Demisch Danant is pleased to announce the gallery's first solo exhibition of the work of French designers Antoine Philippon and Jacqueline Lecoq, May 4 - July 2, 2011. Central to the French postwar reconstruction/industrialization effort, Philippon and Lecoq were among a group of young architects who changed the face of French furniture production in the 1950s and 1960s. Inspired by the teachings of the modernist masters of the Union des Artistes Modernes (U.A.M.), their goal was to bring harmony and comfort to interiors, employing modern materials and techniques, to improve the daily life of French citizens in the challenging postwar climate.
Philippon and Lecoq's furniture combines minimalism with a pervasive sense of architectural refinement and elegance. The couple approached interiors as well with an almost puritanical sense of functionalism, but succeeded in creating an extremely efficient environment which was still comfortable and humanly accessible. They received numerous prestigious awards during their career including the 'Rene Gabriel' prize in 1961.
Demisch Danant will present 10 pieces from 1957-1967 including an important Diamond Wall panel system with hanging cabinet (1962) and the Desk 'Mobilier National' (1961/67).
A 110 page catalogue will accompany the exhibition, available for purchase at the gallery. Please 'download press release' for an excerpt from the catalogue.