a pair

November 20, 2017

I came across these beautiful Claude Lalanne “Ginko” chairs today, and pictured how lovely they’d look at my dining room table. Claude and her husband François-Xavier collaborated on many creative projects. Where his work was large in scale –– birds, monkeys and bears –– her focus was on smaller, more intricate pieces inspired by nature. Now 93 (her husband died in 2008) the artist still works at her atelier on the outskirts of Fontainebleau. It’s her electroplated jewellery that I’m most enamoured with — gold or copper bracelets in the shape of lips, a huge sunflower for a necklace, and heaps of red currants or dragon flies dangling from the ear. They’re whimsical, surreal and utterly unique.


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