I meet design collectors all the time. Every week. Some are passionate, lovers of design, those who are out there in the art world every day, learning, traveling, engaging with books, dealers, and other collectors, buying and deriving tremendous pleasure from living with masterpieces of design. Those collectors, who take their passion into the level of connoisseurship, those who cannot help themselves, but living with great design, those for whom taste is a form of art, those who I always find inspiring. One of them is my dearest friend Eric Dupont, who began collecting French design of the 60s and 70s and lightings by Italian designer Gino Sarfatti long before this material has surfaced the marketplace. I always love visiting Eric in his breathtaking apartment in a Haussmann building in the Left Bank of Paris, whether it is for dinner, conversation with a glass of wine, and catching up. Love his collection that consists of an extraordinary selection of furniture pieces by Antoine Philippon/Jacqueline Lecoq, rare pieces by Pierre Paulin and Maria Pergay and rare lamps by Serfatti. Eric is an educated collector whose taste for French design mirrors his identity and I have published a coversation with him in MODERN Magazine a couple of years ago. Now, Eric is selling this collection in a special exhibition, which just opened at his Galerie Eric Dupont in the Marais district of Paris this week.
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