Meet the Designer of the Year, Pierre Charpin, and Find out Where to Buy His Products in New York

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Pierrre Charpin, a French artist, designer, and scenographer, was just named Maison et Objet’s 2017 Designer of the year.

Maison et Objet, the highly influential design and furniture show that takes place in Paris (in January and September) , Singapore (March) and Miami (in May), just announced its choice for the designer of the year, one of the most prestigious accolades given in the worldwide design community. This year’s recipient is Pierre Charpin, the French artist, designer and scenographer.

What you need to know about his style: Poetic, minimalist. With a background in fine arts, Charpin has centered his practice around experimental projects and design-forward pieces. His work includes seating, lighting, tabletop, and furniture,

What you need to know about Charpin: The designer graduated from Bourges art school in 1984. His father is the sculptor Marc Charpin, After working in Milan at the studio of British designer George Sowden (one of the founders of the Memphis group) in 1993 and 1994, he returned to Paris. Charpin says, “For me there is no difference between working for industry or a gallery.” Over the course of his career he has designed for such prestigious brands as Ligne Rosset, Cristalleries Saint-Louis,, Post Design, Zanotta, Montina, Venini, and Alessi.

His work:

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The Stump occasional table, center, is made from a single piece of white Carrara marble and finished with a protective water-repellent treatment.
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Originally designed for the 2010 ‘MobiBoom’ exhibition at the Musée des Arts, which was dedicated to French design between 1945 and 1975, the Mobidec footstool draws inspiration from the equestrian world. Resembling a saddle, the seat rests on a metal base which lifts it from the ground and is reminiscent of stirrups.
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The whimsical Slice armchair was originally designed in 1998 and relaunched in 2016. From armchair, to lounge, to  the ability to vary the shape and dimensions of the piece through the addition of ottomans, or ‘slices’, paired with a variety of upholstery and color options, allows for high levels of customization.

If you’re heading to the Maison et Objet show in Paris: Check out his work in Hall 7

Where to buy Charpin’s products in New York:  Ligne Roset, 250 Park Avenue South; (212) 375-1036 155 Wooster Street, 10012. (212) 253-5629.

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