Cannot wait for a show which will open at Demisch Danant Gallery next week, called “Paris Match: Henri Samuel and the Artists He Commissioned, 1968-1977,” exploring the legendary decorator and international tastemaker’s unique engagement with French artists and
designers through the furniture and objects he commissioned in the 1970s. He worked with César, Francois Arnal, Philippe Hiquily, Guy de Rougemont, and Diego Giacometti, mixing design genres and periods. I love to talk about Henri Samuel’s collection in the session devoted to French 70s in the program Collecting Design, because he was the quintessential patron who through vision and daring taste created a home that represented an era. At his, home, Samuel who was responsible for creating homes for the Rothschilds, Vanderbilts, Valentino, and Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, featured furniture of brass, stainless steel and Plexiglas in the spirit of French avant-garde. With this exhibition, Demisch Danant is making another contribution to the study and documentation of modern design history.
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