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Inspired by nature and origami, Hervé Van der Straeten transcends objects

 

With his show “Emergence”, the celebrated French designer Hervé Van der Straeten unveils an exceptional and majestic new ensemble of furniture, lighting and mirrors at his gallery in the Marais.

Galatée chandelier.

For his tenth exhibition in his gallery, first opened in 1999, Hervé Van der Straeten once again affirms how his respect for traditional savoir-faire is no hindrance on the creativity and originality of his propositions. Based on the dexterity of his bronze and cabinetmaking workshops, his one-off pieces and limited editions elegantly combine contrasting materials (bronze, stone, suede, wood…) with a tastefully deconstructed geometry. While some pieces of his furniture require thousands of hours of work – such as the monumental pair of wardrobes – the obviousness and clarity of line always triumphs over the complexity of the making. 

This year, inspired by nature, mineral, plant and animal, Hervé Van der Straeten has taken suede, wood (olive, kingwood, ebony, lignum vitae, Indian rosewood, fossilised wood) amalgamated stone and parchment and worked them freely. The designer uses them alone (the parchment ends of a sofa), in contrast with other materials (the furniture in suede and metal), by overlapping them (a pair of wardrobes) or in patchwork (the “Kimono” wardrobe whose doors fold over one another).

 

The designer has also drawn inspiration from origami and the art of folding resulting in – most notably on the stunning mirrors – the transformation of flat frames into fascinatingly asymmetric forms. As is his way Hervé Van der Straeten leaves plenty of room for the materials to express themselves in a perfectly mastered chorus that’s always in tune. 

 

Emergence by Hervé Van der Straeten, on until April 19th 2016, at the Galerie Hervé Van der Straeten, 11 rue Ferdinand Duval, Paris, 3rd www.vanderstraeten.fr

 

 

By Thibaut Wychowanok

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