David Gill Gallery, London
8th June – 27th August 2012
2-4 King Street, London SW1
+44 20 3195 6600

This exhibition showcases new works by Swiss-born, Paris-based artist and designer Mattia Bonett. Gallerist David Gill first worked with Bonetti in 1989. As a gallerist, Gill was attracted by the sculptural quality of Bonetti’s works. Shades of Giacometti, Josef Hoffman and Carlo Mollino among others, are filtered through Bonetti’s imagination. Bonetti’s new collection, like previous collections with David Gill pulls out all the stops. The resulting collection comprises an exhaustive range of materials and techniques. Gold leaf gilding, gleaming polished copper and geometric steel piping, meet exquisite leathers and tinted lacquered fibreglass on the gallery floor. The pieces are inspired both by the past and the present. There are tones of deco, modernism and futurism expressed in the ‘Organ’ Cabinet, ‘Endless Ribbon’ Console, and ‘DW2’ Coffee table. Bonetti is a keen researcher, with the ability and confidence to reinvent a history that he knows well.

Mattia Bonetti was born in 1952 and educated in Lugano, Switzerland before moving to Paris in 1973. His art school training also in Lugano was in textiles and applied art, and he has constantly referred back to this as he seeks solutions across his art and design practice.
Mattia Bonetti worked as an art photographer and interior designer in the 1970s, often with his then partner Elisabeth Garouste. From 1979 he started working as a furniture designer of one-off and limited edition pieces. From 2001, driven by the lure of limitless innovation and imagination Mattia Bonetti has worked alone on a succession of exceptional pieces.