In recent years, fine art fairs have expanded their offerings to meet the varying interests of collectors. Design Furniture is commonly featured at shows so collectors can continue the dialogue of living artistically. Today we feature Claude and Franҫois-Xavier Lalanne, who have embraced the notion of art furniture.
Architect Peter Marino—whose forthcoming book The Garden of Peter Marino will include a forward by Claude Lalanne—remembers when François-Xavier asked what was his favorite mythological tale: “Without hesitation, I said, ‘The Golden Fleece,’ and he answered, ‘I shall make you an entire flock.’”
Quote Courtesy of Architectural Digest.
As the 1965 Salon de la Jeune Peinture in Paris, France, approached, French artist Franҫois-Xavier Lalanne wanted to make create a body of work to be remembered. Les Lalannes, Lalanne and Claude, his wife and artistic partner, have done just that over the years.
Les Lalannes dreamed up a group of surreal-looking sheep. All swaddled in sheepskin, some moutons received patinated bronze faces while others remained headless and functioned as footstools. The hooves of all moutons contained casters for mobility. The moutons welcomed guests into the salon at the Palais de Tokyo exhibition hall. It was here Les Lalannes debuted their art furniture.
Thanks to Architectural Digest.
Today, Les Lalannes is regularly exhibited and remains highly sought after by collectors. Paul Kasmin Gallery in conjunction with The New York City Parks Public Art Program, and in cooperation with the Fund for Park Avenue Sculpture Committee, exhibited works by Le Lalanne in 2009. The exhibit was highly visible as multiple large-scale sculptures spanned the green on Park Avenue between 52nd and 57th Streets. This was the first outdoor exhibition in the U.S. of Claude and Franҫois-Xavier Lalanne’s sculptures.
As Lalanne continues to achieve record prices at auction, we at Suzanne Lovell Inc. look forward to seeing the art furniture of Claude and Franҫois-Xavier Lalanne grow in popularity and inspire designers.