“For more than 10 years, I have been specializing in Jugendstil and artists’ colonies from the turn of the 20th century, particularly from Scandinavia and Germany.
This period represents historical design, and as philosopher Marshall Berman has observed: 'To be modern is to live a life of paradox and contradiction… is to be both revolutionary and conservative.' The romantic nationalist believes that 'le style moderne' would encompass traditional styles.
Two iconic and totemic seats will guide our exhibition at Design Miami/ Basel 2013
: an armchair by Lars Kinsarvik, c. 1905, and a bench by Johann Borgersen, c.1900. Both models were shown at the Exposition universelle
, and exemplify the Viking revival. In Norway an awakening interest in native language and Viking legends was a prelude to the craze for folk design.”
FRANCK LAIGNEAU/ Owner