Franziska Kessler Gallery and Frédéric Ormond, Geneva

January 2016

“Give him enough rope, and he can furnish the whole house” – this is what the New York Times had to say about the spectacular design method of French designer Christian Astuguevieille. Cords, twines or ropes are the most important base material for the over 65-year old universal designer to create his valuable unica: chairs, sofas, chests of drawers, mirrors, lamps and tables. In the skilled hands of the designer, these rather bland materials receive unusual shapes and forms and have even evolved into necklaces and bracelets.
For the furniture objects, the designer has time and again succeeded in undermining ingrained perception mechanisms. “There are no limitations,” Astuguevieille said.“It is important to me to lead people to get involved with new things, to dream, to embark on a journey.”

Franziska Kessler Gallery present since a couple of years the work by Christian Astuguevieille in Zurich. New objects by him and vintage furniture have been exhibited in cooperation with the Ormond Editions in Geneva.