Ado Chale takes a break from sourcing precious stones for his furniture designs to present his work at the Yves Gastou gallery in Paris.

Few artists' work can be described as 'precious'. But when it comes to Belgian artist Ado Chale's mineral-rich designs, it's the first adjective that comes to mind. Born into a family of craftsmen, Chale discovered his passion for mineralogy while touring Germany in the mid 1950s. In 1966 he opened a small boutique in Brussels filled with his wondrous collection of fossils, minerals and semi- and precious stones sourced from around the world. It was only a matter of time, however, before the nascent craftsman started to experiment with his treasure trove of merchandise. All the minerals that he patiently collected were reworked into mosaics to rival nature's best compositions; each design is a unique and functional work of art. His creations have now toured the world (World Exposition in Montreal; Musée de Beaux Arts in Nancy, France; Musée Galliera in Paris) and are housed in some of the most prestigious private collections (French billionaire Liliane Bettencourt, the British royalty, Kind Saad of Saudi Arabia). Traveling the globe for the natural treasures that are the soul of his irreverent designs – agate in Brazil, fossil woods in Arizona, tigerseye in South Africa, lapis lazuli in Afghanistan – Chale touches down in Paris this month at the Yves Gastou with a rare retrospective of his heavy body of work.

Ado Chale
Galerie Yves Gastou
12 rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris