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Book Lalanne A World of Poetry: Impossible Collection

Book Lalanne A World of Poetry: Impossible Collection

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Book Lalanne A World of Poetry: Impossible Collection by Assouline

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The creative couple François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne are known for their poetic and fanciful sculptures that have become design icons. François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne are one of the most creative couples of the last century, celebrated for their surrealist sculptural works. Their pieces are as functional as they are whimsical, whether it's a hippo's belly that opens to reveal a bar, newts fused from unfolded leaves to form a fork, or a tangle of twigs intertwined to form a bench.


To celebrate the always enchanting and fanciful sculptures of François-Xavier and Claude, this volume, part of Assouline's Ultimate Collection, explores some of their most iconic pieces from their rich work. The author Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand, gallery owner and long-time friend of the couple, writes a magnificent text which traces the meteoric rise of the Lalannes, from their beginnings in Impasse Ronsin in Paris and their first exhibition noticed by gallery owner Alexandre Iolas , to their enduring legacy as one of design's most inventive and poetic masters.

Exclusive white gloves and canvas tote bag are included with every purchase of an Ultimate Collection book.

Details

  • 240 pages
  • 200 illustrations
  • In English language
  • Released in February 2023
  • L 39.6 x W 47.4 x D 7.8 cm
  • Linen hardcover with printed metal tip-on
  • ISBN: 9781649801142
  • 9.4 kg

About the Author

Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand opened his first gallery in 1988 in the 6th arrondissement of Paris; in 2003, he moved to rue du Temple, where he is still located today. Mitterrand has nearly 45 years of experience working with Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, and more than 20 exhibitions have been dedicated to Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne at the gallery, which has also hosted many renowned events at venues of exception including the Château de Chenonceau in 1994, the Jardins de Bagatelle in 1998, and the Petit Trianon at the Château de Versailles in 2021. Over the years, Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand has become an essential connoisseur of the art of Lalannes, and produced around ten books and catalogs dedicated to their work. Mitterrand is also director of the Niki de Saint Phalle “Jardin du Tarot” foundation in Capalbio, as well as director of the Marta Pan Foundation. Furthermore, he is a member of the general assembly of Jean Tinguely's "Cyclope" in Milly-la-Forêt. In 1998, he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor by President Jacques Chirac and has been an Officer of the Legion of Honor since 2016 and an Officer of Arts and Letters since 2012.

Craftsmanship

Assouline's ultimate collection is a tribute to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with hand-stamped color plates on artist-quality paper, each page of this limited edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Covering a range of subjects from jewelry and fashion, to fine art and “impossible collections,” the ultimate collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell boxes, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signifying a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.

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