PAUL MATHIEU x RALPH PUCCI
NEW YORK/AIX-EN-PROVENCE – Ralph and Nicole Pucci recently joined Paul Mathieu (@paulmathieudesign) for an insightful discussion of their nearly thirty-year partnership, the importance of self-expression, and his experience working in the RALPH PUCCI Sculpture Studio.
When asked about his artistic process, Paul shared, “There is no theory, there is just feeling; just moments. One really has to go with that. It is irreplaceable…”
PLIAGE DEBUTS AT ‘LE CABINET DE CURIOSITES’
MUMBAI – Juxtaposed against the backdrop of ancient Indian antiques, the first piece from Paul Mathieu’s new collection, PLIAGE, was revealed within the Cabinet of Curiosities, an installation curated by Jean-François Lesage with scenography by Niels Schoenfelder at AD India’s Design Show held in October 2019.
In a setting the designer described as “existing not out of convention, but from the heart” the polished brass PLIAGE chair was right at home. “It was a pleasure to see PLIAGE in conversation with so many curiosities of differing provenance, surrounded by some of the finest embroidery work,” he says.
In conversation with AD India, Paul Mathieu shared insight into the inspiration behind the new collection: “ The PLIAGE Chair crafted in polished brass is the first piece to be shown from my newest collection, PLIAGE.
PLIAGE means ‘fold’ and its inspiration comes from the designer/artist’s practice of folding and draping materials to find new expressions. With this new collection the folding and strengthening of metal comes from a desire to take this approach further: to push the materials into new places and by doing so, elevate the spirit of the craftsperson.”
PLIAGE is currently available in chair and chaise lounge options, with future iterations in development. For more information click here.
STILL MOTION OPENS AT RALPH PUCCI LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES – Following critically acclaimed installations at Ralph Pucci NYC and in the Renzo Piano Pavillion at Chateau La Coste Provence, Paul Mathieu and Ralph Pucci bring ‘Still Motion’ to Los Angeles October 24th. First unveiled earlier this year, the exhibition combines now-classic pieces and entirely new works and paintings charting Mathieu’s evolution not only as a designer, but also as an artist.
“These new pieces are inspired by my late father’s sculptures which surrounded him In his workshop in the French countryside where I would pass my time watching him work,” says Paul. This ‘motionless development’ signifies a moment in the trajectory of movement.
Paul worked in the Ralph Pucci Sculpting Studio developing three new designs for the show: an outdoor friendly chair and coffee table, and a standing lamp-named after female Jazz greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Grace Jones.
Paul explains, “Once the singer has stopped performing, the music they created keeps going inside and along with us.”Following its debut, the DEE table (pictured in black and in white above) won a 2019 NYCxDESIGN Award and was called ‘the ultimate compliment’ by Ms. Bridgewater.
STILL MOTION invites visitors to participate in a meditative dialogue between furniture, objects, and works detached from theirÂ functional constraints. Highlighting Paul Mathieu’s unique style, it presents a rare opportunity to discover the designer’s celebrated body of work in one setting.
NEW YORK – On May 20th the Dee coffee table by Paul Mathieu for Ralph Pucci was awarded a 2019 NYCxDESIGN Award in the Outdoor Furniture category. This striking piece, which is part of the exterior portion of the ‘Paul Mathieu -Still Motion’ exhibition at Chateau la Coste (through May 22 and opening at Ralph Pucci Los Angeles in October) was inspired by an encounter with the musical and physical elegance of the legendary American jazz singer DeeDee Bridgewater who has called it “the ultimate compliment.”
As durable as it is beautiful, the Dee table celebrates Ms. Bridgewater’s work and the sculptural representations of objects in motion found in the Peul art of Mali.
AN EXPRESSION OF SCULPTURAL DESIGN, SHAPED BY NEW YORK, AIX-EN-PROVENCE, MURANO AND INDIA
PROVENCE – Following an exhibition of works by Jean Prouve and preceding another dedicated to Jean-Michel Basquiat, STILL MOTION brings together iconic pieces by Paul Mathieu, whose work was first heralded by Andrée Putman and is now exhibited in galleries and coveted by collectors around the world.
Inviting visitors to participate in a meditative dialogue between furniture, objects, and works detached from their functional constraints, STILL MOTION presents a rare opportunity to discover Paul Mathieu’s celebrated body of work in one setting. Learn more in the press release (PDF) here.
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ABOUT CHATEAU LA COSTE
Château La Coste is a renowned Provençal organic winemaking estate and art center located North of Aix-en-Provence, France. Situated within approximately 200 hectares of hills, woods, streams and vineyards, Château La Coste offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the various walking paths and experience the work of great artists and architects including: Tadao Ando, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Caler, Andy Goldsworthy, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, Richard Serra, and Frank O. Gehry, amongst others. Château La Coste is open every day from 10h to 19h.
“STILL MOTION” OPENS JAN 28th AT RALPH PUCCI, NYC
NEW YORK – On January 28th, Still Motion opens at Ralph Pucci NY, celebrating the evolution of Paul Mathieu’s artistry and the distinct sculptural lines which first caught the attention of the acclaimed gallerist.
Included in the showcase of furnishings and lighting is a sculpture by the artist’s father cast in bronze, a piece which played an instrumental and enduring role in the development of Mathieu’s characteristic style from his childhood in the French countryside through to the present day.
Highlighting the flexibility, delicacy and inherent strength of two different materials: age-old bronze and Pucci’s proprietary Plasterglass, Still Motion will be on display until May 1.
RARE WORKS ON SHOW AT GOA’S PREMIER ART CENTER
PANJIM, INDIA – Marking the return of the high season in Goa, the Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts launched “Stil Life” on October 10, 2018. The new show curated by novelist and photographer Siddharth Dhavant Shanghvi celebrates the works of Paul Mathieu alongside those of designer Gunjan Gupta.
Featuring a selection of rarely-seen and iconic Paul Mathieu designs crafted from marble, wood, and metal, the show continues through December 5, 2018.
PAUL MATHIEU AWARDED AD100
MUMBAI, INDIA – Paul Mathieu was one of the awardees at the AD100 awards, held March 28, 2018. AD100 is the annual architecture and interior design awards of Architectural Digest (AD) India, the ultimate design bible published by Condé Nast India. An arbiter of excellence, this exclusive list recognizes established icons and innovative pioneers, whose work is as inspiring as it is influential.
Paul Mathieu and Willer Gallery London continue their creative association in a new show featuring entirely new collections and additions to Mr. Mathieu’s existing furnishing, lighting and decorative art collections.
“The key inspiration for this show is the work of my late father and the newly-cast sculpture which will be, for me, the heart of the exhibition. A sort of listening was at play when I designed these new pieces, whereby edges and forms were revealed. It is also the expression of thoughts and memories through form.”
The exhibition opens on the 14 March and pieces will be available at Willer indeﬁnitely.
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IRIS TABLE LAMP FINALIST FOR BEST OF 2017
NEW YORK, USA – The Iris table lamp, part of the newest collection of lighting by Paul Mathieu for Holly Hunt, has been selected as a finalist for Interior Design Magazine’s Best Product of the Year 2017. Winners will be announced at the Best of the Year Awards, held Friday December 1st, 2017.
A fluid and organic expression crafted from glass and bronze, the Iris table lamp features a sculptural body and floating cast-glass core. To see the latest Paul Mathieu lighting for Holly Hunt, click here.
PAUL MATHIEU HONORED IN AD50
MUMBAI, INDIA – On March 30th, 2017 Paul Mathieu will be awarded the coveted AD50 award by Architectural Digest India, naming him one of the 50 most influential architects and interior designers. The Gyan Museum in Jaipur, an original Paul Mathieu design, is featured in the March/April edition of the magazine.
AD COLLECTIONS PARIS TO FEATURE PAUL MATHIEU DESIGNS
PARIS, FRANCE – Celebrating the finest in furnishings and decorative arts, the third edition of AD Collections exhibition will be held at the Musée d’Art moderne in Paris from March 24 to April 2, 2017. Organized by AD magazine, this year’s exhibition focuses on important pieces created between 1937 and 2017, including a selection of bronze pieces from the Paul Mathieu ARIA collection, exhibited in partnership with Willer Gallery, London. In addition to furnishings and décor, an accompanying show of jewelry created in the inter-war period by Van Cleef and Arpels will be on view.
CELEBRATING RALPH PUCCI’S NEW SHOWROOM WITH EXCLUSIVE PIECES FROM PAUL MATHIEU
LOS ANGELES, USA – The cream of Los Angeles’ booming design community came out in force to celebrate with co-host Mayer Rus of Architectural Digest the opening of Ralph Pucci’s beautiful new 9,000+ sq ft showroom at 1025 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood on March 2.
Debuting that night was a new chair design, ELA by Paul Mathieu, along with the reintroduction of the iconic CHARLES FOSTER KANE club chair, which was originally designed for Andree Putman collection and Chateau Marmont in 1991. Today it and ELA are both exclusively available through Ralph Pucci.
BEING ORIGINAL AT ID2017 SYMPOSIUM
NEW DELHI, INDIA – In the fifth edition of India’s definitive design week, Paul Mathieu joined the panel discussion, “Be Original: Address the Need for Thoughtful and Authentic Design.” Joining him were renowned designers Ashiesh Shah, Rafaella Magiarotti and moderator Theron Carmine De Sousa. The discussion was a heartfelt examination of the creative process and the many influences which impact the life and work of designers. While each participant had their own unique perspectives on what originality means, all shared one common piece of advice to established and aspiring designers: always stay true to your vision.
India Design ID 2017 was held at the NSIC Grounds Okhla, New Delhi and was organized by Ogaan Media and Elle Decor India.
NEW DELHI, INDIA – Organizers of one of Asia’s most dynamic design events, India Design ID, have announced Paul Mathieu as one of the featured speakers at the ID Symposium being held February 16-19th, 2017 in New Delhi.
A three-day action packed event that forms part of India Design ID in New Delhi, ID Symposium offers a great platform for panel discussions, interactive sessions, debates and dialogues centered around design. Expect to find noted architects, design luminaries and creative professionals from India and around the globe, sharing ideas, knowledge and their experiences.
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“TALKING BETWEEN OBJECTS” OPENS AT GYAN MUSEUM
JAIPUR, INDIA – Inaugurated in the presence of Her Highness Princess Diya Kamari of Jaipur, “Talking Between Objects” the latest show from renowned German artist Alke Reeh opened at Gyan Museum, Jaipur on November 13th, 2016. It is the first contemporary art show in the museum. Also in attendance were show’s curator Dr Arshiya Lokhandwala (of Lakeeren Gallery Mumbai) and Gyan Museum’s designer, Paul Mathieu.
Architecture and the analysis of its structures is the crux of Reeh’s practice, wherein the artist views architecture as a form of sculpture itself. The show runs until February 6, 2017.
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