My article and interview with Elizabeth Garouste was published in the current issue of MODERN Magazine. Together with Mattia Bonetti, Garouste formed one of the most intriguing and memorable partnerships in the design world. The two came to fame in the 80s with couture and exquisite furniture that was sensual and fantastic, and were hailed at the time as the prince and princess of the design world. By rediscovering and reconnecting with the roots of French decorative arts and with superb craftsmanship, the two created a nouvelle French design. Garouste, who began her career as a designer of theater sets and costumes, created her first pieces of furniture for an exhibition at the Galerie Jansen in 1981, when together with Bonetti, she designed the famed Chaise Barbare. Now, Garouste is back in the US with a new series of limited-edition furniture presented by Ralph Pucci. The jeweled-like pieces bring to life her aesthetic sensibility, which is daring, whimsical, colorful, and pays respect to the history of French decorative arts. “Magical,” Ralph Pucci told me when I asked him to describe Garouste's work. “There are no rules or boundaries -- part Disney, part Jean Arp, part Matisse, but its always original,” he concluded.
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