Exhibition, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris, France
Since settling down, man has felt the need to surround himself with furniture, the silent servants of everyday life, and this affirmation allows us to note its necessity. Furniture has transformed over the course of time, for our needs and uses. The art of beauty enriches its forms and aspects. The starting point was the chest, a storage unit, a carpenter’s work. Time has passed, but the Cabinet makers exhibition confirms the renewed interest in home pieces, and for new research and innovation. In this 21st century debut, the exhibition willingly returns to the excellent quality of the high-end cabinetmaker, a search for durable investment, for communicable furniture.
The pieces presented in the gallery revisit similar techniques and add bronze, entering further into the realm of sculptural art. They invent the contemporary development baptised ‘collectible design’, produced in limited editions.
The image of the atelier has changed, and Carpenters Workshop Gallery offers its artists an ultra-modern laboratory in Roissy which houses exceptional works, where specialized teams work in wood and its finishing, metal (bronze, aluminium, steel), textiles...
The exhibition presents different typologies of furniture, in which the form, however renewed, never eclipses the function of the piece.
The commode appeared at the end of the 17th century, and this extremely functional piece imposes superposed compartments, offering a simpler way of stowing belongings: the artist Ingrid Donat presents two sophisticated bronze versions, the ‘La Commode à facettes’ (2015) and ‘Commode Tribal’ (2016) conceived from motifs engraved using a lost-wax technique, in a style, on the one hand, tribal, while on the other Art Déco, the skin of the bronze piece suggests a sensuality obtained from the subtle patina.