This was announced by Maison & Objet, the Paris fair of home trends. We find the best creations of Pierre Charpin who for twenty years is divided between design, art and set design.
Designer, artist and set designer, Pierre Charpin is a multifaceted talent that has developed in his years of career a particularly sophisticated formal sign, highlighted by bold color choices, very distinctive. January edition of Maison & Objet Paris will be named Designer of the Year 2017 for his “poetic form of minimalism that is expressed in a secret garden of objects and furniture with an aura of grace.” Born in 1962 in Saint-Mande in the suburbs of Paris, Charpin is the son of art – his father, Marc Charpin, was a sculptor and craftsman mother of tapestry weaving. After graduating from the School of Fine Arts of Bourges in 1984, in the 90’s he developed his design culture in Italy working alongside various figures of the Memphis group, particularly in the study of Milan of British designer George Sowden, then return in Paris with the group VIA (Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement). It is in these years that Charpin starts working on designer furniture and objects, and in parallel continues a series of research projects on materials that will be worth the first commissions by internationally renowned brands such as Zanotta, Ligne Roset, Venini, Alessi. For each of them, with the same simplicity, he imagined essential forms, almost archetypal. Her freehand drawings, he works every day, materialize this exploratory process.
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An all-round creativity that ranges from industrial product, to the preparations, art creations declined in limited series. “For me there is no difference between working for industry or a gallery,” says the designer who from his studio in Ivry-sur-Seine draws for Kreo Galerie (Paris), Post Design Gallery (Milan), Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres and CIRVA (Centre International du Verre et Arts Plastiques). Teaching and setting the other two great passions: 1998-2008 Charpin has been a professor at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design in Reims and at the ECAL in Lausanne in Switzerland. Among his designs include, however, the preparation of the third edition of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan – Quali Cose Siamo? – Cuarata by Alessandro Mendini. In the last two decades numerous solo exhibitions have consecrated his work: by the exhibition 20 Années de Travail at the Grand Hornu in Belgium in 2011, staging the apartment 50 of the Cité Radieuse in Marseille in the summer of 2014, until personal Villégiature Villa Noailles (Hyères, France) in 2015.
At Maison & Objet Paris, where he will set up a special area in Hall 7, Charpin will also present the lamp from PC Lamp table, the result of the last collaboration with Sebatian Wrong (the two are also working on a model of lamp indoor / outdoor portable with a rechargeable battery). Simultaneously with the exhibition, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris will exhibit some of his creations – especially the Écran series (collection Torno Subito for CIRVA) – part of the exhibition entitled L’esprit du Bauhaus scheduled until February 27, 2017. The next projects Charpin? Currently the designer is working on a tableware collection for the Japanese brand 2016 / Arita and a series of ceramics for Piemme Italian. Looking forward to set up the next exhibition at Kreo Gallery in Paris.
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