Made in France

Yesterday, the first day of the fall, we have visited the newly-opened Demisch Danant Gallery, which has recently moved from its Chelsea home into a new location at the heart of Greenwich Village, designed by Rafael de Cárdenas. The opening of the new space has coincided with an exhibition entitled “Made in France,” which comes to showcase some remarkable objects from the collection of the gallery, which has focused on French design of the Space Age (60s and 70s). The gallery and its founders Suzanne Demisch and Stephane Danant have made their name with a scholarly approach to promoting, selling, and exhibiting design, and with developing connoisseurship and appreciation for the modern design created in France during that era. Chronicling best of design created in France during the years when the space race between the US and the Soviet Union, came to influence the language and aesthetics of design. The exhibition presents works from the collection of the Gallery by such talents as Étienne Fermigier, Maria Pergay, Joseph André Motte, and Pierre Paulin, as well as a breathtaking desk by Antoine Philippon & Jacqueline Lecoq, all capture an era when the French moved away from the industrial design of the postwar years and into the Art of Living, with objects that were more luxurious, more couture, more personal. Above: Pair of Lounge Chairs in Stainless Steel by Maria Pergay, 1970.

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Pierre Paulin, Cathedral Table, 1981

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Pierre Soulié, Table Lamp, 1970

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Jean-Pierre Vitrac, Flower Lamp, 1970

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Pierre Paulin, Élysée Bookcase, 1971

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Maria Pergayת Bureau Marquetrie / Marquetry Desk, 2005

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Antoine Philippon & Jacqueline Lecoq Desk, 1967

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