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FRENCH CHIC IN THE EYES OF AN ARTIST
For Salone del Mobile in Milan 2015, French designer Olivier Gagnère creates a collection of ‘Haute Couture’ furniture exclusively for Pouenat.
Consoles, pedestal tables, commodes and coffee tables that reflect the French regions (Alsace, Brittany, Lorraine, Normandy and Savoy) are available in refined patina from deep to transparent colors on noble materials such as brass, steel and aluminum.
A true expression of a contemporary French style and high quality, the simple and graphic lines of this furniture collection are enhanced by subtle blends of textures and materials such as grain leather, steel, lacquered brass, polished aluminum, and varnished oak.
Through this unique collection, Olivier Gagnère pays homage to the savoir-faire and the excellent standards of iron artisans, metalworkers and craftsmen that Jacques Rayet was able to meet and work with in the spirit and tradition of the renowned French manufacturers of the twentieth century.
“French designer Olivier Gagnère has an original place in contemporary design. He breaks with the conventions of geometry and evokes a new balance that gives his creations a unique personality. Olivier Gagnère effortlessly writes a new text with traditional vocabulary. With a slight «twist», he creates forms that catch the eye, evoke an emotion, and question the memory. A relationship of intrigue takes shape through these new antiques. In harmony with the expert knowledge of the most gifted artisans in Murano, Arita or Limoges, he remains loyal to his own typology, whether for unique pieces, limited series, or for mass production. Designed in the same spirit of refinement and liberty, furniture and interior architecture assert Oliver Gagnère’s affiliation to the ethos of a French school with elegance and modesty. Perfectly modern and already vintage.”
“For these exceptional pieces of furniture, the idea was to adapt the spirit of the 20th century Decorative Arts to the 21st century. For us, this collection is an example of the highly skilled work of artisans and an evolution in the ‘marriage’ of materials, most notably in the use of metal and leather.“
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