"Hold The Line" - Sebastien Leon & Atelier d'Amis
Jean de Merry / Melrose Place, West Hollywood CA, 2nd to 27th May, 2016 / Reception on 4th May, 2016
Jean de Merry is proud to announce the exhibition of French artist and designer Sebastien Leon, opening at Jean de Merry’s West Hollywood gallery on May 2nd, 2016. The exhibition will feature a selection of paintings, drawings and sculptures, as well as a preview of two furniture collections - “Pipeline” and “Laisse Béton” - designed for Atelier d’Amis, the furniture company he recently co-founded with furniture entrepreneur Philippe Boccara and interior architect Valerie Pasquiou, and for which directs design.
“Laisse Béton”, the inaugural Atelier d'Amis collection, was designed by French New Yorkers Sebastien Leon and Valerie Pasquiou after observing the never-ending turmoil of New York City's streets, constantly torn apart by constructions sites. "There is a certain beauty and unity in the architectural skeleton of construction," observes Sebastien Leon " which offers a stacked X-ray of structural elements, floor after floor." For Valerie Pasquiou, "concrete is the raw material of New York by excellence, which I felt should be glorified by bringing it to the world of fine furniture".
For “Pipeline”, Sebastien Leon took inspiration from the the brass sections of symphonic orchestras. “French horns, trumpets, and tubas strike me first as sculptures, and then as instruments," says Leon, whose other forms of artistic expression include sound sculptures and polyphonic installations. "I have often used brass pipes in my sculptures as a way to carry sound and was captivated by the idea of drawing on this same aesthetic to form a furniture collection." A longtime practitioner of meditation, Sebastien Leon also used the art of zen rock stacks to create the geometry of his sofas, perpetually searching for balance between all elements.
With a body of work grounded in an understanding of art as an instrument of provocation, delight, and questioning as much as a representation of reality, Sebastien develops artistic and design projects independently as well as for architectural clients and brands such as Audemars Piguet, Piaget, Champagnes Krug and Audi. Based in Los Angeles and New York, he exhibits his work internationally in galleries and museums: Paris’s Palais de Tokyo, New York’s Park Avenue Armory, Beijing’s UCCA, and Milan’s Palazzo della Triennale. His work is featured in publications worldwide: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Le Figaro, Corriere della Sera, Frame Magazine, Surface Magazine, and Dezeen. Sebastien was invited to lecture at the Harvard School of Design and was also the subject of a 30-minute feature by NHK, Japan’s leading national public television broadcasting channel.
Rooted in the spirit of collaboration, Atelier d'Amis strives to create pieces that go beyond luxury furniture to become pieces of conversation for the home. Atelier d’Amis’ vision flourished among three friends: furniture entrepreneur Philippe Boccara, artist and designer Sebastien Leon, and interior architect Valerie Pasquiou. While the company is based in New York and Los Angeles, the fabrication of their collections takes place in the hands of expert craftsmen in Italy. Jean de Merry (JDM) was founded in 2001 by Christian Darnaud-Maroselli and Jean de Merry with a mission to uphold the craft of a bygone era, representing and producing pieces that are timeless, unexpected and anchored by quality and craftsmanship.
Jean de Merry is the exclusive distributor of Atelier d’Amis’ “Pipeline” and Laisse Béton” collections in the United States starting May 2016.
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