De retour de New York, l’une de mes villes préférées au monde, j’avais envie de vous faire partager mes émotions quant à la découverte de la rétrospective du travail de Rei Kawakubo.
Cette artiste Japonaise créatrice de la marque « comme des garçons » est à l’honneur :
La mise en scène graphique, très architecturée, d’un blanc immaculé est surprenante même si les amateurs de la marque y retrouvent quelques éléments du célèbre magasin New Yorkais.
Notre progression dans l’exposition nous fait découvrir 140 pièces, certaines d’entre elles hautes perchées dans des vitrines suspendues inaccessibles. Matières, formes et couleurs s’opposent et s’harmonisent, comme sorties d’un laboratoire d’expérimentation : c’est peut être ce qui caractérise ce travail si singulier de l’artiste. Depuis 50 ans, la modernité de ses créations nous interpelle tant elle sort des sentiers battus de la mode, semblant être à contre courant : les formes du corps disparaissent au profit des matières, un subtil clin d’œil aux vêtements traditionnels japonais mais aussi aux coiffes de papier rappelant les perruques royales sont autant de références culturelles collectives qui viennent contre carrer l’aspect chaotique de certains mélanges de formes et matières ou La silhouette du corps se devine mais ne cherche pas à être sublimée . À 74 ans, Rei Kawakubo continue de nous surprendre par cette incroyable modernité qui rend sa marque si intemporelle et c’est une exposition dont on ressort forcément revigoré.
I was in New York, one of my favorite cities in the world, and discovered the retrospective of Rei Kawakubo’s work, the Japanese artist who created the brand « Comme des Garçons’ at The Metropolitan Museum: The set up of the exhibition, very architectural, in an immaculate white surprises you with its forms, even though fans of the brand will find some elements from their famous store in New York.
As you walk through the exhibition, you discover 140 pieces laid out in different structures, some of them perched high, displayed in hanging inaccessible windows. Materials, shapes and colors are juxtaposed and harmonized, like outputs from an experimental laboratory: this may be what characterizes the singularity of the work of the artist.
For fifty years, the modernity of her creations has challenged us so much. Her work has always been off the beaten paths of fashion, seemingly going against the current. Body forms disappear in favor of materials, fabrics become an extension of the body while themes & processes are married to create fashion that borders on art. There is a subtle nod to Japanese traditional clothes and also to collective cultural references. She uses the chaotic aspect of mixing shapes, materials, conflicting ideas and cultural references to questions identity and fashion.
At 74, Rei Kawakubo continues to surprise us with this incredible modernity. Over the years her clothes have looked at fashion as objects of art on the body and less about clothing and this exhibition allows you to see that journey of reinvention and originality.
I am happy to share with you in this news letter my latest creations. Three objects inspired by the sea, that carry forward the series of the previously launched jelly fish and sea urchin.
I have taken inspiration from the building blocks of the reefs – the Corals. With their varying exoskeletons and unique shapes, they multiply to create marvellous underwater fauna. They capture light, dazzle with their form & colour and shelter thousands of living beings.
It is only natural that we would want to reinterpret their magnificent forms to show Cirripedia imprisoning light, glowing within and through the precious stones, enhancing the work and the details on the bronze, and the layers of gold and patina.
I had the pleasure to be invited along with 40 other designers to present 3 new objects at the Museume of Modern Art of Paris, for the AD Collections Exhibition this year.
At the end of March, the Galeries Lumieres participated in The PAD fair in Paris. It was a great show, and the opportunity to showcase our collections of Antiques and Creations.
I am passionate about architecture, and I wanted to share on my blog a few pictures of the Falaknuma Palace that I visited for the first time.
The symmetry is perfect for this neo-classical palace that seems to be built in the shape of a scorpion. Perched on top of a hill overlooking the city, the view from the lush suspended gardens offer sweeping panoramas of the city. The interiors subtly and skilfully mix European styles. Every piece of furniture is of a quality rarely seen outside of European museums. The objects are all interesting and of course, the 19th century crystal chandeliers are the perfect match for the grandeur of the palace.
Pure elegance are the words that came to my mind when I was there. I really enjoyed spending time taking in the aesthetics of this place.
I had the honour and the great pleasure of the visit of the Maharani of Baroda a few weeks back in our workshops in Provence. And I take this occasion to share with you a very well written article by AD India about the restoration work we undertook at the palace of Baroda. It has been a privilege for us to restore the chandeliers of the Durbar hall to their original beauty and glory. All thanks for this are due to the efforts of my friend, Architect Karan Grover who initiated the project.
From London to Vadodara, with pit stops at New Delhi and France, the chandeliers in the durbar hall at the Lukshmi Villas Palace are better travelled than most people. French lighting brand Mathieu Lustrerie ensures that they are none the worse for wear.
Last February, I spent two weeks in India where I indulged in my second passion: cars. From Provence, I landed directly in Hyderabad, where Cartier was holding the fifth “Travel With Style” Concours d’Elegance at the Taj Falaknuma Palace.
The Cartier event was impeccably organised as always and the classic cars and bikes they presented – all from India – where exquisite. Cartier ‘Travel With Style’ Concours d’Elegance celebrates the remarkable design and craftsmanship that went into creating these luxurious and distinctive cars. A panel of hand-chosen international classic car specialists from across the globe judge the cars in different categories. Owned by Indian royalty and private collectors, these rare and historically significant automobiles were on display in public for the first time ever, bringing alive the eccentricities and uniqueness of the Indian automobile industry. The show was curated by Manvendra Singh of Barwani.
One of my personal favorites was the Indian Chief 1947, which was judged, Best of Show Motorcycle and Best in Class – Pre-War Motorcycle.
Thank you to Christine Borgoltz for inviting me to this event that I always enjoy attending. I look forward to the next edition in 2019.
It was an evening to remember when Mathieu Lustrerie co-hosted a champagne soiree along to celebrate home decor and fashion, along with Maison & Objet and hosted by the wonderful people of Vanto.
The home décor and architect fraternity of Hyderabad witnessed a show of the designer Little Shilpa who created a collection on the theme “When Home Décor meets fashion.” Shilpa created a few extraordianry pieces using fabrics made by Vanto, Embroideries from my friend Jean-François Lesage, and crystal pendants and pieces from our chandeliers. We displayed two chandeliers, including my creation “Constellation” seen on the photos below.
Last Month, Mathieu Lustrerie finished restoring the chandeliers of the Automobile Club de France. Established since 1896 in a sumptuous setting at 6 Place de la Concorde over more than 11,000 m², the building consists of two private residences that were combined to form the club.
The pioneering spirit of the Automobile Club – who had presaged the role was going to play early in the 20th Century – is reflected interestingly in the interiors. The chandeliers and neo-classique fixtures had all been designed for electricity from the onset. Similarly, the Club wanted today to remain at the forefront of technology by using Mathieu candles « LED Evolution » that recreate the ambiance of a real candle light.