One of the biggest design events is right around the corner: the January edition of Maison et Objet. In the tradeshow, there is going to be much to see: new collections being launched, creative brands and their products and brand new names in the design industry being acclaimed. In 2017, one of those names is Pierre Charpin. Find out all about the world of the Designer of the year Maison et Objet Paris 2017 right here.
Born in 1962 in Saint-Mandé, the French designer, artist, and scenographer Pierre Charpin devotes himself to creating a poetic form of minimalism that is expressed in a secret garden of objects and furniture with an aura of grace.
Pierre Charpin obtained his degree from the National School of Fine Arts in Bourges in 1984. In the early 1990s, he decided to concentrate on designing objects and furniture. He has since embarked upon a number of research projects with associations such as CIRVA (1998/2001) and CRAFT (2003/2005) as well as product design collaborations with internationally known design companies like Alessi, the Cristallerie Saint-Louis, Design Gallery Milano, Ligne Roset, the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, Pamar, Post Design, Tectona, Venini and the Wrong Shop. His exclusive collaboration with the Galerie kreo started in 2005, and to this day he still creates limited edition pieces for the Galerie.
Several solo exhibitions have been dedicated to his collections and organized in the Parisian Galerie: «Platform» in 2006, «All’aperto» in Several solo exhibitions have been dedicated to his collections and organized in the Parisian Galerie: «Platform» in 2006, «All’aperto» in
2008, «8 ½» in 2009 and «Ignotus Nomen» in 2011 and «Marbles & Clowns» in 2015 in London. Pierre Charpin has received much public recognition for his work; in 2004 he was the prize winner of the competition launched by the Société des Eaux de Paris (Paris Waterworks).
Pierre Charpin designed for Galerie kreo “Marbles and Clowns”, a collection of vases and marble side tables and consoles. For his first solo exhibition in London, the designer played on the ambivalence of the clown, a figure which has been extensively investigated in theater, literature, art, and cinema.
Charpin first designed the Slice chair in 1996, but it has only now been put into production by French brand Cinna – a division of furniture giant Ligne Roset. Charpin’s 1980s-influenced design comprises a series of modular blocks in different colors, which can be added or taken away to alter the length of the horizontal surface.
Pierre Charpin’s work is part of the most important cultural institutions: the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, the Centre Pompidou and the musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris. In 2011, a monographic exhibition was dedicated to his work at the Grand-Hornu Images, Belgium. His pieces are also a part of many private contemporary art and design collections. Parallel to his role as a designer, he has been a professor in the industrial design department at ECAL (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne) since 2008. In 2012, Pierre Charpin is in residence in Villa Kujoyama program framework (Kyoto).