’ (2014), is a unique piece. Made of paper-thin egg porcelain, it is breathtakingly delicate and elegant. The balance of simplicity of form and bold colors is perfect.

Image 4: Our guide, Thomas, at the exhibition was exceedingly enthusiastic and knowledgable. He really excited us about the elegance and grace of the designs and ceremony of these objects.

Image 5: This tea set was presented on the landing of the main staircase at Christie’s with the view behind it into a research room. The size and weight and feel of these objects creates a sublime experience - and we didn’t even have any tea!~~

Note: We found out later that this brand was launched by Hermès in 2008. Also interesting to know, is that this is the first time Christie’s has collaborated with a retail brand. Sales details are here.

Inquiries about any of these objects:
contact@artecase.com or 06 47 25 09 66