Paris, Catberro

As the luxury and art markets feel the strain of a troubled global economy, many may be wondering how design art, a relatively fledgling market, will fare. Since the end of the 20th century contemporary designers have tapped into their creative side, producing one-off or limited works that push the boundaries of technology, materials, and even taste. Take Jacques Jarrige’s “Carnac”, sculpted sycamore shelves, indulgently enrobed in white gold leaf with ebony details, or Mattia Bonetti’s sculpted “Eve” lamp, opulently embellished with gold plated nails, on show at the Paris gallery which specializes in contemporary design art from France’s most celebrated design artists.

The design art phenomenon has also created a demand for prototypes. It is ironic that works that had failed to make the production line are hailed as rare collectibles, while some were just deemed too avant-garde, finding fame decades later. Just as early works from the onset of the industrial revolution helped designers to create new techniques and hone their skills in terms of mass production, today’s designers are advancing industry and technology through experimental forms.

May 28 through July 31, 2009
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