For Design Miami/Basel 2014, Demisch Danant presents a solo exhibition on acclaimed French designer René Jean Caillette, featuring rare and important designs of the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition includes several unique works and rare prototypes acquired from the designer’s estate– many of which have never previously been exhibited.
Many of Caillette’s most exemplary designs are presented in three distinct living environments, each focused on a specific period of the designer’s prolific career. One area focuses on works designed in 1956 to 1958 and features the iconic Diamond Chair–one of the most signature chairs of the period. A bedroom environment inspired by Caillette’s 1962 presentation at the Salon des Arts Ménager for Charron includes a rare vanity, a prototype for an armchair and an impressive upholstered bed with attached light tables. A living room environment based on a 1966 presentation at the Salon des Arts Ménager includes rare prototypes for a sofa and low table.
René Jean Caillette (1919-2004) was part of a group of young designers who emerged immediately following the reconstruction period, dedicated to designing elegant and accessible furniture in a resolutely modern spirit, stripped of decoration and produced in series. In 1950, George Charron, a French furniture manufacturer, discovered Caillette’s work and their meeting led to the creation of Group 4, a collaboration between Caillette, Alain Richard, Genevieve Dangles and Joseph André Motte. Caillette received the René Gabriel prize in 1952 and the silver medal at the Milan Triennale in 1962, and continued to design for Charron until 1972. Throughout his illustrious career, Caillette adhered to a rigorous development and prototyping process and remained committed to simplicity of line and material innovation.