For its opening, BSL gallery is pleased to present never-before-shown pieces by Djim Berger, the alchimist of porcelain, Nacho Carbonell, elected ‘Designer of the Future’ at Design Miami/Basel in 2009, and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, who in creating the gallery’s architectural space has produced the first container/containing resolution wholly dedicated to design. Besides these three young sparks, visitors will have the pleasure of seeing rare vintage contemporary pieces from the latter part of the 20th century designed by names like Gae Aulenti, Angelo Lelli, Gino Sarfatti, Ettore Sottsass… Not to mention a selection of period and contemporary jewellery created by Ron Arad, Pol Bury, Taher Chemirik, Codognato/Jasper Johns, Lito Karakostanoglou… As well as fashion creations – one-off pieces and limited series – made exclusively for the gallery by Benoît Duvignacq and Martin Grant.
Djim Berger‘s ‘Lightweight Porcelain’ collection literally reinvents an age-old material to propose a version that is tough and light. To achieve this he uses a mix of 1/3 clay and 2/3 polystyrene pearls: an exploit in technique that even old hands thought was impossible, the quantity of the addititive material being so important. When the piece is fired, the heat eliminates the polystyrene to reveal the porcelain, which is visually and sensually renewed. The technique is comparable to a honeycomb structure, in which unlikely components combine surprisingly to achieve strength and lightness – qualities much sought after in innovative furniture design.
BSL gallery is producing the ‘Lightweight Porcelain Stool’ in four exclusive colours (series limited to 10 + 2 AP per colour), and the ‘Lightweight Porcelain Bench’, a totally off-beat piece that pushes back the limits of design research (8 + 2 AP).
Nacho Carbonell‘s hybridizations, couplings of forms, zoomorphic and geomorphic pieces re-engineer the DNA of archetypes for chair, sofa, desk and bench to deliver creations that defy traditional categories. Are they pieces of furniture or conceptual creatures? Both: for if Carbonell’s art ignores conventions, his furniture never forget the use of the piece. His mutant creations are always functional, and they even create new user protocols that may be relational, playful, social or affective, associated to the freedom afforded by a material. Whatever the case, his creations are animated to the point that they seem capable of thought and feeling. Nacho Carbonell gives form(s) to them to invite us to interact with them and bring them fully to life.
BSL gallery is presenting Nacho Carbonell in a first-up show in Paris, preceding a solo exhibition in January 2011 around new and exclusive works. Parisians and visitors will discover two pieces of the ground-breaking ‘Evolution’ collection produced by Rossana Orlandi gallery in Milan and entitled ‘Lovers’ Chair’ (6 + 1 AP) and ‘The Bench’ (6 + 1 AP), presented in its unique monochrome black version. The famous ‘Hot Kettles’ and a set of animals in bronze ranging in height from 25 cm to 2 metres will also accompany the first Paris show of works by Nacho Carbonell.
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has created the space of BSL gallery in volumes that are articulated around a large organic piece in white Corian, the overall area being 110 m2. Forceful and elegant, his architectural resolution expresses continuity in formal language with natural, fluid and structured forms. Its ‘second skin’ is a convincing reformulation of the ‘white cube’ – the standard for contemporary art spaces -, specifically adapted to design. His deployment cleverly directs the movements of visitors and is a refreshing substitute to ordinary pedestal display. Contrasts between white and coal black surfaces enhance the works on show and establish an even rhythm in the perception of the gallery’s three distinct spaces.
Duchaufour-Lawrance has also designed other elements that figure in the BSL gallery presentation – all of them as yet unreleased custom-made models. These objects carry meaning in relation to a place and tell a story. He then devised, to present the jewelry the ‘Lucy’ collection, four models in white resin that marry palaeontology and design, and which are exclusively produced by BSL gallery.
Also at the gallery opening:
A unique selection of vintage lamps, rare pieces from the second half of the 20th century designed by Gae Aulenti, Angelo Lelli, Gino Sarfatti, Ettore Sottsass…
Period and contemporary jewellery created by Ron Arad, Pol Bury, Taher Chemirik, Codognato/Jasper Johns, Lito Karakostanoglou…
And fashion creations – one-off pieces and limited series – made exclusively for the gallery by Benoît Duvignacq and Martin Grant.
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