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Published during the eponymous exhibition at the Galerie des Galeries (Galeries Lafayette, Paris), this book presents 164 pieces created by 59 famous designers.


Published during the eponymous exhibition at the Galerie des Galeries (Galeries Lafayette, Paris), this book presents 164 pieces created by 59 famous designers. All the items are from the private collection of Clémence and Didier Krzentowski. Staged by Bruno Rousseaud, photos by Fabrice Gousset. Text in English by Caroline Bourgeois (Curator).

Designers presented :
Franco ALBINI, Franca HELG, Ron ARAD, Sergio ASTI, Gae AULENTI, François AZAMBOURG, François BAUCHET, Ludovico di BELGIOJOSO, Enrico PERESSUTI, Ernesto ROGERS, Rudolfo BONETTO, Ronan BOUROULLEC, Erwan BOUROULLEC, Andrea BRANZI, Fernando BRíZIO, Livio CASTIGLIONI, Gianfranco FRATTINI, Achille CASTIGLIONI, Pier Giacomo CASTIGLIONI, André CAZENAVE, Pierre CHARPIN, Joe COLOMBO, Pucci De ROSSI, NEXT ARCHITECTS & Aura LUZ MELIS, David DUBOIS, FRONT DESIGN (Sofia LAGERKVIST, Charlotte von der LANCKEN, Anna LINDGREN et Katja SÄVSTRÖM), Naoto FUKAZAWA, Konstantin GRCIC, Vittorio GREGOTTI, Stefano MENEGHETTI, Giotto STOPPINO, Ineke HANS, James IRVINE, Hella JONGERIUS, Harri KOSKINEN, Shiro KURAMATA, Charles-Édouard JEANNERET-GRIS dit « Le Corbusier », Alessandro MENDINI, Alessandro GUERRIERO, Jasper MORRISON, Bruno MUNARI, George NELSON, Marc NEWSON, Verner PANTON, Pierre PAULIN, Charlotte PERRIAND, Jean PROUVÉ, RADI DESIGNERS : Florence DOLÉAC, Laurent MASSALOUX, Olivier SIDET et Robert STADLER, Tejo REMY, Gino SARFATTI, Jerszy SEYMOUR, Wieki SOMERS, Ettore SOTTSASS, Philippe STARCK.


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Albini (Franco)

Born in 1905 in Milan (Italy), he was an architect and a designer. He died in 1977.

Arad (Ron)

Born in Tel-Aviv (Israël) in 1961, lives and works in London (UK).

Asti (Sergio)

Born in Milan (Italy) in 1926. He studied art and architecture in Milan between 1947 and 1953. He is one the founding directors of the ADI (Industrial Design Association).

Aulenti (Gae)

Born in 1927 in Italy. She works as an architect, interior architect and architecture theorist.

Azambourg (François)

François Azambourg lives and works Paris. His work has been devoted to the combination of techniques and the true art of applied arts. His work often crosses over into the realm of research. He regularly registers patents for new materials and new processes. In 2005 he obtained a Carte Blanche VIA grant for his exploration of the theme of “beehive metaphor” and was named Creator of the Year 2009 at the Salon du Meuble in Paris. François Azambourg’s works are produced by Hermès, Cappellini, Ligne Roset, Cinna, Domestic, Moustache, Poltrona Frau, Kreo, DCS and CIAV Meisenthal.

Di Belgiojoso (Lodovico)

Born in Milan in 1909, Lodovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso was an Italian architect and designer. He died in 2004.

Bauchet (François)

François Bauchet is a french designer, he was born in 1948 in Montluçon. In 2002, he was appointed Creator of the year at the Salon du meuble of Paris. His objects and furniture are produced by the Galerie Kreo, Cinna, Ligne Roset… and his pieces are part of permanent collections at the FNAC Paris, the Musée des arts décoratifs de Paris, le design museum in Lisbon…  

Bonetto (Rudolfo)

Born in Milan in 1929, Rodolfo Bonetto abandoned a successful career as a jazz drummer to devote himself to the profession of designer. He started up his own business in 1958 and in the years that followed worked in a large number of industrial fields ranging from the designing of tooling machines to clocks, lamps, ski boots, surgical lasers and motorcars. Being self-taught, he was so keenly oriented towards design praxis as to provide an important contribution to the teaching of industrial design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm and later on at Isia in Rome. He was awarded eight gold compasses, the last of which was for his own professional career. He died in Milan in 1991.

Bouroullec (Frères)

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, born respectively in 1971 and 1976 in Quimper (Brittany), have become internationally known designers in a few years. They have managed to lead their projects to term, such as the A-Poc shop in Paris or the creation of diverse furniture pieces for international brands such as Capellini or Vitra. They were the first French to get a personal exhibition at the Design of London in 2002.

Branzi (Andrea)

Andrea Branzi is, at one time, an architect, designer, city planner and journalist (Modo Magazine, 1983 to 1987). He was one of the founders in 1983, of the Domus Academy in Milan. A professor of industrial design at Milan Polytechnic University, he is also the author of a number of books and essays. At the end of the sixties, he was heavily involved in student protests in Florence and was a member of the radical design group, Archizoom Associati. Since then, he has created a considerable number of objects for a range of companies such as Alessi, Artemide, Cassina, Poltronova, Vitra and Zanotta. His work has been presented in such keynote events as the Milan Triennale or the Venice Biennale as well as in personal exhibitions in international galleries and museums. In 1987, he earned a special mention from the jury of the Compasso d’Oro for the totality of his work as designer and theoretician.

Brizio (Fernando)

Fernando Brizio graduated from the Fine Arts university of Lisbon in equipment design in 1996. Since 1999 he develops projects of products’ creation, while working on the scenography and exhibition plans, and many other projects, particularly with Details, Protodesign, Atlantis, M Glass, Droog Design, le choréographe Rui Horta, Modalisboa, DIM-Die Imaginäre Manufaktur, Intramuros, Fabrica, Schréder, la boutique Lux/Atalaia, Experimenta design, and Cor Unum.

Castiglioni (Achille)

Castiglioni (Livio)

Cazenave (André)

Charpin (Pierre)

Pierre Charpin was born in 1962 in Saint–Mandé (near Paris) and graduated from the Beaux–Arts de Bourges in 1984. Since the early 1990s he has devoted himself to designing furniture and objects.

In 1990 his first solo exhibition was held at the Galerie Perkal (Paris) where he presented his research into the possibility of “anthropomorphic” furniture, and a series of silver tableware objects, manufactured in 1988 by Algorythme. In 1993 he developed his Stackable Chair project thanks to a grant from the FIACRE [French Minister of Culture]. In 1995 he was given the Carte blanche of the VIA (Valorisation Innovation dans l’Ameublement). He designed several seating projects for La Collection tropicale (La Maison du meuble créole, La Réunion) in 1996. That same year he participated in and was responsible for curating the exhibition Assembled in Ivry at the sur–Seine). In 1997 he participated in the first Design Biennial in Saint–Étienne, in which he attracted attention with Vroom, his research into the car as an object, resulting from a workshop with students from the Beaux–Arts de Saint–Étienne.

He lives and works in Ivry–sur–Seine and Paris.

His practice has centered on experimental
projects — in particular those conducted with the Centre international de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastiques (CIRVA) from 1998 to 2001, and the Centre de recherche sur les arts du feu et de la terre (CRAFT) between 2003 and 2005 — and in the course of his collaborations with renowned manufacturers such as Alessi, Cristalleries de Saint–Louis, Japan Creative, Ligne Roset, Magis, Manufacture nationale de Sèvres, Montina, Pamar, Tectona, Venini, The Wrong Shop, Wrong for Hay and Zanotta.

After mounting a first solo exhibition of his work in 1999, the Galerie kreo (Paris) has held the exclusive right to produce limited editions of his pieces, presented in solo exhibitions since 2005: Platform in 2006, All’Aperto in 2008, 81/2 in 2009, and Ignotus Nomen in 2011.

His solo exhibitions include: in 1998, Una mostra di mobile, Post Design (Milan) ; in 2001, Torno subito, Galerie des Curiosités, Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris) ; in 2002, Stands, Design Gallery Milano (Milan) ; in 2005, Oggetti Lenti, Design Gallery Milano, and Pierre Charpin 2005 at the Grand–Hornu Images (Hornu) ; in 2009, Entre les vases, Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains (MUDAC, Lausanne) ; in 2011, Pierre Charpin au Grand–Hornu, vingt années de travail, Grand–Hornu Images ; in 2014, Pierre Charpin, la part du dessin, Elac Gallery (Lausanne).

Pierre Charpin’s pieces have been included in many books alongside other designers. His work has also been the subject of several monographic publications, including Pierre Charpin à Vallauris and Pierre Charpin au CIRVA (Grégoire Gardette Éditions, 2000 and 2001), Nouvelles formes pour Sèvres (Bernard Chauveau Éditeur, 2008), and Entre les Vases to coincide with his exhibition at the MUDAC (Birkhaüser, 2009). In 2014, JRP Ringier publishes his first monography: Pierre Charpin.

His designs are included in many private collections, and are held in the following public collections: Fonds national d’Art contemporain (Paris/La Défense), Musée national d’Art moderne/Centre de création industrielle (Paris), Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), Grand–Hornu Images (Hornu), Indianapolis Museum of Art (USA).

In 2004 Pierre Charpin was the winner of the international competition for the design of the Carafe Eau de Paris, produced in an edition of 10 000. His vase Triplo (Venini) featured in the selection list for the Compasso d’Oro 2005, the year in which he was named “Créateur de l’année” [Designer of the Year] at the Salon du meuble in Paris.

Pierre Charpin has acted as the scenographer of his own exhibitions (at the MUDAC and Grand–Hornu Images), as well as for themed exhibitions such as Les Sixties, mode d’emploi (Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Paris), Mobi Boom (Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris) and Quali cose siamo, the third Design Museum Triennial (Milan), organized in 2010 by Alessandro Mendini. In parallel with his work as
a designer, from 1998 to 2008 he taught design at the École supérieure d’Art et de Design in Reims. He has been teaching in the Industrial Design department of the ECAL–University of Art and Design since 2006.

Colombo (Joe)

Doléac (Florence)

Born in 1968 in Toulouse, Florence Doléac lives and works in Paris and in Brittany.

Dubois (David)

Born in 1946, lives and works in Paris.

Frattini (Gianfranco)

Gianfranco Frattini was born in 1926 and died in 2004. Gianfranco Frattini was an Italian architect and designer. Gianfranco Frattini is a member of the generation that created the Italian design movement in the late 1950s through the 1960s.

Front Design

Founded by Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren, Front is a Swedish design group. They live and work in Sweden. Website :

Fukasawa (Naoto)

Born in 1956, Naoto Fukasawa has worked in a consulting capacity as well as designes in Japan, Europe, and other parts of Asia. His design experience is both diverse and widespread, ranging from electronics to furniture and he is recognized worldwide. He continues to hold the "Without Thought" work-shops, using his personal vision regarding people's unconscious memories and actions as a direction leading to design. In 2006, he founded "Super Normal" with Jasper Morrison. In 2007, he has awarded the distinction of Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the British Royal Society of Arts. In 2009, he held an exhibition with photographer Tamotsu Fujii entitled "The Outline: The Unseen Outline of Things" at 21_21 Design Sight, and published a book of the same title (Hachette Fujingaho 2009). He has also authored "An Outline of Design" (Toto Shuppan); a compilation of his works in "Naoto Fukasawa" (Plaidon 2007); and co-authored "Super Normal" with Jasper Morrison (Lars Müller Publishers 2007).

Grcic (Konstantin)

Konstantin Grcic (*1965) was trained as a cabinet maker at The John Makepeace School (Dorset, England) before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Since setting up his own practice Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design (KGID) in Munich in 1991, he has developed furniture, products and lighting for some of the leading companies in the design field. Amongst his renowned clients are Authentics, BD Ediciones, ClassiCon, Flos, Magis, Maharam, Muji, Nespresso, Plank, Serafino Zani, Thomas-Rosenthal and Vitra. Many of his products have received international design awards such as the prestigious Compasso d`Oro for his MAYDAY lamp (Flos) in 2001 and the MYTO chair (Plank) in 2011. Work by Konstantin Grcic forms part of the permanent collections of the world´s most important design museums (a.o. MoMA/New York, Centre Pompidou/Paris). Most recently Konstantin Grcic has curated a number of significant design exhibitions such as DESIGN-REAL for The Serpentine Gallery, London (2009), COMFORT for the St.Etienne Design Biennale (2010) and BLACK2 for the Istituto Svizzero, Rome (2010). Solo exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2006), Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2006) and The Art Institute of Chicago (2009). The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) appointed Konstantin Grcic "Royal Designer for Industry", in 2010 he was fellow at Villa Massimo in Rome. Design Miami/ arwarded him the title "2010 Designer of the Year". Website :

Gregotti (Vittorio)

Guerriero (Alessandro)

Hans (Ineke)

Helg (Franca)

Irvine (James)

Jongerius (Hella)

Kuramata (Shiro)

Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier was born Charles-Edouard Jeanneret in 1887 and died in 1965. He is one of the most important representants of the modern movement with, for example, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropuis, Alvar Aalto and Theo van Doesburg. Installed in Paris since 1917, he participates to the creation of the Esprit nouveau, an art and architecture magazine in which he uses the pseudonym of Le Corbusier. After the WWII, he proposes his "unités d'habitation" (habitation units) and realises Marseille's Cité radieuse.

Great theoretician, he maintains his publications with le Modulor (1950), presentation of modern architecture.

Mendini (Alessandro)

Meneghetti (Stefano)

Morrison (Jasper)

Munari (Bruno)

Nelson (George)

Newson (Marc)

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Panton (Verner)

Paulin (Pierre)

Pierre Paulin - some dates. 1927: Born in Paris, July 9th, of a French father (a dental surgeon), and a Swiss-German mother. 1949: Apprenticeship in Beaune to become a sculptor, but a severed nerve in his right arm paralyzed his hand, preventing him from continuing. 1950-1953: Camondo school. Rejoined Marcel Gascoin's workshop. “Discovered” Scandinavian furniture, then the groups of buildings at Rovaniemi where the urban planning had been done by Alvar Aalto around 1944-1947. Joined the supervisory staff at the decoration department, Galeries Lafayette. 1952: Marriage to Soledad Sensky, known as Lita. Dominique Paulin born. 1952-1959: Collaboration with Thonet France. 1956: Fabrice Paulin born. 1958: Meeting with Kho Liang Ie, art director of Artifort, and Harry Wagemans, the CEO. 1973: Beginning of the collaboration with Maïa Wodzislawska. 1975: Creation of ADSA with Marc Labailly and Maïa Wodzislawska. 1978: Benjamin Paulin's birth. 1982: Divorce from Lita Paulin. Marriage with Maïa Wodzislawska. 1992-1995: Central role in Eurocom, then in Euro-RSCG. ADSA merges with Sopha resulting in the creation of Euro-RSCG Design. 1995-1997: Departure of ADSA, and installation in the Cevennes. 2007: Meeting with Michel Roset in June. 2009: Death of Pierre Paulin, June 13th.

Peressuti (Enrico)

Perriand (Charlotte)

Prouvé (Jean)

De Rossi (Puci)

RADI Designers

Laurent Massaloux, born in 1968 ; Olivier Sidet, born in 1965 et Robert Stadler, born in 1966. They live and work in Paris. Florence Doleac and Claudio Colucci (ex-Radi designers).

Remy (Tejo)

Rogers (Ernesto)

Sarfatti (Gino)

Seymour (Jerszy)

Somers (Wieki)

Sottsass (Ettore)

Was born in innsbrück, austria in 1917, in 1939 he graduated in architecture from politecnico of turin. he started out on his professional career, working with his father, the architect ettore sottsass sr.,an important figure in italian rationalism. immediately after the war he moved to milan, where he set up a studio to deal with architectual and design projects. In 1958 he started to work with olivetti as design consultant for more than than twenty years and designed numerious items, which now form part of permanent collections of museums such as the moma in new york, the centre george pompidou in paris, the denver art museum and the israel museum in jerusalem. this work was to gain him four 'compassi d'oro'. He continued to devote time to design culture, taking part in projects aimed at renewing the language of contemporary design. this research was to lead to the creation of several hundreds of objects, mostly one-off, exhibited at various personal shows in international galleries and museums.

Starck (Philippe)

Stoppino (Giotto)

Massaloux (Laurent)

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