During epic experimental sessions in collaboration with the Center International d’Art Verrier (CIAV) in Meisenthal, François Azambourg broke free from the classic production process, going so far as to burn a wooden mold that would give birth with the Douglas vase, now an iconic object. These unique vases with walls bearing the imprints of their wooden matrix, sinuous veins, tormented knots, tiny crevices, interpret the unalterable heritage of time that is imprinted in the glass blown by the master glassmakers of Meisenthal.
In the same vein, the Brindille vase forever fixes in the glass the delicate contours of elements drawn from nature (foliage, flax flowers, twigs and other fir thorns …). An innovative way of reinventing the glass decor through a process that is certainly not very academic, but how edifying!
Finally, the Untouchable, as its name suggests, questions the fragility of glass and the paradox between the beauty and the dangerousness of its shards.
Collect the unique and original pieces of François Azambourg who explores the expressive potential of materials manufacturing and shaping processes, whether they are industrial, artisanal, innovative or traditional. He engages his practice in research situations and dedicates his work to the alliance of techniques and art, specific to applied arts, with a constant concern for economy of means.
François Azambourg is represented by the kreo Gallery, collaborates with Cappellini, Ligne Roset, Hermès and Petit h, Louis Vuitton, Poltrona Frau, Moustache, Toulemonde Bochart, Chevalier Édition, the CIAV, the Atelier d’exercices…
While his production focuses mainly on the creation of furniture and lighting, he also composes scenography, theatre sets, urban and interior layouts for municipalities, hotels and individuals. Winner of the Villa Kujoyama in 2015, the Grand Prix du Design de Paris in 2004, the Villa Médicis hors les Murs in 2003, the Prix de la Vocation de la Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet in 1993, the Fondation de France in 1988 and of the concours du Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1985, François Azambourg is supported by the VIA thanks to five calls for projects, a Carte Blanche in 2005 and numerous labels. Several of his creations have integrated the collections of the FRAC, the CNAP, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée des Arts décoratifs de Paris.
Orchestrated by THE ART DESIGN LAB gallery and Christie’s, the EXPERIMENTATIONS exhibition will also highlight the drawings and other preparatory work related to the project.