Galerie kreo is a « laboratory-space » dedicated to producing limited edition contemporary design pieces, alongside exceptional vintage lighting
Galerie kreo London
14A Hay Hill
London, W1J 8NZ
T + 44 20 7629 5954
Galerie kreo Paris
31, Rue Dauphine
T + 33 1 53 10 23 00
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Artists Exhibited at the fair:
HellDesigner Hella Jongerius (1963) has become known for the special way she fuses industry and craft, high and low tech, tradition and the contemporary. After graduating from the Eindhoven Design Academy in 1993, she started her own design company, Jongeriuslab, through which she produces her own projects and projects for clients such as Maharam (New York), KLM (The Netherlands), Danskina (The Netherlands), Vitra (Basel) and Royal Tichelaar Makkum (The Netherlands).
Hella Jongerius’s research on colours, materials, and textures is never complete. All her questions are open-ended, and all her answers provisional, taking the form of finished and semi-finished products. These are part of a never-ending process, and the same is essentially true of all Jongeriuslab designs: they possess the power of the final stage, while also communicating that they are part of something greater, with both a past and an uncertain future. The unfinished, the provisional, the possible – they reveal traces of the creation process, and the potential of materials and techniques within the attention for imperfections.
Through this working method, Jongerius not only celebrates the value of the process, but also engages the viewer, the user, in her investigation. Her work has been shown at museums and galleries such as the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (New York), MoMA (New York), the Design Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum (London), also Moss Gallery (New York) and Galerie kreo (Paris) for who she designs several pieces such as the «Gemstone Tables» in 2013.
Born in Venice, in 1912, Gino Sarfatti graduated from Genova University
with a degree in naval air engineering.
From 1939, he narrowed his focus to lighting design and founded his own
company, Arteluce. He quicly became internationally recognized as a pioneering
figure in the modern design movement, specialized in lighting.
Gino Sarfatti realized more than 400 lamps during his career, constantly
exploring innovative solutions regarding shape and technology.
He would first create the structure for the bulbs before imagining the rest
of the form.
Gino Sarfatti and Arteluce won many awards such as the Compasso d’Oro
in 1954 and 1955, and the Emeritus diploma at the Milano Triennale.
From 1954, his work took a decidedly minimalist approach with the “1063” floor
light, preceding minimalist artists. (Dan Flavin – 1962).
Gino Sarfatti was truly one of the greatest lighting designer of the XXth century.
STUDIO WIEKI SOMERS comprises designers Wieki Somers (1976) and Dylan van de Berg (1971). Since 2003 the studio has earned international reputation for the way its work introduces extraordinary fantasy in everyday objects. Developping a deep sensitivity for materials, technological detailing and a highly demanding finish, it aims to provide an enlightened reading of our environment.
Through this restless experimentation with useful objects – their shapes, material and meaning, the way they are made and the way they are used – the studio’s work questions our aesthetic impulse in a subtle and often contradictory manner.
The studio undertakes commissions for international manufacturers, museums and galleries, and has enjoyed a long-standing and intensive relationship with Galerie Kreo in Paris. It has received numerous awards and its works are in major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
A retrospective exhibition of their work took place at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam «Out of the Ordinary» from October 2014 until January 2015. A brand new monography published by JRP RIngier has been released at the occasion of this exhibition.