L’Intouchable, as its name suggests, questions the fragility of glass and the paradox between the beauty and the dangerousness of its shards.
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 wood matrix, sinuous veins, tormented knots, tiny crevices, interpret the unalterable legacy 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 very edifying.
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.
François Azambourg explores the expressive potential of the manufacturing and shaping processes of materials, whether industrial, artisanal, innovative or traditional.
The designer engages his practice in research situations and devotes his work to the alliance of techniques and art, specific to the applied arts, with a constant concern for the economy of means.
François Azambourg is represented by Galerie kreo, collaborates with Cappellini, Ligne Roset, Hermès and Petit h, Louis Vuitton, Poltrona Frau, Mustache, Toulemonde Bochart, Chevalier Édition, the CIAV, the Exercise Workshop …
If his production focuses mainly on the creation of furniture and lighting, the designer also composes scenography, theater sets, urban and interior fittings for municipalities, hotels and individuals.
Winner of the Villa Kujoyama in 2015, of the Grand Prix du Design de Paris in 2004, of the Villa Médicis hors les Murs in 2003, of the Vocation Prize of the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation in 1993, of the Fondation de France in 1988 and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs competition in 1985, François Azambourg was supported by VIA through five calls for projects, a Carte Blanche in 2005 and numerous Labels. Several of his works have entered the collections of the FRAC, the CNAP, the Center Pompidou and the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris.
Thanks to the MAD Paris for his acquisition of one pieces of the Experimentations exhibition presented at Christie’s Paris.