- Art & Design
Paris, the city that has lured artists for centuries through its je ne sais quoi. That same artistic breeze leads us to designer Pierre Yovanovitch's inaugural exhibition, open to the public from 12 to 26 October. The exhibition kicks off his new promising gallery. To celebrate, he created a limited-edition series of his iconic Asymmetry Chair with artist Claire Tabouret. We can't wait to go and see these unique pieces in person.
Pierre Yovanovitch, a big name in design land with an interesting stratification. After a career as a fashion designer for Pierre Cadin, he nurtured his creative soul as an interior designer from the turn of the century and not much later founded his own studio. The distinctive haute couture aesthetic that typifies his designs can still be recognised from miles away to this day. Moreover, the designer has the unique ability to transform historic spaces to still fit the coveted contemporary lifestyle, without losing the architectural integrity of the building. Out of a passion to collect unique pieces and succeed their elements, he creates luxury furniture and lighting. In doing so, he makes it a point to be able to make these available to a wider audience. Yovanovitch's pieces are produced to the highest quality standards where he values sustainability. His many close collaborations with the best French and Swiss artisans and textile specialists guarantee the immeasurable quality of his work.
The agility and daring of the kites is completely in juxtaposition with the simplicity and ease of the chairs.
After a successful 20-year career, the creative is opening the doors of his first furniture gallery located at Passage St. Avoye 4 in Paris' Marais district this autumn. There, he will exhibit both his older and never-before-seen works. In addition, he chooses to enrich his gallery with artworks by Tadashi Kawamata, Francesco Clemente and Francesco Vezzoli, among others. His several iconic Asymmetry-Chair designs are undoubtedly the showpieces of the opening, as he poured them into a special series especially for the gallery opening, in collaboration with good friend and artist Claire Tabouret. He sketched the first design of the chair back in 2013 but their iconicity over the past few years made it seem to Yovanovitch that it was the right piece for a unique reworking. The chairs will form special works of art, as Tabouret is known for incorporating unique concepts into its art, such as the fragility of human relationships and the passage of time. The chairs play on interesting topics such as childhood, movement and fragility. This is best taken literally, as each of the ten unique chairs was dressed with a kite motif. The agility and daring of the kites are completely in juxtaposition with the simplicity and ease of the chairs. The chairs thus provide food for thought. Moreover, they were taken to the next level by handicrafts by Atelier Jouffre, among others. All those interested in fine craft should not miss this unique opening, in our opinion. 10 Years Asymmetry Anniversary x Claire Tabouret, photography by Alessio Boni
Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier Gallery, photography by Federico Torra
Text by Emma Verstappen