in vulcan’s forge: extraordinary pieces from parisian designer christophe côme

In a post earlier in the year, I marveled at the wonderful loukoum lamps by Paris-based artist and designer Christophe Côme and purposefully omitted his other furniture because he is one designer that deserves, at minimum, the recognition of another feature.  And so in this spirit, today I’m bringing you his phenomenal (and my favorite) one-of-a-kind console, cabinet and bench forged out of textured iron and industrial glass.

In general, we tend to loosely use the term “timeless elegance” for many undeserving objects but I can’t think of anything more deserving than Christophe’s casegoods.  As the contemporary heir to Edgar Brandt, his refined sculptural pieces are fresh and sophisticated.  It’s impossible to classify them if you saw them sitting alone in a bare room.  They could be Art Deco or Modern and could live alongside most any antique, vintage or contemporary object. “Timeless” is an understatement.
Each piece is hand made, textured and married to industrial crystal or glass lenses that are molded, melted, carved, fitted and finished to perfection.  Other luxurious materials, in this case Namibian marble and linen velvet, are used as finishing touches to these remarkable pieces.
Although made of iron, the pieces are light on their feet.  The glass inserts and the spacing between the intricate organic shapes allows light to freely flow through the objects.  This along with their timeless appeal make them some of my all time favorite pieces.  Merci bien Christophe!
image credits: Cristina Grajales, New York, who represents the artist

PS: Thank you for stopping by and reading my feature today.  I love what I do as an interior designer and art advisor, and it’s my hope that through these blog posts I’m enriching and heightening your aesthetic sensibility towards art, design and fabulous interiors in some way ~ Richard Rabel (a.k.a. the modern sybarite)