This new series, COLLECTIBLE In-Depth, unveil the backstage of contemporary creation. Tackling various topics from personal designer processes to the position of collectible design on the global design market; these COLLECTIBLE In-Depth offer different views to suit all tastes. Today we talk with Theoreme Editions.
COLLECTIBLE: How do you discover new designers?
Theoreme Editions: There are many ways to find new talents. Some of them we discover on social media, others we meet through our network and during fairs. Also, we are lucky enough to have quite a few designers who have come to us to show us their work. You just have to keep an eye out there and be open to opportunities.
C: Can you talk about the designers you present at COLLECTIBLE this year, what makes their practice/pieces unique?
Theoreme Editions: The works shown at COLLECTIBLE consider the links between design, art and modernity, revisiting the relationship between surface and object, furniture, and sculpture.
The singularity of Adrien Messié’s Fibonacci Table lies in its contrasts of materials and textures. This piece opposes and reconciles the smooth appearance of the top in white lacquered wood against the crazed finish of the matt green ceramic base. As with other objects shown, modern and abstract art touch on contemporary design.
The Jimena Vase in lacquered fiberglass by designer Matteo Garcia evokes Yves Tanguy and the surrealists but in a version 2.0 coupling 3D scanning and secular (?) sculpting techniques. Likewise, surrealism and modern fluidity can be seen in the different version of the ‘Achilles’ designed by the POOL duo, where an armchair in technical tweed flows like soft matter over a lacquered metal cube.
Conversely, the pared-back modernism of the Aluminium Pendant Lights designed by SCMP DESIGN OFFICE speaks of the American minimalism that came from the Bauhaus. The raw finish of the materials and the forms of both Exercice (?) Studio’s aluminium chair and Victoria Wilmotte’s folded Pleat Console made with Atelier François Pouenat are reminiscent of the industrial era of machines,mass production, and technical reproducibility. Similarly, Wendy Andreu’s free-standing Maze Mirror, looking like a human-scale monolith of aluminium, provides a play of reflections thanks to slats of mirror and one-way glass through which one can secretly see without being seen.
Finally, the Chain Vase, designed by Services Généraux in 3D-printed matte ceramic, as well as the Udo Udo Coffee Table from Hall. Haus, whose glass top floats on knotted wooden ropes, seem to evoke a particular fetish for form, recalling Pier Paolo Pasolini’s masterpiece, Théorème, from which the design company takes its name
C: What are the key questions you ask yourself before starting to conceptualize an exhibition?
Theoreme Editions: The top 3 questions are as follows:
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