Featuring the freshly updated Muriel Grateau Gallery in Paris, France. Part gallery, part boutique it is place where contrasts play nice next to each other. Simplicity in the most-tested form provides solid background for colorful objects in vivid tones Grateu is famous for. Visitors are welcome to absorb the display of extremely well-curated objects and one can not help to notice the overall sophistication and elegance of the space. White resin, stones covered with white powdered paint, white lacquered steel plate and LED lighting were used to create the ethereal 140 square-meter space. Designed objects are clearly the focal point in Murel Grateau’s vision of the space and yet she managed to intrigue me enough to wish to personally experience the overall essence of the gallery’s environment.
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This Inhabitated Furniture apartment in Paris, France was designed in 2011 by Nicolas Reymond and it is interesting space to look at here on Minimalissimo. Besides the large volumes, very simple in form, I was attracted to the maximum and innovative use of space developed by Reymond. The renovation proposes, instead of walls, two large furnitures accessible by each side, to set up the space. These furnitures include and hide storages, kitchen cupboards, dressing, doors and bathrooms. They also separate day from night uses. A fluid and multipurpose space is provided: the entrance space is used alternately as a kitchen or as an office. The module idea combined in seamless manner with existing historical elements of the apartment is a well-executed solution to the previously problematic layout. The large volumes placed strategically at the core of the apartment, unforcefully indicate the focal space but still give the freedom of interpretation based on occupant’s needs and desires. I love the flexibility of use of the space and of course the integration of old and new. I wish my current city San Francisco would start building these!
This is not a stool. This is N° 019: a chair disguised as a stool. The chair is completely flat, until someone sits in it. N° 019 is designed by Andreas Aas, a designer and architect who lives and works between Paris, France and Fredrikstad, Norway. Here’s what he says about the concept: When not in use, the chair occupies minimal space – both physically and mentally. It is only when used that the chair takes on the more strenuous shape of the human body. With this in mind, the N° 019 must be the ultimate chair for Über-minimalist interiors.
Claude Rutault (1941) has had a highly important role in art in France since the 1970s. He is a conceptual artist although Rutault doesn’t see himself as a conceptual artist but as a painter. Since 1973, Claude Rutault uses a simple method to create new artworks. Definition/Method is a text, describing a procedure that makes it possible to realize a painting by Claude Rutault. Basically, with Rutault, the wall is becoming an integral part of the artwork. For example, the definition/method 1 of 1973 reads: canvas per unit. a canvas braced on a stretcher, painted the same colour as the wall on which it is hung. can be used standard formats available in the trade, be they rectangular, square, round or oval. hanging arrangement is traditional. The identity of the canvas colour with the wall has led to development of a corpus of over 300 definitions/methods. Artworks from Claude Rutault are visible at Galerie Perrotin in Paris. I really love the simplicity of his work, visually, but also his formulation and critical analysis of the art world, founded on the social operation between the work and the artist, their gallery, the collector, the museum and the auction house.
French-based “abstract minimalist” Daniel Buren is well known for his trademark use of stripes, sized consistently at 8.7cm wide. His fascination with the motif has been materialised in the form of paintings, site specific installations and unauthorised public artworks, using striped awning canvases in France, and posting striped posters around Paris including various metro stations. He is perhaps best known for his black and white striped columns installed in a 3000 square metre area outside of the Palais Royal in Paris in 1986, called Les Deux Plateaux and nicknamed Colonnes de Buren. Sometimes called a conceptual artist for his dealings with space and the gallery setting, Buren blocked the entrance to his first solo exhibition with one of his striped works. Of the Guggenheim Museum, where Buren has exhibited before, he says “[it] really kills a piece of art, primarily because it’s a work of art itself.”
Gautier Pelegrin and Vincent Taïani are two Frech designers who work together under the flag of Noon Studio. Noon Studio is based in London, U.K. and Avignon, France. The designers teamed up with Arkheia, which is the commercial exponent of LERM, the French Laboratory for Material Research and Study. Arkheia developed a quick setting concrete in an attempt to elevate the material to a nobler rank. The result: Impact, a coffee table with a concrete top shaped into a bowl. The bowl could be used to hold books, but just as well as a fish tank – wouldn’t that be a conversation piece? If you happen to be in Paris at the moment, do stop by at the Maison & Objet exhibition. Noon Objects have a stand (D46) with Impact on display.