Unquestionably one of the phenomenal pieces from Specimen’s very first collection, ‘Chandabrabhu’ is a grey Savoy marble occasional table, an Indian gothic gargoyle forming the basis of a neo Art Nouveau ‘as if part of a larger architecture’ according to Sylvain Rieu-Piquet. That is a Hindu temple atomized by the anger of a capricious divinity, the great splendour of which ended up in Paris in the 21st century. Sculpted with a digital cutter, ‘Chandabrabhu’ proudly displays the grooves left by the contemporary tool to hide nothing of its industrial origins.

A designer and a artist, Sylvain Rieu-Piquet assumes a double life as a designer for Thomson and with a personal career which is liberated from design constraints, to let an extravagant and romantic plastic vocabulary radiate. The assurance of his style and confidence in a universe where fantasy and luxuriance meet a priori, far from classical marketing design successes, today make him one of the most interesting designers of his generation.

Dimensions: 50x50x40 cm

Edition of 8 numbered copies

Material: Savoy marble

Price on request www.specimen-editions.fr

Copyright : Gabriel de Vienne

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