For several years I’ve been obsessing over the geometric forms in the furniture designs of superstar French artist Guy De Rougemont (b. 1935). Having had a chance to meet this charming soul at last Fall’s Pavilion of Art and Design (PAD) in Manhattan only made his work more irresistible!
Have you ever seen ANYTHING like his Archipelago Table (above and below)? It’s beyond awesome. Made of ebony and steel, this 3 piece breathtaking cloud-like table has sections that can serve multi purposes; from a dining table for 12 to a console table to a writing table. The two extremes can also be joined to make a round table or two console tables! Designed for his rep, the visionary Parisian Galerie Diane de Polignac, the table is part of a limited edition of 8.
Guy is no newcomer to the art/design world. Not only is he a member of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, but he had a retrospective of his work in 1990 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris … not something everybody can claim. Perhaps better known for his iconic and delicious 1970s Nuage table (below), Guy will be one of those design pioneers remembered as icons of the 20-21st centuries.
image credits: (top and middle) Galerie Diane de Polignac, Paris; (bottom) © Christie’s Images; Lot 296, Guy de Rougemont, Nuage Table, brass and plexiglass, c.1971, estimate: US$60,000 – 80,000. Offered in the Important 20th Century Sale, New York, 17 December 2011
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