Monday, November 9, 2009

Atelier Polyhedre Now at Pavilion



Atelier Polyhedre, a French ceramics studio, develops tableware and decorative

items both as limited editions and as one-offs. The company will present a set of

tableware inspired by the famous French Chantilly whipped cream at the 100%

Design show, which will be held in London at the end of September 2009.

The new tableware range is designed to capture the distinctive and playful appearance of Chantilly cream in the medium of glazed earthenware. These shapes and motifs are used to create a collection of ceramics mirroring the smooth, whipped cream, vivaciously unregulated, and the sense of a liquid that is ebbing and flowing – all these states are reflected in the different components of the table service.

Quirkiness and humour are the essential ingredients of this collection – a whipped plate, a soup tureen that appears to be overflowing, a plate overturned like a collapsed cream cake, and a cup decorated with a net of gold that seems to melt into its saucer. The brilliant whites and intense blacks of the enamelling add a refined note to tables and kitchens, whether in a regular residentiaL property, in a stately home or in a palace hotel.


Situated on the banks of the river Loire, at the heart of the city of Nantes, Atelier Polyhedre benefits from its location within a rich cultural environment. The Estuaire Biennial Arts Festival is held in the region, which is also home to a vast network of galleries and artists. The historical importance of traditional craftsmanship in the region has also informed the company’s development.

Baptiste Ymonet founded the company in 2004 in order to design a special collection of earthenware objects. Baptiste, who was born in 1973, studied at the School of Fine Arts (the Ecole des Beaux Arts) in Tours (in the Loire Valley), where he fi rst discovered the appeal of working with ceramics. Eggs, balls and spheres are the recurrent sources of inspiration for his unique pieces of work. He likes to recall Baudelaire’s words to describe his designs: “Making gold out of mud.”

In 2007, Atelier Polyhedre’s work was awarded the Prix des Jeunes Créateurs (award for young designers) by the Ateliers d’Art de France (an organisation promoting the French crafts industry). It was on this occasion that the company took part in the Maison & Objet trade show in Paris for the fi rst time. Born in 1978, Vincent Jousseaume studied at the School of Fine Arts in Nantes, during which time he worked on designs in plastic based around the theme of mealtimes. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that he chose to specialise in ceramics and crockery, bringing a touch of disorder to all kinds of tables.

Vincent joined Polyhedre in 2007 to develop a range that was specifi cally dedicated to tableware.

In 2008, the duo developed the Cling brand of crockery together.

Monday, October 12, 2009

rowan mersh textile sculpture and couture accessories

another of the exciting designers pavilion has discovered recently and is showing is rowan mersh and his couture accessories. his work as a sculptor is to be explored.

Rowan Mersh is a textile based sculptor who explores form and fuses design with technique, emphasizing experimentation as the focus of his practice. Mersh is a celebrated graduate of the Royal College of Art, the first to win the Mercury Art Prize, profiled in design magazines and featured on the cover of an acclaimed author’s book Fashioning Fabrics, which examined his work alongside fashion icons Issey Miyake, Hussein Chalayan to mention but a few. Mersh’s work is process oriented, the work reveals itself within his practice, as it takes form and shape depending on the emphasis and materials. Mersh ‘s work has already been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum for the permanent collection and has been exhibited internationally in galleries and independent spaces.

Mersh has developed a unique aesthetic, which is at once obvious upon encounter of his various larger and smaller sculptural forms whether it be in fashion, photography, textile, sculpture or any other experimental agenda in which he embark.

The V&A recently acquired CD Vinyl Sculpture Part 2 by Rowan Mersh who is one of the most prolific and talented young artists to emerge from the RCA.Mersh is fascinated by manipulation of fabrics especially knitted stretched jersey, trapping objects as diverse as cds, records and even cocktail sticks within the fabric to create amazing sculptural forms.......His constant experimentation results in some of the most innovative and exciting textiles being produced today.

Sue Pritchard, curator contemporary textiles V&A.

to read more about rowan mersh

he is also represented in london by gallery fumi

see this link for london design week installation at gallery fumi

Friday, October 9, 2009

news at pavilion aldo bakker

water carafe by aldo bakker

For the past 12 years, Pavilion’s vision has been the exploration and discovery of great European vintage design and bringing the work of well know International designers and artists such as Boyer, Mangiarotti, Jouve, Vautrin, Ramsay, and Jansen to Chicago.

Pavilion announces the expansion of this vision to include new design objects and accessories by innovative artists and designers from Europe and the United States.

During the last 6 months while traveling to France to buy great vintage furnishings, we have discovered several artists that we are presenting exclusively in Chicago and the United States for the first time starting November 27, 2009.

Pavilion has always presented products of exclusivity and character. With these same critical guidelines, we have chosen select pieces by emerging and established designers and artists. The unifying factor is a strong aesthetic vision, innovative use of materials, and high quality of craftsmanship, as well as, for original concepts, whimsy, and pristine execution. Some of the collections will be limited edition, while others will be an ongoing addition to Pavilion 20th century.

One of the designers we are most excited about is aldo bakker, son of gils bakker a co founder of droog design. his collection of amazing sculptural and exquisite ceramics will be the first collection to arrive.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

we have been following the creations of various members of the object design league for the last year plus selling the skin bud vases by the mighty bear cats, members of the league very swiftly, we are very excited to be hosting a pop up store black friday, nov 27,2009. read more
this is the official call for entries so if any of you readers are qualified read on. we will post reminders and updates as the time nears.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

l'eclaireur reopens in paris with design by arne quinze

l'eclaireur in paris has reopened with the design by arne quinze. This is unique and not about commercialism, it is about taking a new turn, relooking, and following a vision.
follow the link to read the entire article at www., a comprehensive design blog.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

paris and hotel gabriel

i am in paris for maison objet, searching for a few great things to add to our offerings of new design. staying at my favorite new hotel in the 11th near oberkampf, a few blocks walk to the marais and the bastille area. this is a great area, not touristy, great small restaurants, interesting small shops. this little hotel is wonderful, newly renovated, organic and bio breakfast and has some of my favorite products, korres from greece.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dominique Pouchain

Dominique Pouchain
Ceramique Artist, France
Le Promisse le Feu
I bought this wonderful ceramic platter in south of France last summer and while researching the artist, whose name was familiar, but not one I had bought before i found this information. After contacting him I was sent this link to a video on him in his studio preparing for his current exhibition in Le Pin, not far from Paris. His studio is in the south not far from Avignon.

Ceramic stoneware plate in gray glaze with scrafitto decoration of horse signed, Dominique Pouchain. Pouchain is a contemporary artist and son of the French ceramic artist Rolande Jacques Pouchain. His work often is in the motifs of animal imagery, the bestiaire from his childhood imagination. HIs current work is much more sculptural and fantasie.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

matt light by ilot ilov at pavilion

Pavilion in Chicago in its effort to present unusual design has discovered the Matt Light by IlotIluv Design Group from Berlin, Germany.Found at the Colgne Furniture Fair and now showing and selling in our gallery at 2005 N Damen Ave, Chicago Il. 60647.

Ilot Ilov Design Group is part interior design, product design, part concept design, installation, architecture all combined to create their singlular vision.The Matt light was recently exhibited at Salone di Mobile, Milan 2009, “Made in Berlin” in the Zona Tortona.

“The knitted light object Matt promises its user a high level of entertainment. It is made for being moved and played with. Through the use of an environmentally friendly energy saving bulb, there is no heat emission and Matt can be your friend all the way through long, platonic reading nights. “ ilot illov dimensions: 12 metres or 39 ft

object design league

in our effort to support young and new design and the future:

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

skin series bud vases by the mighty bear cats

the skin series bud vases are made of a heat sensitive plastic that when in contact with temperatures above 250 degrees will shrink in size. at first glance the vases appear to be made of a thin fragile porcelain, however once the vase is picked up it is found to be soft and flexible. because each vase is hand made and produced individually no two are exactly alike, however they all retain similar characteristics allowing the size and style of any vase to fit in with the others. we just received another edition of them at pavilion.
designed and produced by the mighty bearcats.

Friday, July 17, 2009

i was in paris a few weeks ago on a small buying trip, and as always my eyes are open to something new in paris. after visiting the black store by comme des garcons i was just walking in the marais and happened upon an artist about to open at a new design galerie i had not previously known, but of course it had just opened a few months ago. isabelle mesnil and her next level galerie. i enjoyed some lovely swiss bubbly wine and talked with the artist nicolas le moigne and isabelle about the vision of the galerie and his work. visit the site for more information and perhaps visit it the next time you are in paris.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Roger Tallon Module 400

roger tallon exhibited his work M400 series in Paris in 1965 at galerie lacloche along with other artsits, philippe hilquily, pol bury, miguel berrocal, marie-claude de fouquieres, arman, rancillac, and philolaos. he is also widely known as the industrial designer whom designed the TGV and ancillary signage for the metro system of paris. of course one must not forget his famous watches. tallon's M400 series was also used in the incredible 1968c french film directed by Jacques Deray "La Piscine" with alain delon and romy schneider and a very young jane berkin. an incredible film with fabulous french and italian furniture and art.
chair available at pavilion

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Yonel Lebovici

"In enlarging everyday objects and highlighting their smallest detail.... vital parts of our everyday lives." Yonel Lebovici
available at pavilion
In nickel chrome. 1969.
Edition Distrimex
500 examples produced
In the permanent collection of Musee Lebovici 15 square de Vergennes 75015 Paris.

rick owens curial chair

Watch this video to understand Rick Owens view of his furniture.

We have this Curial Chair in the gallery now. Numbered 17/25.

It is a beautiful sculpture as is his fashion, stores in NYC, London, Paris.

Rick Owens, fashion designer came to Paris in 2003 to create for Revillon. After opening his own creative house he began a collection of furniture to suit his aesthetic for his own home. Owens has said that he " tries to make clothes like Lou Reed makes music, minimal chord changes and direct" Raw and refined, like art and architecture.

Influenced by Le Corbusier and Brancusi.

rick owens curial chair and his collection is featured on dezeen: so follow this link.

available at pavilion in chicago

Sunday, June 7, 2009

michel boyer

Michel Boyer x stools. Designed in 1968. To be used as stools or inverted and used as tables with glass plateau. Michel Boyer is an important French designer of the period, he designed important pieces for the Banque de Rothschild on rue Lafitte in Paris. He designed for Lanvin, Balmain and Dior as well. In 1975 he designed the French embassy in Brazil and in 1985 the French embassy in Washington. Many of his pieces are included in the Mobilier Naitonal of France.
available at pavilion

matt light

matt light by ilot ilov design group of berlin, germany. Inour search for new design, both smart and playful we now have this wonderful light in our gallery.
A long tube of knit merino wool ending in an eco bulb.
Can be hung and manipulated by the user or artfully positioned on a table. The matt light was recently exhibited at the salone di mobile in milan, 2009, zona tortona " Made in Berlin".