THE DESIGN CATALOGUE


Profiles of the artists who sculpt and influence the pinnacle of design in architecture, interiors and furnishings as well as the Gallerists who hunt and support the Arts Decoratif.

All episodes are minimum 25min duration unless stated otherwise.

DESIGN & DECORATION Series 4 [20x26min episodes]

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.1 Zaha Hadid Architects - Patrick Schumacher - Joint Managing Partner

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE (born 31 October 1950) is an Iraqi-British architect. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004—the first woman to do so—and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. Her buildings are distinctively futuristic, characterized by the "powerful, curving forms of her elongated structures" with "multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life".

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 ep2 Tomasso Brothers [UK], David Tunick [NY] , Paul van Rosmalen Borzo [Holland]

Dino Tomasso

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art was established in 1993 and is based at Bardon Hall, Leeds. Dino and Raffaello are recognised internationally for specialising in important European sculpture from the early Renaissance to the Neo-Classical periods with a particular knowledge of European Renaissance bronzes. They also have interests in several other fields including Old Master paintings, antiquities, fine furniture and objects. They have promoted and supported, through loans and exhibitions, major international institutions such as the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; the Centro Internazionale, Carrara; The National Gallery, Prague; and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. In addition, the company has advised a number of private collectors of European sculpture and Old Master paintings and made significant sales to some of the world's most prestigious museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Bode Museum, Berlin; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, (Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and Rienzi Collection): The Liechtenstein Collection, Vienna; Yale Center for British Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Tomasso Brothers Fine Art was one of the sponsors of the landmark show Bronze at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2012.

David Tunick

Works of art on paper: old master and modern prints and drawings David Tunick, Inc. was founded in 1966. We specialize in fine prints and drawings from the 15th to the mid-20th century. Our gallery is housed in an elegant townhouse on the Upper East Side, and we welcome visitors who are interested in works on paper by such masters as Rembrandt, Dürer, Goya, Fragonard, Matisse, Picasso and many others. We are a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), Chambre Syndicale de l’Estampe (Paris), the Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d’Art (CINOA), the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), and The European Fine Arts Foundation (TEFAF). Additionally, we participate in the ADAA Art Show, the TEFAF Maastricht Art Fair, and the IFPDA Print Fair on a yearly basis. We work with major museums and private collectors throughout the world, and our clients include such leading institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the National Gallery of Art (Washington), Yale University Art Gallery, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Chicago Institute of Art, the British Museum, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Our inventory is extensive, and we welcome inquiries. In addition to buying and selling works on paper, we also provide cataloguing, authentication, and appraisal services.

Paul van Rosmalen Borzo [Holland]

20th century art Borzo is one of the oldest established art galleries in The Netherlands. In Modern Art the gallery has a special focus on international avantgarde movements from the 20th Century, often with Dutch roots, such as “De Stijl” and “NUL” (Zero). Furthermore the gallery shows Geometrical Abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, Nouvelle Ecole de Paris and Minimalism, a.o. The Contemporary Art section shows internationally renowned artists, primarily from The Netherlands. In 1824 the Italian-born Joseph Borzo settled in 's-Hertogenbosch and married Anna Sala, compatriot and the daughter of immigrants, descendants of a family of art dealers from Leiden and The Hague‘s Hertogenbosch. In 1924 Jan van Rosmalen sr. bought the property and the firm, carried on the business and steered it through the crisis and war years. The next generation: Jan van Rosmalen jr., later with two younger brothers, took over after liberation, continuing the business and in the following decades further expanded it into a leading art dealership in The Netherlands. When Paul van Rosmalen took over Borzo in 1987, he knew that his ambitions and interests in the history of art were different: the core of the collection shifted from 19th to 20th century, from Haagse School to Ecole de Paris, from Amsterdamse School to De Stijl, Nul and Minimalism, from impressionism to expressionism, from the Dutch sphere of interest to art with greater international significance. More attention would also be paid to contemporary art.."

 

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DESIGN & DECORATION S04 ep3 Gianmaria Buccelatti [IT]

Gianmaria & Luca Buccellati

Gianmaria Buccellati carries on the noble traditions in jewellery, silverware and watches. Every piece is designed by Gianmaria himself or by his son Andrea, and they personally follow the process of realization, interacting with the jeweler-artisans and giving them the right directions. This “personalization” of production, entrusted to artisan’s manual skills, makes Buccellati jewels unique as well as incomparable. Hidden behind a Buccellati object there is a philosophy which expresses, like in art, an aesthetic choice, defining the canons of a style: discretion, class, harmony. Buccellati is still a family enterprise, with members of the second and third generations involved in many facets of the company’s activities.

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.4 Johnny Van Haeften [London], Angela Westwater- Sperone Westwater [NY], François Laffanour[Paris]

""JOHNNY VAN HAEFTEN

17th century Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings

Johnny Van Haeften, although of Dutch origins, was born and educated in England. After leaving Christie’s in 1977, he formed Johnny Van Haeften Limited and opened the present gallery at 13 Duke Street, St. James’s, in 1982. For thirty-three years he has pursued his passion for seventeenth century Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings and is now the only London dealer specialising in this field. Johnny Van Haeften is a former council member of the British Antique Dealers Association and has previously acted as Vice Chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the European Fine Art Foundation and is a member of the Reviewing Committee for the Export of Works of Art.

Angela Westwater SPERONE WESTWATER

Sperone Westwater Fischer was founded in 1975, when Italian art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone, Angela Westwater, and German art dealer Konrad Fischer opened a space at 142 Greene Street in SoHo, New York. (The gallery's name was changed to Sperone Westwater in 1982.) An additional space was later established at 121 Greene Street. The founders' original program showcased a European avant-garde alongside a core group of American artists to whom its founders were committed. Notable early exhibitions include a 1977 show of minimalist works by Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Sol Lewitt; seven of Bruce Nauman's seminal early shows; eleven Richard Long exhibitions; and the installation of one of Mario Merz's celebrated glass and neon igloos in 1979 -- part of the gallery's ongoing dedication to Arte Povera artists, including Alighiero Boetti. Renowned American artists Bruce Nauman and Susan Rothenberg have been with Sperone Westwater since 1975 and 1987, respectively. They are joined by established and internationally-recognized artists, including Guillermo Kuitca, Richard Long, Malcolm Morley, Evan Penny, William Wegman and Not Vital, as well as a younger generation of artists like Bertozzi & Casoni, Wim Delvoye, Kim Dingle, Charles LeDray, Tom Sachs, Jan Worst and Liu Ye. Sperone Westwater also has in its inventory work by Carla Accardi, Alighiero Boetti, Lucio Fontana, Heinz Mack, Piero Manzoni, Mario Merz, Otto 'Piene, Julian Schnabel, Richard Tuttle, and ZERO Group. In September 2010, Sperone Westwater inaugurated a new Foster + Partners designed building at 257 Bowery in New York. Today, over 35 years after its conception, the gallery continues to exhibit an international roster of prominent artists working in a wide variety of media.

Francois Laffanour DOWNTOWN

For more than thirty years, FrançoisLaffanour has been recognized as one of the very earliest visionary champions of Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Le Corbusier. At a very early stage, his intuition steered him towards Ron Arad, to whom his gallery has already dedicated two solo shows, in 2005 and then in 2008. In tandem, he collaborated on his public exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou in 2008, as well as at the MoMA in 2009."

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DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.5 AEDES [Berlin] & Joe Davis [US]


Kristin Feireiss

Aedes was founded in 1980 by Kristin Feireiss and Helga Retzer († 1984) in Berlin-Charlottenburg as the first private architecture gallery in Europe. In memoriam Kongresshalle Berlin was the title of the opening exhibition, which became a groundbreaking success. In 1985 the architecture forum Aedes West moved to the S-Bahn vaults at Savignyplatz. In 1995, under the name of Aedes East, another branch was opened in Hackesche Höfe in Berlin-Mitte by Kristin Feireiss together with her partner Hans-Jürgen Commerell. Since 1996, the team is reinforced by Ulla Giesler, cultural scientist..

Joe Davis:

Joe Davis (US) is an artist, researcher and scientist who works at, among other places, MIT’s Department of Biology. He has developed new biological art forms and numerous uncategorizable works at the nexus of art and science. It sounds like science fiction, but it is not. On planet Earth, sophisticated manufacturing processes with full-fledged assembly lines have been running in many different kinds of factories for hundreds of millions of years. Nature evolved biological techniques for large-scale production and manufacturing of a huge variety of specialized materials long before human beings ever existed. Homo sapiens, in turn, have historically exploited many such natural factories to obtain a long list of essential commodities simply because comparable materials could not otherwise be efficiently produced. Even today, biologically assisted methods of production are often put to use with relatively little understanding of the underlying chemical and molecular operations. In recent decades, science has revealed details about some of these operations. Since nature is almost always much more efficient than human industry, researchers are focusing on various biological processes that can be put to work for humanity. The promise of this research is that microbial machinery will eventually carry out many operations now carried out by heavy industry, but with fewer resources and without environmental pollution. Biological Radio addresses this interface of biology and technology.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.6 Jean-David Cahn [Basel], Sebastien Barquet [NY], Applicat Prazan [Paris]

Jean-David Cahn Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities

Jean-David Cahn AG was founded in 1999 and continues a proud family tradition which reaches back for almost 150 years. The first catalogues of the Münzhandlung Cahn appeared in 1863 in Frankfurt am Main. After Hitler ascended to power, the company was forcefully arianised. The family emigrated to Basel and refounded the company. It was succeeded by Münzen und Medaillen in 1941. In 1988 Herbert A. Cahn, Honorary Professor of Numismatics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg im Breisgau, spun off the antiquities department and founded H.A.C. Kunst der Antike. Following Herbert A. Cahn’s retirement, the company was dissolved in 1998. Subsequently, a new company, Jean-David Cahn AG, was formed by his son. Jean-David Cahn retained his father’s specialisation in ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian art. In addition to this, he endeavoured to create a dialogue with other forms of art. This lead to interdisciplinary exhibitions such as „Apollon und Dionysos“ (1999) and „Augenblick und Ewigkeit“ (2004) with the renowned dealer in old master paintings, Konrad Bernheimer. Jean-David Cahn studied Classical Archaeology in Basle. In 1988 he worked for the Antikenmuseum Basle und Sammlung Ludwig, whose collection of arms and armour he published. He also contributed to the catalogue of the exhibition „Glories of the Past: Ancient Art from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Collection“ which was shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1990. Jean-David Cahn joined Sir John Boardman in Oxford to prepare his doctorate on decorated arms and armour in 1989. He was Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College from 1990-1996. Furthermore, he is a founding member of the IADAA (International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art) and a sought-after expert in questions on the art trade. He has, for instance, advised the Council of Europe. He is currently preparing a publication on the arms and armour in The Sackler Museums, Harvard University, and directs various Vetting Committees on ancient art, for instance that of TEFAF Maastricht. He is also a Board Member of IADAA, VSAK (Verband Schweizerischer Antiquare und Kunsthändler) and TEFAF.

Nicholas Kilner

Sebastian + Barquet Gallery was established in New York in 2005 with the intention of providing collectors with access to the finest available examples of 20th Century Design. Sebastian + Barquet has two locations in New York’s Chelsea design district and maintains a presence at the principal design fairs worldwide. With a focus on masterworks of American and European design of the 1940’s -1980’s, the gallery is dedicated to presenting well-curated, museum-quality exhibitions that celebrate the works of established masters while simultaneously showcasing the work of lesser-known designers. The gallery’s exhibited artists include international designers who have left an indelible mark on the design landscape, such as Buckminster Fuller, Vladimir Kagan, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, Gio Ponti and Jean Prouvé.

Franck Prazan

Ecole de Paris from the 50´s

Since its creation, Applicat´s vocation has always been to exhibit and support the Paris School of the 50s and more especially the Abstract, Cobra and Surrealist movements. Due to its action outside the Parisian gallery, it has contributed towards reviving unquestionably new ideas, but that the last two decades had unfortunately forgotten. Today, that period of the history of Art has rightfully found its place: an essential place. Bernard Prazan, an art-collector of long standing, founded his first gallery in 1989. Specialized since its inception in top quality paintings by the principal Artists of the Post-War School of Paris, Applicat-Prazan settled down in 1993 at 16 rue de Seine, on the Left Bank in Paris in the very heart of the art gallery district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The end of 2010 saw the opening of a second address on the Right Bank at 14 avenue Matignon. Since 2004 Franck Prazan has been running the gallery: Before succeeding his Father, he was formerly Managing Director of Christie’s in France. As such, he oversaw its development from a simple representative office to a fully fledged auction house, moving the company to the Avenue Matignon in Paris.."

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 no.7 Koopman [London], Karsten Greve[Paris], Ole Hostbo [Copenhagen]

Lewis Smith

Koopman Rare Art grew from the 1993 merger of E & C.T. Koopman & Son and Rare Art London. Historically, we have put together some of the most prestigious antique silver collections of the last sixty years. Most famously the Al Tajir Collection, the Packer Collection and the A.H. Whiteley Trust Collection, to name a few. We have also been working side by side and supplying many museums worldwide. These include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Indianapolis Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Gallery of South Australia; the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology, Oxford; the Royal College of Physicians; and the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, amongst others. The company is well-known for holding one of London's largest stocks of top quality English silver . Of particular note would be the work of Robert Garrard , Paul Storr , and Paul De Lamerie , but this is far from the limit of our specialisation. In 2005 we held a unique exhibition on Rundell Bridge and Rundell. Following on from this success we held an exhibition in 2010 called "The Classical Ideal". Both of these events were combined with a charitable event to help firstly The Princes Trust and then The Sir John Soane's Museum.

Galerie Karsten Greve in Cologne, Paris, Milan and St. Moritz

Karsten Greve, born in 1946, studied law and art history in Cologne, Lausanne and Geneva. He started his career as an art dealer and publisher in 1969. Since 1970, together with Rolf Möllenhof, he operated the Möllenhof/Greve gallery. He opened the first of his own galleries at the beginning of 1973 with a debut showing of a solo exhibition by Yves Klein in the gallery building at Lindenstraße, Cologne. His intimate face-to-face contact with foremost artists, such as Cy Twombly, Jannis Kounellis, John Chamberlain, Louise Bourgeois and others, provided the basis for his program’s quality, which is defined by international avant-garde after 1945. Apart from Twombly, Kounellis, Chamberlain and Bourgeois, this includes artists like Joseph Cornell, Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Louis Soutter and WOLS. During his 40 successful years as an international art dealer, Karsten Greve significantly contributed to the worldwide recognition of artists like Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Lucio Fontana, Gotthard Graubner, Jannis Kounellis, Piero Manzoni and Cy Twombly. In addition to this, the gallery also represents "young artists" for many years, like Norbert Prangenberg, Paco Knöller, Peter Schmersal, Leiko Ikemura, Loic Le Groumellec and Carole Seborovski, as well as the photographers Sally Mann, Adam Fuss and Lynn Davis.

Ole Hostbo

Dansk Møbelkunst gallery specializes in 20th Century Scandinavian design. The gallery is a leading authority in Danish historical design from 1920–1970, with particular emphasis on rare modernist furniture and lighting. Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery specializes in rare, original works of Danish furniture that were created during 1920-70, when a circle of craftsmen, architects and designers erased the distinction between works of art and functional equipment for everyday life.Established by Ole Høstbo in 1992, Dansk Møbelkunst takes its’ name from the Danish word for Furniture Art, a term that is rooted in the handicraft tradition and signifies a synthesis of aesthetics, utility and craftsmanship. During the twentieth century, møbelkunst evolved from the reproduction of historical styles to the creation of truly modern furniture that relied on beautiful materials, rather than applied decoration, and finely-crafted details for its’ aesthetic value. The gallery’s expertise encompasses both handcrafted masterpieces and iconic works of industrial design. ."

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DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.8 Sladmore [London], Tornbuoni[Italy], Christophe de Quénetain [Paris]

Edward Horswell

19th and 20th Century Sculpture

The Sladmore Gallery has its origins in a private collection of nineteenth century bronze animal sculpture, assembled by Jane Horswell in the 1960’s at Sladmore Farm in Buckinghamshire. In 1968 the gallery moved to the three floor mews premises off Berkeley Square, where Sladmore Contemporary is still located today, in the heart of London’s Gallery district. The Sladmore Gallery with its collection of 19th and 20th century sculpture is now located nearby at our recently refurbished new Jermyn Street

Gallery Tornabuoni

International modern and contemporary art Also present in Italy (Florence, Milan, Portofino and Forte di Marmi) and in Switzerland (Crans-Montana). Highly specialized in Italian Art from the second half of the XXth century (Alighiero e Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Dadamaino, Piero Dorazio, Lucio Fontana, and Piero Manzoni), Tornabuoni Art also proposes permanent works by international avant-garde artists of the XXth century (Picasso, Miro, Kandinsky, Hartung, Poliakoff, Dubuffet, Lam, Matta, Christo, Wesselmann, Warhol, and Basquiat, just to name a few) as well as by the main artists in the Italian Novecento (De Chirico, Morandi, Balla, Severini and Sironi).

Christophe de Quénetain (Paris)

Furniture and Decorative arts Born in 1974 in Paris,

Christophe de Quénetain studied at Lycée Kléber in Strasbourg and at the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg, France, where he obtained a Law degree. ?He read History of Art at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and had two BAs with honors in "Histoire des arts appliqués à l'industrie" (History of Industrial Decorative Arts) and "Architecture, Décor et Ameublement des Grandes Demeures" (Great house's architecture, design, decoration and furnishing). Christophe also studied with skilled cabinetmakers of the famous Ecole Boulle where he developed wooden works expertise. After training at the Centre de Recherches Historiques sur les Maîtres Ebénistes (Cabinet Maker Research Center), he joined in 2000 the Galerie Chevalier in Paris where he was in charge of the documentation and the organisation of major international fairs –Biennale Internationale des Antiquaires and TEFAF- and of the show –"Tapisseries coptes, textiles d'Egypte IVe-XIIe siècle". Galerie Chevallier is specialised in the finest French, Flemish and European tapestries, working for museums and prominent collectors (Copt tapestries, Egyptian textiles from the 4th to the 12th Century). After completing his thesis at the Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes in Paris, he gave lectures on Fine Arts at Christie’s Education in Paris from 2002 to 2007. Christophe also joined the international auction house, Pierre Bergé & Associés in 2005 where he was the director for French and Continental Furniture and Fine Arts department. At Pierre Bergé & Associés, Christophe developed a strong professional relationship with an international client basis of prominent collectors, renowned interior designers and curators from major international museums. Christophe's knowledge and expertise have been acknowledged and recognised by senior curatorial staff of major international museums, as Musée du Louvre, Chateau de Versailles in France, the Frick Collection in New York, the Norton Simon Museum in Passadena, the Huntington Collection in San Marino, the John P. Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in Ottawa, Canada... with whom he has kept a strong relationship.

 

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.9 Oceanic [Paris], Krugier[Geneva] , Kugel [FRA]

Anthony Meyer

Oceanic Art from Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia and Australia Specialized in the Fine Art of the traditional cultures of the South Pacific islands for over twenty years, Anthony JP Meyer is the author of "Oceanic Art" ( Könemann, Köln, 1995) and numerous thematic catalogues. He has organized more then thirty exhibitions in his Parisian gallery. Anthony JP Meyer is a recognized expert in Oceanic Art and advises public institutions and private collectors with regard to acquisitions and collection managment. GALERIE MEYER - OCEANIC ART is a Primitive Art gallery in Paris devoted exclusively to the fine and early Tribal Arts of Oceania.

Marie-Anne Krugier

Among the most influential and distinguished art dealers of his time, Jan Krugier was also among the wealthiest; he once reportedly turned down $100 million offered by a Spanish museum for Picasso's Liebespaar (The Couple). Yet he and his wife, a Polish princess, lived comparatively simply, at a house in Geneva scarcely large enough to contain his own collection, described by one London connoisseur as "probably the greatest private collection of drawings in the world". An iconoclast who ignored convention, Krugier organised stunning shows of art with unexpected juxtapositions, combining African ceremonial objects and Old Master drawings with, for example, some of the most important names in modern and contemporary art. Krugier's galleries in Switzerland and New York, specialising in 19th- and 20th-century art, handle works by painters such as Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Francis Bacon, Balthus, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse. Abandoning youthful hopes of becoming an artist himself, Krugier established his first gallery in Geneva in 1962, heeding the advice of his friend, the Italian sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti, who suggested he become an art dealer. The New York branch opened in 1987. .

KUGEL

Nicolas and Alexis Kugel are the fifth generation of antiques dealers, their company having been founded in Russia by their great-great-grandfather Elie Kugel. At the end of the 18th century, Elie was a collector of clocks and watches and persuaded his son Joseph to become a clock repairer and he subsequently went on to deal in both clocks and antique silver and jewellery. His grandson Matias, Nicolas’ and Alexis’ grandfather, was also an antiques dealer in Minsk and St Petersburg. Their father Jacques, who was born in Russia in 1912, emigrated to Paris in 1924 and established his business first on the rue Amélie and then on the rue de la Paix after the war, specialising in silver and gold boxes. Jacques expanded the business to deal in fine furniture, works of art and sculpture. Jacques Kugel opened the highly prestigious gallery at 279 rue Saint-Honoré in 1970, building his reputation and acquiring important clients from around the world. Nicolas and Alexis Kugel took over the gallery when Jacques died in 1985 and have continued the family tradition of sourcing the finest antiques and works of art to be found anywhere. Since 2004, Nicolas and Alexis Kugel have moved to Hôtel Collot, 25 quai Anatole France, built in 1840 by the distinguished architect Louis Visconti (1791-1853) for Jean-Pierre Collot (1764-1852), director of La Monnaie (the French Mint). Numerous highly important sales have been achieved over the years, notably in 1994 the prestigious collection of 16th century Limoges enamels from the collection of Hubert de Givenchy, the finest in private hands, and the remarkable Armoire au char d’Appolon by André-Charles Boulle, also from the celebrated designer’s collection. An early 16th century mother-of-pearl silver-gilt mounted casket, made by François I’s goldsmith Pierre Mangot, allegedly the greatest surviving example from the French Renaissance, sold to the Musée du Louvre in 2000 for an undisclosed sum but was said to be the most expensive object ever acquired by this museum. More recently, a double headed bronze conceived by Primaticcio, from the collection of Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé, made for the King François Ier for his Château of Fontainebleau, was sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum.

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 no.10 James Mayor, Fernando Botero

James Mayor

Dada, Surrealism and International Pop-Art The Mayor Gallery, was the first Gallery to open its doors in Cork Street. Founded by Fred Mayor (1903-1973) in 1925. Many artists exhibited for the first time in England at the Mayor Gallery and they included, amongst others, Bacon, Calder, Ernst, Klee, Masson, Miro and Paolozzi. The Mayor Gallery was also the centre of UNIT ONE, a group that included Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash, Edward Wadsworth, Edward Burra and others. James Mayor, Fred´s son, took over the Gallery in 1973 since then the Mayor Gallery has shown the work of many leading American artists. They include: Hesse, Lichtenstein, Martin, Oldenburg, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Ryman, Twombly, Warhol and Wesselmann. The Gallery continues to show the works of leading American Pop artists, but remains London's foremost Gallery for Dada and Surrealism.

Fernando Botero

"Fernando Botero's distinctive style of smooth inflated shapes with unexpected shifts in scale is today instantly recognizable. It reflects the artist's constant search to give volume presence and reality. The parameters of proportion in his world are innovative and almost always surprising. . Today Fernando Botero divides his time between Paris, New York and Tuscany. His paintings, sculptures, and drawings are exhibited and represented in museum collections throughout the world."

 

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.11 Diego López de Aragón Aragon [SPAIN], Maki Namekawa/NOHlab/Plato Media Lab, Giuseppe Piva


Diego López de Aragón -

Medieval and Renaissance works of art. Old Master Paintings . The gallery´s origins date back to the 1930´s with Felix Lopez de Aragon’s, the Elder, profound interest in the arts, resulting in a large collection of paintings, antiques and works of art. The gallery was founded in 1967 by his son Felix Lopez de Aragon, the Younger, first in Vizcaya and later in Madrid, who began dealing in the international art-market exhibiting in Frankfurt, Florence, Paris, Basel, Palm Beach and finally at the Tefaf Fair in Maastricht for the last 14 years together with his son Diego Lopez de Aragon, currently running the business.

Maki Namekawa:

Deep Space Music brings together sound and image, music and computer animation in a way that transforms the projection space into a setting for intimate experiences. In it, Japanese pianist Maki Namekawa will play a program of works by three visionary composers who are also regarded as great thinkers. Her piano concert musically celebrates the 60th birthday of Ryuchi Sakamoto (JP) and Philip Glass’ (US) 75th, and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Cage (US). Prix Ars Electronica prizewinner Canda? ?i?man (TR) and a crew from NOHlab/Plato Media Lab (TR) will contribute an extraordinary live visualization. In order to provide Ms. Namekawa with latitude for spontaneous improvisation, ?i?man and friends will be working live in real time, though, in doing so, they’ll have recourse to a repertoire of prepared graphic elements that are the outcome of an intensive process of encounter with the respective pieces of music.

Giuseppe Piva

Japanese Art (Milan)

Giuseppe Piva deals in a range of Japanese works of art, including armour, helmets, swords, screens, netsuke and lacquers. www.giuseppepiva.com

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.12 Ben Brown Gallery London,[ incl Candida Höfer] Sophia Vari Botero

Ben Brown

Ben Brown founded Ben Brown Fine Arts on London’s Cork Street in January 2004 after spending 10 years as a director of Sotheby’s’ Contemporary Art department, and two years as co-managing director of Waddington Galleries. Ben Brown Fine Arts has a particular focus on 20th Century Italian Art, exhibiting works of established artists such as Lucio Fontana, Alighiero Boetti and Mimmo Rotella alongside internationally renowned gallery artists such as Ron Arad, Tony Bevan, Candida Höfer, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Heinz Mack, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Matthias Schaller, Not Vital and Jan Worst. Consequently, the gallery has become attractive to those collectors with an appreciation for the old as well as an eye for the new.

Sophia Vari Botero

Born in 1940 in Vari near Athens. Lives and works in Paris and Pietrasanta in Italy Figurative at her beginnings as sculptress in 1975, Sophia Vari gradually finds an intense plentitude in freeing herself from the subject in order to measure herself against Time and Space. She discovers with passion the structure of the planes, the monumental. Her forms becom tangled, gather themselves, soar skywards, kink, unfold in extension, merge in ease. As Greek, she refuses what is approximate and her sense of perfection leads her to a rigour in her studies and search (her numerous journeys incite her to). Though abstract, her sculptures keep from her original land a certain classicism.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.13 Peter Eisenmann [USA] & Adi Hoesle [GERMANY]

Peter Eisenmann

Peter Eisenman (born August 11, 1932) is an American architect. Eisenman's professional work is often referred to as formalist, deconstructive, late avant-garde, late or high modernist, etc. A certain fragmenting of forms visible in some of Eisenman's projects has been identified as characteristic of an eclectic group of architects that were (self-)labeled as deconstructivists, and who were featured in an exhibition by the same name at the Museum of Modern Art. The heading also refers to the storied relationship and collaborations between Peter Eisenman and post-structuralist thinker Jacques Derrida.[1] Peter Eisenman's writings have pursued topics including comparative formal analyses; the emancipation and autonomization of the discipline; and histories of Architects including: Giuseppe Terragni, Andrea Palladio, Le Corbusier and James Stirling. While he has been referred to as a polarizing figure,[citation needed] such antagonistic associations are likely prompted by Colin Rowe's 1972 criticism that the work pursues physique form of European modernism rather than the utopian social agendas (See "Five Architects," (New York: Wittenborn, 1972)) or more recent accusations that Eisenman's work is "post-humanist" (Perhaps because his references to the Renaissance are 'merely' formal). While his apathy towards the recent "green" movement is considered polarizing or "out-of-touch", this architect-artist (with drawings held by major collections) was also an early advocate of computer aided design. Eisenman employed fledgling innovators such as Greg Lynn and Ingeborg Rocker as early as the 1989.[citation needed] Despite these claims of polarity and autonomization, Eisenman has famously pursued dialogues with important cultural figures internationally. These include his English mentor Colin Rowe, the Italian historian Manfredo Tafuri, George Baird, Fredric Jameson,[citation needed] Laurie Olin, Rosalind Krauss and Jacques Derrida.[2] In addition to his vast literary contributions (as editor, curator, and writer) and professional practice, Eisenman's reputation as a critic and professor of architecture is similarly famed..

Adi Hoesle

Adi Hösle: Paint pictures at a computer without the use of your hands, keyboard or mouse. Brain Painting lets you produce images with the conscious activity of your brainwaves, which a brain-computer interface (BCI) and special software translate into actual pictures. The principle is: painting by thinking. And this opens up previously unimaginable expressive possibilities—for example, for paraplegics. What’s behind it is a psychological research approach in use at the University of Würzburg, which artist Adi Hoesle (DE) has been investigating to find out which brainwaves or neuronal patterns are best suited to creating art.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.14 Weiss [London], Maison Parisienne [Paris] , Art Jewels [London]

"Mark Weiss

The Weiss Gallery is the leading dealer in Tudor, Stuart and North European Old Master portraiture, and it is a pleasure to welcome you to our website where you will find an unequalled selection of historical portraits for sale. We would also encourage you to visit our splendid gallery, which is located at 59 Jermyn Street, in the heart of prestigious St James’s. Over the past decades, The Weiss Gallery has made many notable sales , which now grace distinguished private and public painting collections around the world. One of the gallery’s main strengths is its dedication to research. Indeed the many catalogues that we have produced over the years have become essential reading for scholars and collectors alike.

MAISON PARISIENNE

Jean-Marc Dimanche & Florence Guillier Bernard

There can be nothing exceptional without talent and French craftsmen are unique in this respect, combining culture and tradition, knowledge and expertise. Beyond the manual skill, there is a work of art; and beyond the work of art, there are the men and women whose everyday life is steeped in the outstanding art of rare objects and luxury materials. Imagine a company without a catalogue, a company that does not discuss products or ranges, a company in which every item is unique because it is made by the hand and heart of Man. maison parisienne is that company, offering a collection of rare objects created from the passion and expertise of a handful of craftsmen who design and make the most outstanding and most beautiful items possible, each in his or her own craft form. maison parisienne is that company, discovering and rediscovering a French lifestyle, showing audacity and contemporary design, working to pass it on and share it with enthusiasts, the initiated, collectors of emotions and lovers of the unusual and curious...

ART JEWELS Didier Haspeslagh

Didier Haspeslagh and Martine Newby Haspeslagh launched the gallery in 2006. It specializes in artist's jewels by post-war painters and sculptors and silver and gold wares by leading 20th century designers and architects. www.didierantiques.com Since 2006 Didier Ltd has specialized in jewels designed by leading Modern Masters, painters and sculptors who are recognized internationally for their art, while the fact that they also created jewels often comes as a surprise. These jewels can be very intimtate expressions of their art, made either as unique pieces, often as personal gifts for family and friends, or produced in small limited editions. They are regarded by their creators as valid expressions of their art, small sculptures that were designed to be worn. Currently the gallery has over 200 jewels by over 100 different artists that date primarily from the 1940s to 1980s. With this historical perspective, the gallery is uniquely placed to acquire only the finest examples and does not deal in re-issues or pieces produced by artists' estates. After being neglected for fifty years this overlooked expression of the artists’ oeuvre is now regaining international recognition..

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 no.15 Ortner & Ortner [Vienna] & Seiko Mikami [Japan]

Prof. Laurids Ortner, Prof. Manfred Ortner,

Laurids: Studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).Co-founded the architect and artist group Haus-Rucker-Co in Vienna in 1967. Professor at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz from 1976–87. Since 1987, Professor of architecture at the Art Academy Düsseldorf.

Manfred: Studied painting and art education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. From 1971–87 Atelier Haus-Rucker-Co in Düsseldorf with Günter Zamp Kelp and Laurids Ortner. Since 1994 Professor of Design at the architectural school FH Potsdam.

Seiko Mikami [interview with Soichiro Mihara and speech by Andreas Broeckmann]

Seiko Mikami’s large installation “Desire of Codes” demonstrates how the boundaries between the body of data in the virtual world and the physical body in the real world are becoming blurred in the context of Information Society. The nightmarish setting of this interactive work consists of three parts: a white wall on which 90 insect feeler-like objects with build-in surveillance cameras are mounted (Ninety Wriggling Wall Units); six giant robot arms equipped with video cameras and laser projectors hanging from the ceiling (Six Multi-perspective Search Arms); and a round projection surface 3.5 meters in diameter. This Compound Eye Detector Screen resembles an insect’s multifaceted eyes. Visitors become cognizant of being in the viewfinder of a perfect piece of surveillance machinery. Highly sensitive cameras and microphones register the slightest movement and sounds beyond the range of human hearing. Whatever is registered is stored in a high-performance databank that is the actual core of “Desire of Codes.” On the large screen, installation visitors experience the real-time projections of their own images; these sequences are interspersed by older footage within the system as well as images from surveillance cameras in public places worldwide.


 


 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.16 Patrick Matthiesen [London], Otto Jacob [Germany]

Patrick Matthiesen

Old Master and 19th-century paintings The Matthiesen Gallery was founded in 1978 by Patrick Matthiesen, son of renowned Berlin and London dealer Francis Matthiesen, who had arranged the sale of pictures on behalf of The Hermitage. Now entering it fourth decade, this purpose-built gallery in the heart of St. James’s, has built an established and formidable reputation as a leading international dealer in important Italian, French and Spanish artworks, dating from the 14th Century up to and including many of the major nineteenth century schools. Beginning in 1981 with their exhibition Important Italian Baroque Paintings 1600-1700, the Matthiesen Gallery established its continuing commitment to mounting exhibitions accompanied by scholarly catalogues which not only fostered art historical discussion, but also in some cases, introduced new areas of connoisseurship and collection to the London and international markets. Other major exhibitions of Italian art include Early Italian Paintings 1300-1480 (1983); From Borso to Cesare d’Este 1450-1628 (1984), an extraordinary show of Ferrarese painting, which was presented with the co-operation of the Italian Government; and other dedicated exhibitions of later baroque paintings (1985 and 1986), Emilian paintings (1987), and rococo and early neo-classical paintings of the settecento (1987). Later, in 1996, the gallery mounted a landmark exhibition of Italian primitives, Gold Backs 1250-1480. This exhibition, which effectively introduced the study and connoisseurship of these rare works to the London market, was accompanied by a fully illustrated hardback catalogue written by several of the most renowned authorities in this field. To mark the turn of the millennium, in 2001 the gallery released a major catalogue of Italian art covering the period 1500-1720, which included the discovery of a painting attributed to the young Raphael. The following year the gallery published a newly discovered Andrea del Sarto. The gallery has also published other dedicated studies on Polidoro da Caravaggio, Jacobello del Fiore, Gaspare Vanvitelli, Francesco del Cairo, Niccolo Ranieri, and a rare and intact suite of important Florentine baroque paintings depicting The Four Seasons. The gallery’s commitment to French art has resulted in several successful exhibitions mounted in conjunction with the former Stair Sainty Matthiesen Gallery in New York, including Romance and Chivalry, an exhibition of ‘troubadour’ paintings (1997) and a survey of French landscape painting, The Gallic Prospect (1999). The gallery’s other dedicated studies of French painting include works on Jean-Baptiste Chardin, Jean-Victor Bertin (2004) and Jacques Blanchard (2008), the last two being at the time the first English language studies of these artists as well as an exhibition of French Painting 1789 - 1848 . Also in 2004 the gallery organised the exhibition Plein-air painting in Europe 1780-1850, a travelling exhibition of over 100 works of art, which was shown at the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum, Japan, The National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia and was accompanied by a catalogue including contributions from some of the most recognised curators and collectors in this field. In 1996, the gallery launched An Eye on Nature: Spanish Still Life Painting, which included masterworks by Luis Meléndez, Tomás Hiepes, Juan Sánchez Cotán, and Francisco de Zurbarán. Many of these works and indeed, this genre of painting had not been seen outside of Spain prior to the landmark exhibitions at the Kimball Museum, Fort Worth and the National Gallery in London. In the autumn of 2009 the Matthiesen Gallery continued its involvement in Spanish art with our exhibition The Mystery of Faith: An Eye on Spanish Sculpture 1550-1750 organised in association with Coll & Cortes, Madrid, the exhibition ran concurrently with the National Gallery’s ground-breaking show, The Sacred Made Real, Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600-1700. In 2010 the gallery issued a catalogue on James Ward entitled The Lioness and a Heron.

Otto Jacob

At 17 years old Otto Jakob began to teach himself to make jewelry. Inspired by the magic and artistic power of Etruscan, Celtic and Hellenic masterpieces, he learned their complex techniques using treatises by Pliny and Cellini. Between 1977 and 1980 he studied painting with Georg Baselitz. Since 1980 he has devoted himself exclusively to the creation of jewelry.

 

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.17 Simon Woodroffe YO SUSHI [UK], & Timo Toots [Estonia]

Simon Woodroffe OBE

(born 14 February 1952[1]) is an English motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He started the sushi chain YO! Sushi in 1997,[2] and has appeared as a 'Dragon' on the first UK series of Dragons' Den. Simon left Marlborough College towards the end of the 1960s, at the age of 16, with 2 O-levels. He went on the road with the likes of Rod Stewart and The Moody Blues before becoming a stage designer. After a spell in television, he conceived and launched YO! Sushi in 1997. The business established conveyor belt sushi bars featuring call buttons, robot drinks trolleys, Japanese TV, self heating plates and other such novelties. Woodroffe was able to launch the business without start-up capital. At the time that his first restaurant opened, despite having customers queuing down the block to get in, he could not get financing from his bank – and he preferred not to work with angel investors. Instead, Woodroffe went to his largest supplier and asked them for extended terms to pay off his debt. To his surprise, the supplier agreed.

Timo Toots

Timo Toots (EE) has been producing interactive art projects that analyze, comment on and reflect upon developments in Information Society. Memopol-2 is a social machine that maps the visitor’s information field. When an identification document such as a national ID card or a passport is inserted into it, the machine starts collecting information about the visitor from (inter)national databases and the Internet. The data is then visualized on a large-scale custom display. People using the machine will be remembered by their names and portraits. The Cyrillic spelling of the installation’s name refers to George Orwell’s concept of Big Brother from his dystopian novel 1984. Over the past decades, technology has transformed the surveillance of society. When surfing the Internet, paying with an ATM card or using an ID card, people leave their digital traces everywhere. The Internet and social networks gather and provide a great deal of personal information, and a person’s profile is no longer constituted by his or her physical being alone. Background checks through Internet search engines and social network sites have become routine. Memopol-2 enables us to make a thorough background check on ourselves, mirroring our virtual image.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.18 Gregg Baker [London], Berko [Belgium], Aardewerk [NL]

Gregg Baker

The Gallery's main focus is on antique Japanese paper screens carrying the largest stock in Europe. We also offer a range of Buddhist art, dating from the Heian period (782-1184) onward. Other works of art include metalwork, lacquer, cloisonné, scrolls and scholar's objects not only from Japan but also selected works from China and Korea. We have been a strong supporter of Asian Art in London since its inception in 1997, holding a themed exhibition in the autumn of each year. In an effort to raise awareness of Japanese art, we give gallery talks to clients and to students from both SOAS and the British Museum which is always a great pleasure. Patrick Berko 19th century and early 20th century European paintings

Berko Fine Paintings

With galleries in Knokke-Zoute and Shanghai, Berko specialises in 19th century and early 20th century European paintings. Its main area of interest and research is 19th century Belgian paintings and it has issued various publications on this subject. Berko Fine Paintings covers the main genres of the 19th century: animaliers, seascapes, genre scenes, flowers paintings and still-lifes, landscapes and vedutas and Belle Epoque scenes. Born into a family of art and antique dealers, Patrick Berko has always had a passion for the academic, realist, orientalist and romantic schools of painting in addition to the Belle Epoque period of the early 20th Century. With his wife, Viviane, he has opened galleries in Knokke-Le-Zoute (in 1976), Paris (in 1978), Brussels (in 1983), Antwerp (in 1984), New York (in 1987), Tokyo (in 1989) and in Shanghai (in 2008). Specialists in quality European paintings. Patrick and Viviane Berko share their passion with their children Maximin, Irina and her husband Nicolas de Waziers, who manage the gallery in Shanghai.

Emiel and Esther Aardewerk [Holland]

Founded by Abraham Aardewerk in 1970, the family has now entered its fourth generation of antiques experts. With its traditions firmly rooted in the city of The Hague, the company’s history goes back to the turn of the 20th century, when Abraham’s grandfather started his own antiques shop on the Paviljoensgracht. Abraham’s parents later established their firm in the Lange Poten. In November 1970 Abraham and his wife Magdie opened their own showrooms at the Jan van Nassaustraat in The Hague. Emiel and Esther, having been raised amidst antiques, joined their father in the business in 1995. They are continuing to expand the firm’s expertise in antique Dutch silver and have been instrumental in further adding a department of fine jewellery.

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.19 Salon dessin [Paris] Charles EDE [London], NOMOS[Zurich]

Herve Aaron

Since1991, the Salon du Dessin, which was created by a small group of art dealers, is a reference for art lovers. The yearly event, in the historical building of the Paris Stock Exchange, attracts collectors from all around the world to Paris - but not only collectors. Experts, museum curators, academics and art lovers gather during this international event of major importance to the art market, equal to Maastricht TEFAF or the Paris Biennale des Antiquaires. Presided over by Hervé Aaron, the Salon du Dessin is a showcase for internationally renowned galleries, carefully selected by the committee of French art dealers who founded the fair. During this unique week in Paris dedicated to drawings, the selected galleries bring to light their most beautiful works on paper from the French, Italian, English and Northern schools... From Tiepolo to Delacroix, from Guercino to Louise Bourgeois, from Ingres to Bonnard, more than 1000 drawings will be presented to the public in the exceptional setting of the Palais Brongniart.

Jamie Ede

Classical antiquities and Egyptian works of art Established in 1971,

Charles Ede Limited is the Leading London-based dealer in Classical and pre-Classical Antiquities from Greece, Egypt, Cyprus and the Near East. All items are fully researched and are sold with an unconditional guarantee of authenticity.

Peter Weiss NOMOS[Zurich]

Coins and Medals (Ancient, Medieval & Renaissance)

Nomos AG, based in a newly renovated building in the central old town of Zurich, specializes in rare and beautiful ancient, medieval and renaissance coins and medals. The firm was founded by Dr. Alan Walker, who serves as Director and Dr. A. Peter Weiss, who serves as Board Chairman. Objects are presented by private treaty sale, through a yearly fixed price list catalogue and at an annual public auction. Our clients are worldwide and include major institutions such as the Harvard Art Museum and Princeton University. ."

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S04 No.20 Kalman Maklary[Budapest], Trevor Philips [London], Heim[Paris]

Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts (Budapest)

The Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts gallery is dedicated to the artists of the Post-War School of Paris. Especially the Abstract and Surrealist movements with artists like Judit Reigl, Simon Hantai, François Fiedler, Alfred Reth, Arpad Szenes, Endre Rozsda and Victor Vasarely. Through it’s exhibitions outside the Budapest based gallery and it’s publications of books and catalogs, it has worked towards reviving unquestionably important artists, some of whom the last decades had unfortunately forgotten. The gallery works with museums and art collectors and develops with them long-term relationships of trust. Today, some of the gallery’s artists have already rightfully found their place in the major modern art museums around the world. It also handles and represents works by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Paul Kallos, Geza Szobel, Etienne Sandorfi, Tibor Csernus, Andre Balint and Kamill Major.

Saf Waterman

Mr Trevor Waterman is founder and chairman of the family run company and his son Saf Waterman managing director. Trevor Philip & Sons Ltd. has been at the current address since 1986 and specialises in antique globes, early scientific instruments including barometers, surveying instruments, microscopy, astronomy, navigation and time keeping, and more recently naval binoculars. Members of the British Antiques Dealers Association, the company exhibits once a year at TEFAF in Maastricht and has links with numerous international museums. Mr Waterman is a founder of the Scientific Instrument Society and the company supports various academic projects in many museums.

Jean-François Heim

Located near the Elysée Palace and in the heart of the famous "Faubourg Saint-Honoré" area where numerous art dealers are established, Jean-François Heim Gallery presents a collection of Old Master and 19th-century paintings, sculpture and drawings. Looking at the artistic world with a new and even scientific eye, Jean-François Heim supplies private collectors as well as french and foreign museums. He regularly publishes catalogues and is the author, in collaboration with his brother, of "The painting Salons during the Revolution". He is finishing another book, on the Salons of the Consulate and Empire periods.

 

 
   

 

 

 

 
 

DESIGN & DECORATION Series 3 [20x26min episodes]

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.1 Gisele Croes, Baccarart & Richard Feigen

" Gisele Croes "The Empress"

"The Chinese art market is a $1 billion-a-year trade and it can be dangerous and frightening," she said. [...] She said her market was also long on cloak-and-dagger. "I've been accused of being everything from a smuggler to an agent for the Chinese secret police," Croes said. "The mystery of my reputation is only painful when it's a lie." Colin Sheaf, 53, deputy chairman of Bonhams auction house in London and the company's Chinese art specialist, spoke of Croes's reputation in the trade.... "Gisele is remarkable at finding treasure," Sheaf said. "She's part of the world's most elite group of dealers, handling a quality of Chinese merchandise that auction houses can only dream about."

Baccarat French Glass & Crystal Maker

In 1734 King Louis XV of France gave permission to found a glassworks in the town of Baccarat in the Lorraine region in eastern France to Prince Bishop Cardinal Louis-Joseph de Laval-Montmorency (1710-1802). Production consisted of window panes, mirrors and stemware until 1816 when the first crystal oven went into operation. By that time over 3000 workers were employed at the site.[3] 1817-1867 Baccarat received its first royal commission in 1823. This began a lengthy line of commissions for royalty and heads of state throughout the world. In 1855 Baccarat won its first gold medal at the Worlds Fair in Paris. Baccarat first began marking its work with a registered mark in 1860. The mark was a label affixed to the bottom of the work. In the period 1846-1849 Baccarat signed some of their high quality glass millefiori paperweights with the letter B and the year date in a composite cane. A special paperweight dated 1853 was found under the cornerstone of a bomb damaged church in Baccarat when construction recommenced after World War 2. The crystal production expanded its scope throughout this period, and Baccarat built a worldwide reputation for making quality stemware, chandeliers, barware, and perfume bottles.

Richard Feigen

A well-respected art dealer, passionate collector and outspoken critic of cultural modes, Feigen (Yale Class of 1952), is just as likely to be found seated front and center bidding for a major painting at an auction house in New York City as selling one to the Louvre in Paris. A prominent figure in the world of art for more than 50 years, Feigen opened his first art gallery in Chicago in 1957, soon following with galleries in New York, and although his public persona as an art maven is well known, his private passions as a collector are not.

 

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DESIGN & DECORATION S03 ep2 Bosendorfer Pianos & Landau Fine Art Dealers

"Bossendorfer [Vienna]

People from all parts of the world love Vienna for its beauty, its flair and its central position in European culture. Many famous musicians and composers, such as Rubinstein, Brahms, Bartok, Grieg, Mahler, Strauss and many more have lived or worked in Vienna; and all of them also had some connection with Bösendorfer. The lively, mutually inspiring exchange with the artists made Bösendorfer a cherished symbol of Vienna's musical tradition. What makes a Bösendorfer so special is not magic: Each Bösendorfer grand piano is the work of an entire year - and the know-how that has been passed on from generation to generation since 1828, starting with Ignaz Bösendorfer.

Robert Landau [Montreal, Canada]

Landau Fine Art is a family-run gallery that is unique in Canada since it is the only venue in the country where museum quality works of international masters can be found. Robert and Alice travel extensively not only to exhibit their latest acquisitions at the Basel, Chicago, Maastricht and Paris art fairs but also to search out important works from private estates. It is hardly surprising that so many dealers and collectors from around the globe make regular visits to Montreal (only 50 minutes by air from New York) for a private view in a gallery where works by Picasso, Miro, Leger, Moore, Chagall, Giacometti, Jawlensky, Dubuffet, etc., abound and where the Austrian master, Hundertwasser, can be discovered."

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 ep3 Delvaux Leathergoods & Augarten Porcelain

"Delvaux Leathergoods [Brussels]

Founded in 1829 in Brussels, Delvaux is the oldest fine leather luxury goods company in the world. Delvaux has remained a family-owned company, precisely because it wants to protect such values as ethics, quality, exclusivity and elegance, and to be able to deliver an authentic luxury experience to its customers, based on their expectations. Delvaux is first and foremost about the product: handmade following the oldest craft traditions, using the finest leathers, created by renowned designers in limited editions to guarantee exclusivity. Products made with taste and perfection, to last generations.

Augarten Porcelain [Vienna]

Augarten porcelain is world-famous for its delicate and graceful shape, its clean lines and exquisite details. Combining sophisticated craftsmanship, artistic design and the latest technical equipment, Augarten uniquely blends time-honoured tradition with a contemporary approach to art. The finest porcelain is still produced and painted by hand in our manufactory at Augarten castle just as it has always been. Located at the geographical crossroads of European cultures and as one of the oldest European names in porcelain, Augarten Wien has symbolised the continuity of timeless Viennese tradition, art and culture for almost 300 years now."

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.4 Peggy Guggenheim & Shen Shaomin

"Philip Rylands, Peggy Guggenheim Venice

Located on Venice’s Grand Canal, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is one of Europe’s premier museums devoted to modern art. With masterpieces ranging in style from Cubism and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, the collection has become one of the most respected and visited cultural attractions in Venice.

Shen Shaomin

Shen Shaomin (born China 1956) has connected art and life, craft and the mechanical, in major sculptural installations covering themes of war, futuristic crisis, scientific abomination and the manipulation of nature. One of the most critically and socially aware of contemporary Chinese artists, his works use ancient Chinese culture to comment on contemporary ecological issues, politics and technology. In the early 2000s, Shen created a series of imaginary, 'extinct', monstrous creatures made from bone. In 2010 Shen has presented a hypothetical meeting of the most significant communist leaders in history whose life-sized bodies rest in crystal coffins."

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.5 Maximo Riera, Dejana Kabiljo & Jerome Eisenberg

"Maximo Riera [Madrid]

Maximo Riera’s The Animal Chair Collection are art pieces, which one can just so happen to sit on. Not that many of us would. Sparing no effort or expense, the Spanish artist blended the best of cutting edge technology with expert craftsmanship. This includes three-dimensional computer modeling, a CNC milling machine, an internal frame, as well as over 30 professionals for the entire project.

Dejana Kabiljo [Vienna]

The multidisciplinary artist and designer Dejana Kabiljo currently lives and works in Vienna. After graduating in architecture at the University of Belgrade and receiving a Master Degree in design from the Domus Academy in Milan, she took up the post of Art Director at the Vienna Museum of Technology. Two years later, she started her own professional practice for design and architecture and was lecturer at the University of applied Arts in Vienna. She launched her own design brand Kabiljo Inc and had the chance to showcase her first collection in exhibitions at the MAK in Vienna. Kabiljo had personal exhibitions all over the world, amongst others in Tokyo, London, Milan, Vienna, of which, the humorous PRETTYPRETTY collection, which consists of hairy bar stools, poufs and chairs, was perticularly successful..

Jerome Eisenberg, Royal Athena [NY] Antiquities

Royal-Athena Galleries currently offer one of the widest ranges of antiquities available anywhere in the world, including Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Egyptian, and Near-Eastern sculpture and vases as well as Classical coins, 17th to 19th century prints and 19th century photographs of Classical and Egyptian subjects. They have been dealing in ancient art for more than 46 years and the founder and director Dr. Jerome M. Eisenberg is internationally recognised for his expertise in the field."

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.6 Hans Hollein & David Elliott

"Hans Hollein [Vienna]

Hans Hollein studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, Masterclass for Architecture Prof. C. Holzmeister, Diploma 1956; at IIT, Chicago (1958-59) Architecture and City Planning and at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) 1960. Hans Hollein was professor for Architecture at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf 1967 - 1976, he was professor for Design from 1976 to 1986 and professor for Architecture from 1976 until 2002 at the University of Applied Art in Vienna where he also acted as Dean of the Architecture Department from 1995 to 1999. He was guest professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, at the Yale University in New Haven and at the Ohio State University in Columbus.

David Elliott

David Elliott (1949-) is a British-born art gallery and museum curator. After studying history at the University of Durham, and History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art Elliott worked as an exhibitions officer at the Arts Council of Great Britain, after which he served as director of the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford from 1976 to 1996. Elliott's programme at Oxford included exhibitions of art from Latin America, Asia, South Africa, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Elliott was then Director of the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art) in Stockholm from 1996 to 2001. From 1998 to 2004 he was President of CIMAM [the International Committee of ICOM for Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art]. In the 90's he curated a big exhibition 'Art and Power" exploring the relationship of Art with the totalitarian regimes in Europe in the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition was shown in various museums across the world. Between 2001 and 2006 Elliott was the director of Tokyo's Mori Art Museum, a large privately-endowed museum devoted to contemporary - particularly Asian - art, architecture and design. He was recently appointed Director of Istanbul Modern starting January 2007, a post which he resigned from on October 16th, 2007. Elliott is Artistic Director for the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 'THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age'"

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 no.7 Malborough Gallery, Lobmeyer & Adrian Sassoon

"Gilbert Lloyd, Marlborough [UK] [Francis Bacon's dealer].

Impressionists and Post-Impressionists Twentieth Century European Masters German Expressionists Post War American Artists International Contemporary Artists

Lobmeyer Glass [Vienna]

Lobmeyr is working steadily on a contemporary interpretation of glass, always in the awareness of the own tradition. The interest in glass, practiced in our daily work, and the dialogue with our artisans, designers and customers have time and again led to innovations. In 1835, Josef Lobmeyr equipped the table of the imperial court with the "prism cut drinking set" and received the title of a "Purveyor to the Imperial and Royal Court". The plain drinking set No. 4 by Ludwig Lobmeyr from 1856 can be found in many current design bibles. With the drinking set from 1905, Stefan Rath revisited the Viennese Baroque. The muslin drinking glass set by Josef Hoffmann was created together with designers of the Vienna Workshop. In 1929, the drinking set No. 248 by Adolf Loos anticipated the shape of a plain chalice that is valid to this day. "Ambassador" and the spherical boxes by Oswald Härdtle received the Grand Prix of the International Jury at the "Art Deco" exhibition in Paris in 1925. In 2007, Ted Muehling subtly combined style elements of different epochs in his chalice set.

Adrian Sassoon [UK]

Adrian Sassoon is the UK's leading dealer in contemporary ceramics, glass, silver and jewellery. Operating out of offices in Knightsbridge, London, Adrian Sassoon exhibits unique, museum-quality works of art at some of the world's most prestigious Art Fairs. Adrian Sassoon primarily represents UK-based artists, however the portfolio has expanded to include highly respected Japanese, Australian and Italian designers. Work can be viewed year-round, by appointment, in the London office."

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.8 Talent Gallery, And i & Georg Laue

"TALENT Gallery, Anne Moreau [Paris]

Talents, the new boutique opened by Ateliers d’Art de France, aims to become the reference point for contemporary art professionals. Displaying the latest trends, it features unique items and limited editions created by more than 100 craftsworkers, as well as exclusive creations.

Andreas Eberharter [Vienna]

andreas eberharter’s approach to design is that of a sculptor who seeks free access to expressions of artistic form. he uses new and unusual materials such as aluminum and acrylic glass, but also swarovski crystals and pearls or cubic zirconia.

Georg Laue [Munich] "Kunstkammera"

Georg Laue, a very passionate collector himself, offers works of art made of precious materials like ivory, rhinoceros horn, stag horn, gold and silver, rock crystal, coral, serpentine and amber. As natural curiosities, such exotic materials were already considered valuable collectibles. They become even more precious once turned or carved by the most gifted artists who worked at the European Renaissance and Baroque courts. Being art historian, Georg Laue is well provided with literature, not only on his favourite subject: amber treasuries. He gives information as well as estimations on art objects. Since 1999, Georg Laue is publishing his own series of elaborately designed catalogue books in collaboration with scholars and museum curators, dealing with various aspects of Kunst- and Wunderkammer."

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.9 Numen For Use & Moretti Gallery

"Numen For Use

Christoph Katzler [Vienna] - Featuring TAPE INSTALLATION in Melbourne.


Sven Jonke, born 1973 in Bremen, Germany Design degree from the Study of Design in Zagreb. Christoph Katzler, born 1968 in Vienna, Austria Design degree from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Nikola Radeljkovic, born 1971 in Sarajevo, Bosnien and Hercegovina Design degree from the Study of Design Zagreb. The group was founded in 1998 and since then developed products with Cappellini, Interlübke, Desalto, MDF Italia, Moroso, Magis, Zanotta and others. Interiors and events are designed in close collaboration with graphic and multimedia designers Jelenko Hercog and Toni Uroda under the label NUMEN.

Fabrizzio Moretti [Florence]

Situated at the heart of Florence, between Palazzo Strozzi and Santa Maria Novella, the Galleria Moretti was open to the public, and to major public and private collectors, on September 1999 with the inauguration of the exhibition "From Bernardo Daddi to Giorgio Vasari" and immediately distinguished itself by its specialization in Italian, and especially Tuscan, old masters. The constant effort of documentation and study permitted a new exhibition to be presented in September 2007: "Dagli eredi di Giotto al primo Cinquecento". In pursuit of the promotion of great Italian painting, a new gallery has been opened to the public in London, in the capital's prestigious New Bond Street. It aims to be a point of reference for those collectors of old masters from the 14th to the 18th century who seek a confidential and discreet approach."

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 no.10 Perrin, Bhomer & Zilverberg

"Perrin Gallery Paris

Founder Jacques Perrin and his son Philippe specialize in exceptional late 17th- to early 19th-century French furniture, painting, sculpture and decorative objects, displayed in a beautiful three-story mansion on the Place Beauvau.

Marloes Bhomer [London-Amsterdam]

Marloes Ten Bhömer a London based Dutch product designer graduated from the London College of Fashion & The Royal College of Art. She is considered one of the most promising designers of her generation and has exhibited worldwide. Most recently she was nominated for the Grand Brit Insurance Design Award held at the Design Museum. Ten Bhömer’s shoes are both provocative and otherworldly; Her works question our perception of functionality, fusing art and technology to create an origami like production, working with materials ranging from wood to polyurethane resin, tarpaulin, steel and fiberglass. Marloes ten Bhömer is a Hussein Chalayan for the extremities.’ Wallpaper Magazine

Mieke Zilverberg [Amsterdam] Antiquities

Egyptian and classical antiquities, Greek and Roman coins. Mieke Zilverberg is boardmember of I.A.D.A.A. - International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art."

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.11 Bowman, Rotter & Wace

"Robert Bowman [UK] Sculptures

The Robert Bowman Gallery is run by husband and wife team Robert and Michele Bowman who specialise in the dealership of an exceptional range of 19th and 20th Century sculpture collected from Europe, The United States of America and Australia. Robert Bowman specialises in sculpture made of bronze, marble and terracotta. The gallery houses an exquisite range of pieces from early 19th century neo-classical works through romantic, animalier and English new school to symbolist and impressionist.

Hedwig Rotter [Vienna]

Hedwig Rotter graduated from the master class for product design/ceramics under Matteo Thun at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She also studied industrial design under Ramon Beneditto at the Escola de disseny Elisava in Barcelona. In recent years, her projects have included the development of logos; color and trend scouting activities for Hirsch European Watches; the design of a set of hot chocolate mugs for Zotter; and the development of an accessories line for Palmers. Hedwig Rotter participated in a competition sponsored by the Vienna Environmental Agency on the theme of "Viennese Water Pitchers" with the design for a pitcher with accompanying glass. She also took part in the 19th International Biennial for Contemporary Ceramics in 2006 in Vallauris. In the same year, she was selected by the "Talents" program at the Tendence fair in Frankfurt.

Rupert Wace [UK] Antiquities

Rupert Wace has been dealing in Antiquities for over 30 years. The gallery specialises in Egyptian, Classical, Near Eastern and European works of art from Prehistoric times up until the end of the first millenium A.D. It is situated in the centre of London´s art dealing district, at 14 Old Bond Street. Our international clients include private collectors, other dealers and Museums such as The British Museum, The Ashmolean, Oxford, The Metropolitan Museum of Art N.Y., The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio as well as various European museums. Each year we regularly exhibit at three major Art Fairs. Winter Antiques Show, New York; The Grosvenor house Art and Antiques fair, London; and Cultura, Basel."

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.12 Jordy Fu, Bernard De Grunne & Vittorio Serio

"Jordy Fu [London]

Yu Jordy Fu had her first solo exhibition at Beijing Capital Museum at age of six, and her artwork has been published into two books and exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Yu Jordy Fu graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design with a first-class degree in Spatial Design, then a Master of Arts in Architecture from Royal College of Art. In 2005, Jordy was chosen by the British Council to be one of the ten young designers representing creativity in UK in a touring exhibition in China. In 2008 Jordy was commissioned by the Southbank Centre in London to design chandeliers for Royal Festival Hall. Jordy launch her first sustainable product range ‘Cloud Lamps’ (jordyfu.co.uk/shop) in Dec 2008, which received worldwide success and have been published in over 30 architecture and design magazines in 19 countries.

Bernard de Grunne [Zurich] African Art

Antique dealer since 1996, Bernard de Grunne has a PhD in History of Art, Yale University, 1987. He was Director at Sotheby's, New-York and London from 1987 to 1992.

Vittorio Serio [Paris]

Vittorio, trained at the Ecole Boulle school, is a real creator of contemporary furniture. It is sometimes strange but he knows how to invent tomorrow’s craftsmanship. He starts off with an idea and has a final destination in mind, and knows how to take his time to manage the available space and make us evolve with his cabinetmaking that shapes and sizes our way of life."

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.13 Walking Chair & Piva + C

"Walking Chair
Fidel Peugeot & Karl Emilio Pircher [Vienna]


Fidel Peugeot, born Sebastian Rudolf Baumgartner in Basel, Switzerland began studying communications-design with Prof Armin Hofmann, Wolfgang Weingart & Rene Pulver at the University for Design in Basel. During his studies he has already been working as a graphic designer at the renowned agencies GGK, WeberHodelSchmid and Stalder&Suter and toured in a couple of bands as a musician. Next to the written word he also cultivated the spoken: together with Karl Rottweiler he founded the Swiss label&station Radio Glaibasel (RGB107,6) in the 80ties. After stopovers in New York and Paris he finally came to Vienna in 1991. Here he developed the first digitized handwritings, moreover a whole dynasty of pixelfonts for online purposes, the Lomofonts, the “Spruce” and the “Line” for Tyler Brulée and the Wallpaper Group amongst others. Since 2002 Fidel Peugeot has been Linotype font-designer. Additionally Peugeot works in all fields of graphic design, e.g. as illustrator, or as logo designer, like for the Albertina, Vienna. 1999 Fidel Peugeot met the Italian product-designer Karl Emilio Pircher. An immediate mutual understanding led to the establishment of the Walking-Chair Design Studio GmbH in the heart of Vienna.

Piva & C [Milan]

Tomaso Piva follows in the footsteps of his father to offer exceptional works of Italian renaissance art & furniture."

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.14 Belle Etage, Spitzer & Aronson

"Wolfgang Bauer Belle Etage [Vienna]

For over 30 years, the Viennese Wolfgang Bauer has been offering an exceptionally wide-ranging selection of first-class Viennese Jugendstil furniture and art objects in his gallery, "bel etage", located in the centre of Vienna, within sight of the opera. Interiors and objets d'art by the most famous architects and designers of the turn of the 19th to the 20th centuries, such as Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner (along with their students), as well as Josef Hoffmann and Kolo Moser - the best known artists of the WIENER WERKSTÄTTE - are presented on two floors. The range is rounded off with paintings and sculptures by top-class painters and sculptors of the early twentieth century. With great enterprise and a fine nose, the gallery owner succeeds time and again in tracking down and documenting works by the best-known artists of this important period, which has been gaining increasing international recognition over the past few years.

Serge Spitzer

Serge Spitzer (born Romania 1951) is an American artist who uses sculpture, site-specific installations, works on paper, photography and video to question, explore and reflect on the shared reality everywhere. What ties his works together since the 1970s has been the challenging of assumptions. He gives a clue to this by calling his works 'reality models', alerting the viewer to the possibility that what we are looking at is perhaps an altered or amplified aspect of the world around us. Whether transforming architectural spaces by flooding them with hordes of unexpected, incongruous objects, or arranging a seemingly endless piece of thread into a tangle of lines as a 'drawing', Spitzer manages to gift his audience with a sense of wonder.

Robert Aronson [Amsterdam] Delft Stoneware

This elegant gallery on the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat, specializing in Dutch Delftware, is run by Robert Aronson - fifth generation in a traditional family business founded in 1881. The recently refurbished modern gallery displays some of the earliest and rarest objects produced by the Delft factories in the 17th century, as well as a superb collection of 18th-century animals, figures, plaques, chargers and other interesting wares. Additionally, there is a fine selection of Continental furniture also from the 17th and 18th centuries."

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 no.15 Fancsaly, Courtille & Ramon

"Rita Fancsaly [Milan] 20thC Italian design

The gallery, established by Rita Fancsaly and Franco Deboni in 1993, is actually located in Milano, in the Brera district, a few meters from the Accademia di Brera. Under the artistic direction of architect Franco Deboni, one of the best reputed experts in decorative arts of the Twentieth century, author of some books about Italian glass, which are internationally considered as the reference for this subject, the gallery presents a high selection of masterpieces of design, mostly Italian, with a special interest for the designers active in the period between 1930 and 1990. A special attention is given to glass works, a field where, with the effort of Mr. Deboni, we are able to present a stock of museum quality items, from the major firms and designers of the period.

Marion Courtille [Paris]

After studying crafts (cabinetmaking) and then the applied arts, Marion Courtillé occupies the interface between craft and design by establishing her identity through the reassignment of materials. How can one be innovative with a material that has already been worked for many centuries? By using techniques on this material generally applied to other materials. Here, the working of the leather is inspired by wood. The leather is carved, bent, compacted… The transfer perpetuates the illusion, the leather becomes solid, it is worked in depth and in colour

Artur Ramon [Spain] Drawings & Pictures

Artur Ramon is the fourth generation of a family of antique dealers whose business began in the 1920s and set up shop in Barcelona in 1942. In spite of being generalists, ARTUR RAMON ART have always paid a great deal of attention to antique drawing, especially 17th- to 19th-century Spanish and Italian drawings, with five biannual exhibitions under the generic title "Raíz del Arte" ("The Roots of Art", 1993-2003) culminating with the monographic exhibition "El papel del dibujo en España" ("The Role of Drawing in Spain"), in association with the Caylus gallery in Madrid (2006). The catalogues from these exhibitions are regarded as essential to the understanding of Spanish drawing. Artur Ramon is exhibiting at the Salon du Dessin, Paris, since 2009. Artur Ramon has offered his drawings to private collectors from Spain and abroad, as well as to such museums and institutions as the Museo del Prado and the Musée du Louvre."

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.16 AES+F & Van Gelder

"AES + F [Moscow]

Russian based photo-conceptualist group AES (made up of artists Tatyana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovitch, and Evgeny Svyatsky). The artist collective combines conceptual architecture, graphic arts, animation and photography to create fantasy worlds combining classical western mythology with contemporary global consumerism. Their acclaimed work "The Feast of Trimalchio" retells Petronius's epic poem from the "Satyricon" for a twenty-first century audience. Using the imagery of high-fashion, cinema, lifestyle magazines, and luxury design, "The Feast of Trimalchio" is an Olympic-sized orgy of wealth and pleasure.

Bernadette Van Gelder [Amsterdam]

The prime specialisation of Van Gelder is traditional Indian jewellery. The collection consists of jewellery set with a large variety of fine gems, pearls and decorated with different enamel techniques. A second field well represented by Van Gelder are South Sea Baroque Pearls of exceptional size and quality. The pearls are drilled at our own workshop where they are fitted at the client´s individual requirements."

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.17 Michael Goedhuis & Amy Barclay

"Michael Goedhuis

Michael Goedhuis opened Michael Goedhuis Ltd in London in 1989, inaugurating the New York space in January 2002. Mr Goedhuis has spent two decades specialising in early Asian art. He has now returned to London to expand his concentration on Asia and Europe.

The Gallery's principal activities today are the promotion of the best Chinese contemporary art as well as Chinese works of art from the Neolithic period to Modern.

Amy Barclay Experimenta

Administration & Communications Coordinator at Experimenta Media Arts Melbourne Area, Australia | Fine Art Sunday Lights presents a conversation with the curator of Experimenta Media Arts, Amy Barclay. Experimenta is a Melbourne based arts festival focussing on new or innovative forms. Barclay was previously a curator of International Art Exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria."

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.18 Retpen, Baroni & Maierhofer

"Marie Retpen [Denmark]

A designer and maker specialized in blown glass. Her work ranges from conceptual everyday objects to sculptural domestic installations, always with focus on aesthetic and experimentation.


Jean-Luc Baroni [UK]

Jean-Luc Baroni belongs to the third generation of a family of connoisseur art dealers. The family business first opened in Paris in 1919, and moved to Florence in 1967. In 1982, Mr. Baroni went into a 20 years long partnership with the eminent British firm Colnaghi. He now works with his daughter, Novella Baroni, from his gallery in St. James's, London. Mr. Baroni has long been established as a specialist in fine paintings and drawings by Old and Modern Masters. The gallery holds regular exhibitions, produces substantial catalogues that are fully researched and illustrated and participates in a number of International Art Fairs such as the Salon du Dessin and the Master Drawings Week in London and in New York. Alexandra Chaldecott, who worked in the Old Master Drawings Department at Sotheby's for more than a decade, contributes to the team. As part of the service offered by the gallery, Jean-Luc Baroni uses his extensive experience to advise clients on establishing, augmenting and maintaining their private collections.

Fritz Maierhofer [Vienna]


In 1967 I was employed by Andrew Grima in London as a goldsmith and ended up staying in England for three years. In 1969 I was put in charge of the ornamental watch collection for Omega at Andrew Grima. Subsequently, I started to get interested in working with contemporary jewellery. I was mainly influenced by Stella Liechtenstein, Jim Dine and Trova, but also by the many colours of London, which contrasted with the greyness of daily life in Vienna."

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.19 Van der Ven, Bihain & Cesare Lampronti

"Floris Van Der Ven, [Amsterdam]

Vanderven & Vanderven Oriental Art, specialises in Asian art with an emphasis on Chinese and Japanese export porcelain. Also included are early bronzes and terracotta objects dating from as early as 3000 BC as well as Chinese works of art and colonial furniture. Sinds 2008 there is a specialist Japanese department. The firm has sold to numerous private collectors, decorators, museums and historic houses in the world. Every sale should be a festive occasion, where the client should feel happy with the object and the sale process. We aim to provide all the academic information with our object in a written report. We also offer a door to door delivery service. The client therefore buys with full confidence and utmost convenience. The business is run from offices in an historical building in the centre of the medieval town of 's-Hertogenbosch.

Michael Bihain [Brussels]

Having trained as a butcher and as a carpenter, Michaël Bihain studied interior design at the St Luc Institute in Liège and at the University of Hull in England. He is currently working with companies and distribution firms on developing furniture, jewels and accessories. He has set up the BIHAINprod studio in London which deals exclusively with the conception of unique creations for private customers. Michaël Bihain also produces some of his products such as ‘OYON’, the first mural fruit basket. He currently teaches furniture conception at the St Luc Institute. His works are regularly exposed at exhibitions in Paris, London, Milan and some of his pieces are part of the permanent collection of the Seoul’s Design Museum. He has been nominated for the ‘Award Design Report’ in Milan 2007, won the ‘Help for creation and innovation’ prize and has been chosen to design the furniture of the British Council in Paris.

Cesare Lampronti [Rome]

Cesare Lampronti specialises in old master paintings since 1961 and from that period is very active on the international scene and in auction rooms. He has published since 1983 more than 12 catalogues about gallery's exhibitions focusing on still-lifes, landscapes and views of Italian and Flemish artists from the 17th and the 18th century."

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S03 No.20 Endlich,Otto Schmidt & A la Vielle Russie

"Dick Endlich [Haarlem]

Since 1969 John Endlich's gallery is located in the centre of Haarlem. His specialty is 17th, 18th and 19th century (mainly) Dutch silver, objects of vertu and gold. Throughout the last four decades he used his expertise, confidentiality and knowledge of the (inter-)national art market to accompany collectors in building their collection. He offers a big selection of silver used for the interior like candlesticks, teapots, brandy bowls, snuffboxes etc. Over the past 25 years, he sold important objects to renowned museums such as the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. His son Dick joined in 2002 to provide for continuity in the future.

Friedrich Otto Schmidt [Vienna]

Friedrich Otto Schmidt, a company that has specialized in planning and producing interior furnishing as well as in the competent restoration and reproduction of old furniture, is located at the sumptuous rooms of Palais Chotek. According to the company's tradition, furniture of all periods has been manufactured since 1853. The company "Friedrich Otto Schmidt" was founded in 1853 and is run by the fifth generation of the family. At the turn of the century, the brothers Max and Otto Schmidt cultivated friendly relations with many renowned artists. Outstandingly succesfull was the cooperation with Adolf Loos, who designed furnishing such as the famous "Elephant's Trunk Table". Since 1891, the company has been located at Palais Chotek. The modern workshops are situated in the garden of the building.

A La Vieille Russie [NY]

Mark Schafer


A La Vieille Russie specialises in European and American antique jewellery , gold snuffboxes, and objets de vertu. Goldsmith and jeweller Carl Fabergé was a client, and today we are recognized as international experts on his works. A La Vieille Russie also deals in Russian decorative arts, including silver, porcelain and enamel, as well as Russian paintings and icons. We maintain a strong exhibition schedule, including the seminal 500-piece loan exhibition of Fabergé in 1983. A La Vieille Russie was founded in Kiev, moved to Paris at the time of the Russian Revolution, and ultimately to New York."

 

 
 
DESIGN & DECORATION Series 2 [15x26min episodes]

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep1 Sevres Porcelain Manufactory

David Cameo SEVRES

The Sèvres company was founded in 1738.[1] In 1740, the Vincennes manufactory was created, with the support of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour. In 1756, the factory moved to Sèvres, near Madame de Pompadour's Bellevue Palace. This new building, 130 meters longer, was built between 1753 to 1756 with Lindet as architect. It became a royal factory in 1759. Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis served as artistic director of the Vincennes porcelain manufactory and its successor at Sèvres from 1748 to his death in 1774. Louis-Simon Boizot was director between 1774 and 1800; Alexandre Brogniart director between 1800 to 1847; and Henri Victor Regnault director beginning in 1854.

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DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep2 Sergio Riva DILMOS, Colnaghi

DILMOS Sergio Riva

Dilmos was founded in 1980 as an exhibition space for designer furniture. The articles selected were intended to be the most representative examples of modern design, side by side with furniture made by firms representing the contemporary style of the eighties. There was also an area for holding exhibitions and the result was that Dilmos started interacting more directly with the world of design, personally choosing which designers to work with and their articles. This commitment was the fruit of a growing awareness of the value and poetical significance of objects: a profound interest that led Dilmos to deal essentially with articles distinguished by a strong communicative and narrative force. Since 1985, when an exhibition dedicated to Alessandro Mendini was held, Dilmos has increasingly tended to choose designers and articles that fully express a philosophy where each piece of furniture is a representation and at the same time a key to the designerÌs deeper thoughts, a way of communicating and interacting with the world. Hence an object that communicates and not merely functional but not just a symbolic object-subject, a mute emblem of our hyper-communicating society either: this is the aim of DilmosÌs research, which is constantly working, debating and striving to outdo itself. No uniform stylistic design can be seen in the articles found at Dilmos; the consistency cannot be seen in the designers whose work has been displayed over these years but rather in the interactions and the mutual desire to treat the articles animating a home or a space as elements that virtually receive its thoughts and, through their great narrative ability, transmit its poetry and intentions. The languages of the designers are therefore many, because the gestures and thoughts of each one are many, but that does not mean that they are incommunicable. This is the thinking behind some of Dilmos Ìs experiences while working to make it possible for languages and poetries to communicate with each other.

COLNAGHI Jeremy Howard

If Paul Colnaghi had emigrated to America in 1783, as Benjamin Franklin advised him to do, London would be without one of its oldest and most celebrated Galleries. Instead, Colnaghi went to work for Anthony Torre, whose father had established businesses in Paris and London. Anthony Torre's London premises enjoyed a reputation for stocking the finest wares of celebrated engravers. When Paul Colnaghi joined him in 1783, they soon moved to a superior address at 132 Pall Mall, and by 1788 the younger Colnaghi had taken control of the business. Paul Colnaghi was to raise the small business to a status unsurpassed in the art-dealing world. There were difficulties in the beginning; as a result of the French Revolution and the ensuing disorders, trade with the Continent suffered. Colnaghi, however, managed to weather the storm by a series of adroit moves. During 1792-1797, he published what is probably the most famous series of English stipple engravings, The Cries of London. At the same time he began to issue engravings of military, naval and patriotic heroes. For instance, on November 7, 1803, when news of Nelson's victory and death at Trafalgar reached London, Colnaghi had already commissioned a portrait engraving. Paul Colnaghi's connections with Europe, his knowledge of languages, and his integrity in business were all of great help to him during this turbulent period. He was able to supply the Government with views of beleaguered towns on the Continent, thus providing information for the besieging armies which would otherwise have been lacking.

 

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DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep3 Paola Colombari, Bentley & Skinner

BENTLEY & SKINNER Mark Evans

Bentley & Skinner, Jewellers by Royal Appointment to both Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, have between them been buying and selling the loveliest jewellery for over 180 years Recently, Bentley & Skinner was charged with producing the DAMIAN HIRST skull which sold at Auction for over $100million - making it the most valuable pieces of modern sculpture.

PAOLA COLOMBARI

Paola Colombari is the daughter of the oldest antique-dealer dynasties of northern Italy. Paola co-founded with her sister Rossella her first gallery in 1981 in Turin., for approximately ten years the Gallery concentrated on the research of twentieth century design, actively participating in the development of modern collecting, with particular attention to the study and promotion of the famous architect from Turin Carlo Mollino. In 1989 the Colombari sisters opened their first Galleries in Milan and divided it into two branches: the Gallery of Contemporary Art and Avant-garde Design curated by Paola Colombari and the Mid-Century Design Gallery curated by Rossella Colombari.At this juncture, Paola Colombari, an innovative and multi-disciplinary figure, decided to branch away from her long experience with mid-century design and veer towards the experimentation of new post-modernist trends with the foundation in 1991 of the brand EDIZIONI GALLERIA COLOMBARI dedicated to the production of Art Design furnitures designed by important Italian and international designers such as: Karim Rashid, Antonio Cagianelli, David Palterer, Garouste & Bonetti, Yaacov Kaufman, Pawel Grunert , Riccardo Dalisi, Luca Sacchetti, Joanna Lyle and has also collaborated with historical designers such as Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass, Andrea Branzi, Mario Bellini, Bob Wilson, and Ron Arad. In 1994, the Galleria began the production of the series “Homage to Carlo Mollino”, with the reproduction of seminal pieces of the architect’s ouevre. In 1990, collaborations with important international galleries and museums were also launched (including the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montréal, Canada - KunsterKolonie Museum, Darmstadt, Germany - Museum of Gent and Oostende, Belgium - Kulturring StadtGallerie, Sundern - Museum of Contemporary Art, Castle of Warsaw, Poland). Colombari also organized exhibitions dedicated to the work of Carlo Mollino for the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, such as the Paris exhibition in 2000 and then in Amsterdam and Brussels in 2001.

 

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DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep4 Haughton, Lalaounis Museum

HAUGHTON ANTIQUES Brian Haughton

Brian Haughton is one of the world's leading dealers in antique ceramics and organiser of six of the most important, influential and prestigious fine art and antiques fairs in the international art market. His gallery, Brian Haughton Gallery (founded 1964), specialising in 18th and early 19th century English and continental pottery and porcelain is conveniently located in the heart of London's West End at 15 Duke Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6DB, U.K. His other important role is as organiser of six premier international fine art and antique fairs held annually in New York, London and Dubai: Art and Antiques Dubai in February (Dubai), The International Asian Art Fair in March (New York), The International Fine Art Fair in May (New York), The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar in June (London), The International Art+Design Fair and the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show in October (New York). He is an exhibitor at The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show (New York), The International Ceramics Fair and Seminar (London) and at Art and Antiques Dubai (Dubai).

LALAOUNIS MUSEUM Joanna Lalaounis

"A piece of jewelry carries a message, has a story to tell . . . It is jewelry with a soul". Ilias Lalaounis, a fourth generation jeweler, has become renowned for creating luxurious gold jewelry steeped in history. Lalaounis creations represent a synthesis of past and present, a unique interpretation of ancient civilisation or culture translated into a modern idiom. Influences as diverse as the Neolithic age, Mycenaean art, the Byzantine era, pre-Columbian architecture as well as science and nature, have all inspired the Lalaounis collections.

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DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep5 Daum, Patrizzi

DAUM Sophie Le Tanneur

Daum is a crystal studio based in Nancy, France, founded in 1878 by Jean Daum[1] (1825–1885). His sons, Auguste Daum (1853–1909) and Antonin Daum (1864–1931), oversaw its growth during the burgeoning Art Nouveau period. Currently Daum is the only commercial crystal manufacturer employing the pâte de verre (glass paste) process for art glass and crystal sculptures, a technique in which crushed glass is packed into a refractory mould and then fused in a kiln.[2] During the Universal Exhibition of 1900 Daum was awarded a ‘Grand Prix’ medal. Daum glass became more elaborate, acid etching (by Jacques Gruber) was often combined with carving, enamelling and engraving on a single piece of glass to produce creative glass master-pieces.[citation needed] The most complicated creations also feature applied glass elements, such as handles and ornamental motifs in naturalistic forms. The Daum brothers quickly moved on to become one of the major forces in the Art Nouveau movement, seriously rivalling Gallé, so much so that when Émile Gallé died in 1904 they became the leaders in the field of decorative glass.[citation needed] In 1906 Daum revived pâte de verre (glass paste), an ancient Egyptian method of glass casting, developing the method so that by the 1930s Daum's window panels used pâte de verre for richness instead of leaded or painted glass.[3] Today Daum still used this method to produce their pieces.

PATRIZZI & CO Osvaldo Patrizzi

Veteran watch auctioneer Osvaldo Patrizzi looked set to change the way buyers and sellers did business in the saleroom. Having controversially parted company with Antiquorum, the company he founded during the 1970s and of which he served as chairman and CEO for more than 30 years, Mr Patrizzi established a new, eponymous house with an ambitious plan. Patrizzi & Co offered a “fresh auction approach” that was going to be “simple, fun and efficacious”. The sales would break new ground in several ways, most notably by not charging buyer’s premium (the amount added to the hammer price of every item sold) with the money being made up by dispensing with expensive-to-produce paper catalogues in favour of digital versions. In addition, massive numbers of lots would be offered in a short space of time in several concurrent auctions at which buyers could bid in the saleroom, by telephone or in real time via the internet. Other “firsts” included a five-year guarantee of authenticity on every lot sold and the option for vendors to sell watches to Patrizzi & Co outright or to consign them for sale for a guaranteed amount, on the basis that the difference between the reserve price and the eventual selling price would be split between vendor and auction house.

 

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DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep6 Tingo Milan, Peter Finer

TINGO - Daniele Lorenzon - Milan

Offering some of the most unique objects from superstar Italian designers

Peter & Redmond Finer

After a short period working at Sothey's in London, Peter Finer started dealing on his own account in 1967. 'Over the years I have met many interesting people in places far and wide. Whether it be in the store room of the Arms and Armour Department of The Metropolitan Museum, New York, or in an antique shop in a back street of Montevideo, the common denominator of all Arms and Armour aficionados is enthusiasm. The most difficult part of dealing is assembling a collection of extraordinary objects that are fresh to the market - collecting that represents thousands of miles of travelling and many hours of negotiating, often with extremely reluctant vendors. Collecting Arms and Armour can give life long satisfaction - there is always something new to learn and something else to buy! My greatest pleasure is to build a collection for a particular client. This can include everything, from advice on acquisition or disposal, to conservation, display and cataloguing. I already have some clients with whom I have dealt for over twenty years, their varied collections are, to some degree, my collections.'

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep7 Wartski, Bernard Dulon

WARTSKI Geoffrey Munn

Wartski is a family owned firm of art and antique dealers, specialising in fine jewellery, gold boxes and works by Fabergé. The firm was founded in North Wales in 1865 by Morris Wartski, maternal great-grandfather of the present day Chairman. The business thrived under the patronage of King Edward VII and a colourful clientele including the Marquis of Anglesey known as the 'dancing Marquis' with his penchant for emerald set ping-pong shirts, and the nocturnal Mr Blair who questioned the spirits in his walled garden before deciding on a purchase.

BERNARD DULON Bernard Dulon

African Art . After a master in ethnology at Paris VII university rather than doing fieldwork Bernard Dulon decides to follow his passion for objects, inherited from his father -a great collector; he opens his first gallery in Saint Germain des Prés where the primitive art trade is already blooming when he is only 24. After moving several times for a larger space, he finally settles at his present address, 10 rue Jacques Callot.His ever growing knowledge buttressed by a permanently enriched reference library added to his deep sense of the object rapidly enable him to join the very exclusive club of the great primitive art dealers and to gain their respect and confidence. In 1985 he becomes a member of the Compagnie Nationale des Experts, he is also a member of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires, and in 1988 he is appointed assessor of the Commission de Conciliation et d’Expertise Douanière. He is regularly called in for several prestigious auction sales (Bellier, Berjonneau, Bégué…) and a member of the expertise commission of the main shows but he does not limit his activity to what he would consider a confinement.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep8 Jean Lupu, Phoenix Antiques,

JEAN LUPU

Jean Lupu

French Period

PHOENIX ANTIQUITIES

Hichaam Aboutam

Antiquities

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep9 Tambaran Polynesian Art, Bernard Steinitz

TAMBARAN

Maureen Zarember

African, Polynesian Tribal Art

STEINITZ & SONS

Bernard Steinitz

French Period

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep10 Jean-Marie Rossi, Georg Jensen,

AVELINE

Jean-Marie Rossi

French Period

GEORG JENSEN

Ulrich Garde Due

Founded in Denmark in 1904, Georg Jensen's jewellery and watches have always represented uncompromising craftsmanship combined with timeless design. Its pure, elegant design style is favoured by millions around the world and it is often quoted as one of Scandinavia's most recognised luxury brands.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep11 Axel Vervoordt, Carlo Orsi

AXEL VERVOORDT - Brussels

Interiors & Rare Collectibles

ORSI GALLERIES - Milan

Rennaisance Antiques

Carlo Orsi

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep12 Stuart Pianos

STUART & SONS PIANOS - Wayne Stuart

Wayne Stuart's love of the piano and his interests in technical and mechanical structures, culminated in a clear vision from a young age - to become a piano maker. Stuart studied piano technology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and undertook postgraduate studies in both Japan and Europe with leading piano manufacturers. In 1983 Stuart developed and implemented a national training course for piano technicians at The North Melbourne Institute of Technical and Further Education. Over the following decade Stuart pursued detailed research and development which led to the building of the upright and concert grand prototypes. The piano project was re-located to the University of Newcastle in 1995 and was run as a research and development initiative of the University's Faculty of Music. Since 2001 the company has traded under Piano Australia Pty Ltd and is a partnership between Albert Investments Pty Ltd and Stuart and Sons Terra Australis Pty Ltd. This unique arrangement has inspired and enabled the construction of over 50 large grand pianos, the most pianos ever handcrafted by an individual Australian maker.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep13 Goulandris Cycladic Art Museum

MUSEUM OF CYCLADIC ART - Nickos Stampolitis

Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris started collecting archaeological objects at the beginning of the ‘60s, after being granted official permission by the Greek state. The collection soon became renowned among scholars because of its exquisite and rare Cycladic objects (marble figurines and vessels), which were published by Prof. Christos Doumas in 1968. The collection was first presented at the Benaki Museum in 1978. Between 1979 and 1983 it traveled to major museums and galleries around the globe: the National Gallery of Washington in 1979, the Museum of Western Art at Tokyo and Kyoto in 1980, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 1981, the Musees Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire and the Palais des Beaux Arts at at Brussels in 1982, the British Museum at London in 1983 and the Grand Palais at Paris in 1983. In recent years, Cycladic objects from the N.P. Goulandris Collection have been presented at the Museo Nacional – Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid (1999), A few years ago, an exhibition of the collection was inaugurated by the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias in the Musei Capitolini in Rome (2006). In 2008 the Museum of Cycladic Art was invited for the Olympics in Beijing to present the Cycladic Collection in the Beijing Art Museum, Imperial City in the Chinese capital. Recently, an archaeological exhibition entitled: Across-The Cyclades and Western Anatolia during the 3rd millennium B.C. was organised in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum and the Sakip Sabanci Museum at the latter in Istanbul.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S02 ep14 Werner Nekes, Anne Lahumiere

EYES LIES & ILLUSIONS Werner Nekkes

Antique Projection & Film equipment exhibition.

Eyes, Lies & Illusions contains more than 500 historic objects, books, prints, instruments and optical ephemera drawn from the Werner Nekes Collection. This extraordinary collection began in the mid-sixties when Nekes, a German experimental filmmaker and professor, started collecting examples of optical phenomena as teaching aids. The Nekes Collection has since grown to become one of the world's most important and encyclopaedic private collections of pre-cinematic media, housing more than 20,000 objects.

LAHUMIERE GALLERY Geometric Art

Anne and Jean-Claude Lahumière founded Galerie Lahumière in 1963. After 25 years staying next to the Parc Monceau in the 17th arrondissement from Paris, they moved to an 18th century building in the heart of the historic Marais district, a stone’s throw from the Picasso Museum. The gallery participated in the emergence of the first international art fairs in cities such as Basel, Paris, Cologne, and Chicago. In the past forty-five years, the gallery has attended at an average of five fairs per year. From 1993 to 2004 Anne was president of the French association of art galleries (CPGA). In 1999, she was elected president of the European Federation of Art Gallery Associations for three years, later she was part of the Conseil des Ventes (organization of control for the auctioneers in France) during four years. Since many years, Galerie Lahumière has strengthened its commitment to geometric and “constructed” abstraction. It represents not only historic artists within this movement — Cahn, Dewasne, Gorin, Herbin, Legros, Magnelli, and Vasarely — but also contemporary and vanguard artists such as Bauduin, Bézie, Bodde, Coignet, Dubreuil, Gasquet, Jacquier-Stajnowicz, Perrot, Pondruel, Popet, Prosi and Stempfel. “More and more,” say the Lahumières, “our role involves mounting educational exhibitions, reinforcing the image of little-known artists. We feel that the concept of ‘constructed’ art is still consistently creative at the start of this new millennium despite the development and constant rejuvenation of the art scene, convincing us of our commitment. The gallery puts its weight behind every work. Our criterion of quality is simple –- we ask whether a work has a place in our own collection, and at that point we can sell it to a collector.”

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep15 Gerard Vaughan, Michel Bernardaud

NATIONAL GALLERY VICTORIA Gerard Vaughan

At Oxford University, where Vaughan researched a doctorate on neo-classical taste, he was offered a job in the vice-chancellor's office that turned into a $1 billion fund-raising campaign. It led to a job running the British Museum's development trust for five years from 1994, then the NGV top job, which has included opening a second complex, the Ian Potter Centre, at Federation Square in 2002. Despite being responsible for a collection that is already huge, with more than 70,000 artworks, and worth about $3.5 billion, Vaughan is eager to buy more. ''For the first 50 years [after the Alfred Felton bequest in 1904], we were one of the major acquiring institutions in the world,'' he says. But during the 1950s, the NGV's buying power declined as the bequest income stagnated under a conservative investment policy and prices shot up in the international art market. Now, with the support of private-sector philanthropy, Vaughan believes the NGV is again punching above its weight. ''We are regularly buying the kind of great masterpieces that were common in the early years of the Felton bequest.'' Indeed, one of his favourite quotes about the importance of money comes from the diary of Fenton, the wealthy Melbourne entrepreneur whose bequest has bought more than 15,000 of the NGV's works: ''Money? What's the point? Get it spent, do something useful.''

BERNARDAUD Michael Bernardaud

The story of French porcelain begins in 1768 when a woman from the village of Saint-Yrieix La Perche near Limoges discovers a soft, white clay that she uses to bleach her household linens. Experts would identify this substance as kaolin: the crucial, long sought after ingredient that is responsible for the resiliency, durability and flawless iridescent translucency of fine porcelain. The search for this “secret ingredient” had lasted four centuries since Marco Polo’s discovery of Chinese porcelain. The discovery of kaolin in France marked the birth of industrial and cultural significance of Limoges porcelain. Against this historical backdrop two enterprising industrialists, noticing an increase in consumer use of porcelain dinner services, open a factory in Limoges in 1863. The construction of railroad lines in the area offered means of distribution of their product to more markets. A workshop apprentice named Léonard Bernardaud distinguished himself among the workers. Twenty years later, he would be promoted to head of sales and later named partner. Léonard Bernardaud acquired the company in 1900 and gave it his name. He increased production capacity of the factory and opened up new markets, notably in the United States. Leonard was succeeded by his sons, Jacques and Michel Bernardaud. The brothers would assure the viability of the company during the turbulence of the Great Depression and World War II through collaborations with artists to expand the company's range of collections. In 1949, they boldly introduced the first gas-fueled tunnel kiln in France that operated 24 hours a day. This “green initiative” ensured constant firing temperatures that yielded sturdier pieces in greater quantity with fewer defects. As a result, industrial scale production was achieved without compromise to the high standards of craftsmanship based on artisan techniques for which the company is known.

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DESIGN & DECORATION Series 1 [16x26min episodes]

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep1 Wardle, Baroni, Puiforcat

MELBOURNE John Wardle - ARCHITECT Award-winning Australian Architect.

I will often talk to my staff about how forgiving the building process is, because it is so slow. As long as you are on a site and looking creatively rather than looking for defects, you realise there is still an enormous potential even in the act of construction to further revise and develop some of your ideas.

LONDON Luca Baroni - Colnaghi - One ofthe most important dealers in Old Master paintings in the world.

When I see work of others that moves me, I feel fantastic - you get that kind of feeling and I think, I'm sure, the fact that it makes you feel really alive is very important, very important because you want to know that, and you don't feel that all the time.

PARIS Michel Lombard - Puiforcat - Paris

France's oldest silver tableware and holloware producers [now owned by Hermes] produces the most exquisite silver cutlery in the world - still by hand. " To desire, you have to be seduced. Seduction is a blend, a mixture of different things - historical background, quality, it's alchemy as we say in French - it's not something rational."

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DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep2 Patridge, Gordon, Garcia

" LONDON Frank Partridge - French Period Antiques

You see French furniture, they had a court at Versaille and people were all competing with the king and competing with each other. Now in England the wealthy were buying for their stately homes which were out in the country. And as a result they were buying to use the pieces of furniture, not to show it off to all their friends.

MELBOURNE Eileen Gordon – GLASS SCULPTURE The Gordon family’s infatuation with all things glass

Glass is a very hard medium to master and it is very frustrating at the beginning. The more you work with it, the more determined you are that you have to master this glass and it sucks you in.

PARIS Jacques Garcia - Interior designer to the Sultan of Brunei

The strength of the American designers is that as they don't have their own style, they freely mix different styles with a very personal touch. My quest is a bit different, I try to give a modern feel to something that is often considered old fashioned. Today young people find the 18th century style very much out of date. Maybe it is because they remember the interiors of their parents who displayed it in a old fashioned way.

 

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep3 Bernardaud, Freeman, Lahumiere

" PARIS Michel Bernardaud - Limoge Porcelain

Pottery is one of the oldest industries created by man, so yes there is production everywhere. One of our main tasks is to keep ourselves different not only in terms of maintaining a very, very high quality but also of being capable of creating new shapes, new designs that are very modern. And one of the things we have done to be able to do that is to work very closely with designers or artists of our time and give them give them free hand more or less to do whatever they feel that should be done for Bernardaud and this is one of our good strengths.

SYDNEY George Freeman -ex-Knoll [US] Interior Designer

I come sort of shaken from the tree of Lawrence Knoll . Florence and Hans Knoll established Knoll in the 40's in the United States. She studied under Mies at RMIT, grew up with Saarinen in Cranbrooke. Hans Knoll is German and went to the U.S. in the 40's and established a furniture company and they met and she organised that the furniture that they would manufacture was designed by her contemporaries - Montoya, Saarinen, Van Der Rohr, Rissem...

PARIS Anne Lahumiere - Modern Art Dealer

This is the worst part of my business. I hate it when they come and they come full of hope, they want you to look at their pictures, they want you to see what they do, they want some… I mean some are more prudent than others, they say, "I would like some advice" and then you start out and advise that you can tell them how terrible it is.

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DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep4 Lalique, Hempel, Moatti

"PARIS Gerard Tavenas - Lalique - Handcrafted Glass & Jewellery

Rene Lalique is an artist like Renoir, Monet, Modigliani or Matiste. And it's the only example of the success of an artist who becomes an industrialist. He started his life with the jewellery after studying in England for 2 years between the age of 16 and 18. When he came back to France he started to design for people like Cartier or Boucheron , but immediately he felt that those brands were not prepared to the modernity of his vision of the jewellery. He was very inspired by the Japanese, by the nature and especially by what I will call the insects for instance locusts and he created a what we call a fantasmagorical world.

LONDON Anouska Hempel - This British design powerhouse includesfashion, interiors and now commercial spaces [for Van Cleef& Arpels etc...] in her repertoire.

I thought if you could dress a 4 poster bed, you could probably sort of have more fun with something that moved around a bit. It is part of a lifestyle and architectural lifestyle is something that I am really all about, at the end of the day without realising. It has something to do with fashion, food, gardens, it is a mixture of what your life it about.

PARIS Emmanuel Moatti - Old Masters Art Dealer

When you show a picture to an Italian expert, he says Oh it is too reserved it must be French. Then you show it to a Northern specialist and he says oh it is too light, it is too easy on the subject, it must be French. So it is a kind of a combination of a certain Northern Rigors and then the Italian Brio.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep5 Stefanidis, Orsi, Gemelli

"LONDON John Stefanidis - Superstar Interior designer - currently working on Architect I. M . Pei’s only London commission.

The references are the space and above all the client. Usually it is the fulfillment of an aspiration and the creativity that they are entrusting to us. They might themselves be very creative, but not have the time.

MILAN Carlo Orsi - Renaissance Period furniture and art dealer.

After the Pope, the Vatican was a great collector and they asked for religious art mainly, and Italy again is different because in Naples the Borbola family, that was again the Farnese great sponsors of art. Up north the Gonzaga, the Trevuzio lots of very important families who were patrons of art. In Rome again even the great family like Colonna, Corsini, Pignatelli, those were great collectors…

MELBOURNE Adriano Gemelli – ARTIST – Beyond “modern art”trained by Clifton Pugh

I always knew I wanted to be an artist, at the age of 14 I had decided that it offered liberty. It offered liberty of mind, it offered liberty of socialisation, it offered liberty of all sorts of things, and there was no retirement and I was aware that all other forms of work, seemed to be retiring or you would retire from it or it was always removed from your life. It was continuity of your life and it afforded me an opportunity to learn more about yourself. All through my art career I have been interested in colour. In the 70's I was much more within a figurative tonal range of colour but once I realised that when I played complementary colour, I could make it dance.

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DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep6 Dalva Antiques, Frescobaldi, Grainger

"NEW YORK David & Leon Dalva - Antiques supplier to the White House. Three generations ofan American French Period Antique dynasty.

The French Period furniture making industry was analogous to NASA. When this was made, very, very smart people were making it. It had the people who did this in the eighteenth century are designing computers, are at Mercedes Benz engineering, no one would be able to pay what these things would have to be worth if you had people doing it today.

MILAN Angelica Frescobaldi - Italo-British Interior Design.

The trend is not to fill up houses as much. If I am thinking of a house, I am thinking of a structure and since I've absorbed the Renaissance with all the proportions, the symmetry, the dimensions of the windows and how much light there should be and how high the ceiling has to be in proportion to the width and the length of the room, I can create a shell which has a nice harmony itself before you fill it up.

SYDNEY David Grainger – DESIGN – “Bang”design supremo.

Good design fills the spirit. It is a way of having more than a 2 dimensional life, you have a multi dimensional life, there is meaning in everything. It is like music. Why listen to this particular song? Because it speaks to you.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep7 Molyneux, Licciardi, Tajan

"NEW YORK Juan-Pablo Molyneaux - Interior designer to multi-billionaires

I am a reporter, I am an observer, I can remove physically from all the places that I leave the best, put it together and make it work. People who have made a lot of money are very intelligent, and people who are very intelligent are also very quick. People come here, we work, and sometimes they leave as a different person.

SYDNEY Joseph Licciardi – INTERIORS- the washplane/glass evolution

I was exposed to these different paradigms and philosophies, all very valid but sometimes absolutely contradictory. One was Massimo Marozzi. He was a continuous chain smoker, continuos ristretto coffee drinker. Massimo believed in throw away things and I have never been confortable with that idea. But then he taught me another lesson. Hardly anybody washes today with collected water which started me thinking about flat areas which is going back centuries to the Greek and Roman times.

PARIS Francois Tajan - Paris’answer to Christies & Sothebys.

The Galleries, the Contemporary Art Galleries are so important because they are following the work of an artist, the understanding it, they are organising exhibitions, they are make catalogues, and I think what artists has to be initially and then after 2, 3,4 or 5 years then it will become the right time for him to be in an auction house

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep8 Christofle, Buatta, Foster

"PARIS Albert Bouilhet, CHRISTOFLE.

We were trying to get Salvador Dali to design flatware for us. And I must tell you that the show that this man managed to put was something out of this world.

NEW YORK Mario Buatta - The "Prince ofChintz"…

There is a very great level of, new money that doesn't know how to live, doesn't really know how to live with things, they have nothing to bring with them to the job and so you have to create a background for them. I inherited nothing. Everything I have is what I have bought. Unfortunately living in America, and particularly in New York, we have such small spaces you don't have a chance to do all the things you like to do with the things you have collected so you end up putting them in storage. It is a sickness you know. Collecting is a sickness.

SYDNEY Robert Foster - Award-winning industrial artist.

I feel like I am always on the edge and when I see a new object or the way that it has been made or the combination of the two which is usually the way things are , I go, "I had that idea".

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep9 Lupu, Wirdnam, Pierre Frey

" PARIS Jean Lupu - French Period Antiques

Everything that concerns art, you have to be sensitive but not sensible. What is striking with art is that you are working with inanimate, dead materials and with these materials you almost create life.

MELBOURNE Nick Wirdnam – GLASS – ex-UK internationally Glass-Sculptor

You can see some unbelievable technique that you think gosh isn't that wonderful, isn't that amazing. But it is not a case of just picking up a pipe and doing it, you know it will take you 4 or 5 or 6 or 10 years or a lifetime to perfect it. Whilst it is fluid, whilst it is workable, it is moving - often people describe glass making a little bit like a bull fight - you tease it, you prod it, and you get to know it, but it always does something unexpected.

PARIS Patrick Frey - Pierre Frey - Fabric Textiles for interiors & furnishings.

You know, very often I have a friend, I meet for business and he wants to invite me for dinner, " Come and see what I did with your fabric. You will love it". And you have to say, "Oh my God, it's so nice". And sometimes it is terrible.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep10 Nymphebourg, Steinitz, Goulder

"MUNICH Egbert von Maltzahn - Nymphebourg Porcelain- The oldest and mostexclusive "hand-made" porcelain in Europe.

We were founded by the Prince elect of Bavaria, the house of the Royal Bavarian family. We have this tradition of working and producing for 254 years without interruption, the porcelain of all the periods starting with the Rococo Period, the classicism period to the Art Nouveau.

PARIS Bernard Steinitz - Billionaire Antique & Objet dealer - doesn't buy just antiques - but also the castles they are housed in.

First of all when you make love with a woman , do you do it for yourself?. With art it is the same, you first buy it for you, to enjoy your life, to enjoy your talent and you make one or two that is fantastic as a new object because it is part of the discovery afterwards two or three days, it is put aside and…

SYDNEY John Goulder – FURNITURE DESIGN – received Philippe Stark award for his “fruitbowl”

I was taught by George Ingham at the Canberra school of art. I would do the absolute best I could do and think I had this most special thing, and bring it over and say 'Check this out', and then he would strip you down and you would go home feeling 'Ohhhh I'm broken!' But you would come back the next day and he would lift you to understand the importance of detail, the refinement, not to stop to think 'that will do'. Burn it and start again and get it perfect. [ awarded a prize by Philippe Stark]

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep11 Liaigre, Ashika, Aveline

"PARIS Christian Liaigre - Architect & Interior designer to Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren,Rupert Murdoch, building houses on Bora Bora...Christian Liaigre combines French traditionwith eastern Fung Shui.

It is really easy to design for people like Rupert Murdoch, Karl Largerfeld, and Mark Jacob because they have a strong personality and a strong idea of what they want. They know my work and we work to combine my philosophy with their space. I met Calvin Klein once or twice and we work mainly by fax. He writes me a letter, asking questions and I reply 'O.K. This yes, this no, etc'.

MELBOURNE Ashka – SCULPTOR – “alternative”granite sculptures

I really liked working with a material that was really hard like granite, where after I hit the chisel and hammer into it, it just bounces back and there is a little dot, and you have put your whole energy into it.

PARIS Jean-Marie Rossi - Frustrated Modern Art dealer who finds the most eclectic, one-of-a-kind period antiques that redefine the notion of period antiques

A good piece of art, you don't like it at the beginning. The creator is disturbing you, you don't like it. Cezane is not so pleasant than the followers because his works are a bit difficult, but he is the master. After a while when you see Cezane ,you do better than Cezane you add some red some white some yellow it is more pleasant but it is not as important.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep12 Engelen Moore, Franco Maria Ricci, Soledad Lorenzo

" SYDNEY Engelen Moore- Moore worked on Norman Foster's HK Shaghai Bank and was awarded by Jean Nouvel.

I am looking at what it feels to be an occupant of a space, a transition between inside and out. It is so subtle that in many cases it almost does not exist and also you have this extension of space out into something beyond, whether it be a view, a courtyard or a landscape.

MILAN Franco Maria Ricci is both a bibliophile and publisher ofrare and exotic magazines about ART.

It was very, very strange because in the field of art, which means beauty, no? The magazine was really, really bad. So I decided to do a magazine, for me it must be the first in the world for the quality dedicated only to the emotion that art gives.

MADRID Soledad Lorenzo - "Gallerist" Art Dealer displaying the cutting edge ofthe visual arts.

I always say that I choose my artist through the same impulse that you fall in love. You don't know why. It's only through that you can convince people what you are presenting is good because you believe in it.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep13 McBride, Bernheimer, St Louis Paris

"MELBOURNE Robert McBride – ARCHITECT – cutting edge residential.

We allow each other to express ourselves and let the other person's idea to run over over the top of our idea. Most architects have their idea and they don't want anyone tampering with that idea. What we have is a kind of strange symbiosis.

MUNICH Konrad Bernheimer- Internationally renown Fine Art picture dealer [New owner ofColnaghi London].

It's a very complex relationship which you build up with a painting. I try to have every painting I buy for the first few days or weeks in my office. If a picture really is as good as you hoped that is should be it has to grow. Every time you look at it it becomes even better.

PARIS Christian Blaenckart - St Louis Crystal.

How do they make the glass objects? I don't know. I can explain it to you in terms of profit but I don't know the magic of it.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep14 Michalarias, Parr, Perrin

"ATHENS Stavros Michalarias - Art restorer for Picasso, Magritte and personal friend of Henry Moore.

Most of the artists, they cannot control the talent they have. It is an explosion inside them. Because I know about talent, because I know about artists, I manage somehow, like a restoration, to handle these difficult things that they cannot handle. So I understand that little bit. Sometimes I am very hard with them, sometimes I am very short with them, sometimes I am like a dictator with them.

MELBOURNE Andrew Parr – INTERIORS – SJB’s award winning stylist.

People's exposure to hospitality is alot higher today, so they are actually wanting hospitality elements bought back into the office environment, and vice versa back into residential design: that it is not just a home office, but it is also a spot where they actually spend alot of time trying to reinforce their lifestyle as well, so they are actually trying to gain time back.

PARIS Patrick Perrin- One of Paris’premiere French Period dealers.

A Rembrandt is not a piece of art anymore, it's an investment product. The people that are buying impressionists paintings are not collectors. When you pay 50 million dollars for a Picasso what do you buy? A painting? Or an investment product? Do you buy pleasure for 50 million dollars?

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep15 Karl Kemp, Glen Murkutt, DAUM

" NEW YORK Karl Kemp - Mr Biedermeyer

I was at a house last night where a man just finished his new quarters and they were so stunningly beautiful. It radiated the owner, the owner was in heaven - you could feel it.

SYDNEY Glen Murkutt Internationally awarded architect

I have very great questions about what is creativity. I think that it is a process not a result. For example we didn't create the atomic bomb, we discovered the factors that made the bomb. Gehry's Bilbao is a path of discovery. It had the potential to exist, he sought its existence. He made a path to that existence. Art is discovery. Creativity is the most misused word. I see a person is able to discover and has the process and the wherewithall to discover the existence of something that wasn't obvious previously.

PARIS Henri de Quatrebarbes - DAUM - Glass & Crystal

It is very difficult to work with an artist who has very strong feelings because a good artist wants to try everything and I remember when we were working with Cesar he was asking so many things that he was just disrupting everything.

 

DESIGN & DECORATION S01 ep16 Andre Putman, Didier Aaron, Galagos

" PARIS Andree Putman - Legendary designer/stylist - interior designer for Morgans in NY ,incubator ofMontana, Mugler, Miyake.

Real talent is a mix. It has very much to do with who they are inside. Do they have a very strong nature. Can they take a terrible risk, can they take a terrible failure. Can they accept that the major lady on earth who may be the one who writes in Herald Tribune decides your collection is very poor, and what happens in your house because you did not make it that time. Can you live without a lot of money? Can you wait for things to come to you? Can you be patient? Not selling your name partly or completely. It is as important as talent.

PARIS Didier Aaron - Art & French Period Dealer

What you must do if you buy art - the only important thing - you must buy what you like. People visit the gallery here, in one minute; I know whether they have a good eye or they are nothing. Everybody thinks they see but sometimes they see nothing - that they will never accept

SYDNEY Gary Galagos – FURNITURE DESIGN –Actor JudyDavis/Colin Friels favourite designer

A country like Italy wouldn'be be pioneers of design still today, if they didn't persue different benchmarks all the time but the majority have reached their comfort zone. Whereas here in Australia I think we are not constrained so much with tradition, here in Australia we are able to be more adventurous with our ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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