This annual design program has already become synonymous with the end of the summer and the beginning of the new season. It is the exhibition held at R & Company every September, curated by a guest interior designer, selecting objects from the gallery’s collection and creating interior scheme. The choices are always brilliant. This time, the exhibition, entitled OOPS, was curated by Paris-based design atelier Pierre Yovanovitch (on view to October 26th). In addition to selection from the gallery’s collection, Yovanovitch has introduced furniture that he designed for the occasion, pieces that feel so French that you may think that you are in Paris. For R & Company, which has been specialized in American design, it is the first time to showcase French design. Yovanovitch pays homage to the great French decorators of the mid-century years and particularly to Jean Royère, the French craftsman, decorator and furniture maker. By utilizing the best authentic craftsmanship available in Europe, and including a wide array of materials, including lacquer, molded glass, raw metal, steel, enameled ceramic, stone, crafted textiles, and the highest skills of cabinetmaking, Yovanovitch has brought to life the lost tradition of the French decorator. I particularly loved the “Bear Armchair,” which is presented in three sizes, of Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear, largely inspired by Royère's highly collectible Polar Bear Chair. A wonderful symphony of old and new; of French and American; of chic and taste. Images by Joe Kramm for R & Company and by Jean Francois Jaussaud for Lux Productions.
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