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.
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.