The re-markable skills of the latter combined with the unique vision of each designer has resulted in a collection of works that are both sculptural and poetic, produced in numbered editions, some of them limited. This tangible equation between imagination and expertise lies at the heart of Theoreme Editions' vision, which is rooted in an experimental approach to colour and materials.
The works shown here consider the links between design, art and modernity, revisiting the relationship between surface and object, furniture and sculpture. The singularity of Adrien Messié’s Villers table lies in its contrasts of materials and textures. This piece opposes and reconciles the smooth appearance of the top in white lacquered wood against the crazed finish of the matt green ceramic base. Here as with other objects shown, modern art and abstract art touch contemporary design.
The vase in lacquered fibreglass by designer Matteo Garcia evokes Yves Tanguy and the surrealists, but in a version 2.0 coupling 3D scanning and secular sculpting techniques. Surrealism and modern fluidity can be seen in the different version of the Achilles designed by the POOL duo, where an armchair in technical tweed flows like soft matter over a lacquered metal cube.
Conversely, the pared-back modernism of the aluminium pendant lights designed by SCMP Design Office speak of the American minimalism that came from the Bauhaus. The raw finish of the materials and the forms of both Exercice Studio’s aluminium chair and Victoria Wilmotte’s folded console made with Atelier François Pouenat, are reminiscent of the industrial era of machines, of mass production and technical reproducibility. Similarly, Wendy Andreu’s free-standing mirror, looking like a human scale monolith of aluminium, provides a play of reflections thanks to slats of mirror and one-way glass through which one can secretly see without being seen.
Finally, the chain-links vase designed by Service Généraux in 3D-printed matte ceramic, as well as the coffee table from Hall House, whose glass top floats on knotted wooden ropes, seem to evoke a certain fetish for form, recalling Pier Paolo Pasolini’s masterpiece, Théorème, from which the design company takes its name.