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Jean Nouvel

May 26–July 30, 2016
Athens

Installation view Artworks © Jean Nouvel Design, photo by Silia Pyschi

Installation view

Artworks © Jean Nouvel Design, photo by Silia Pyschi

Installation view Artworks © Jean Nouvel Design Photo by Silia Pyschi

Installation view

Artworks © Jean Nouvel Design Photo by Silia Pyschi

Installation view Artworks © Jean Nouvel Design Photo by Silia Pyschi

Installation view

Artworks © Jean Nouvel Design Photo by Silia Pyschi

Works Exhibited

Jean Nouvel, Mirror A, 2014 Walnut and colored mirrors, Dimensions variable, edition of 6© Jean Nouvel Design, photo by Mike Bruce

Jean Nouvel, Mirror A, 2014

Walnut and colored mirrors, Dimensions variable, edition of 6
© Jean Nouvel Design, photo by Mike Bruce

Jean Nouvel, Mirror B, 2014 (view 1) Walnut and colored mirrors, Dimensions variable, edition of 6© Jean Nouvel Design, photo by Mike Bruce

Jean Nouvel, Mirror B, 2014 (view 1)

Walnut and colored mirrors, Dimensions variable, edition of 6
© Jean Nouvel Design, photo by Mike Bruce

Jean Nouvel, Mirror B, 2014 (view 2) Walnut and colored mirrors, Dimensions variable, edition of 6© Jean Nouvel Design, photo by Mike Bruce

Jean Nouvel, Mirror B, 2014 (view 2)

Walnut and colored mirrors, Dimensions variable, edition of 6
© Jean Nouvel Design, photo by Mike Bruce

Jean Nouvel, Boite à outil, 2011 AP 1, 24 13/16 × 47 ¼ × 25 9/16 inches (63 × 120 × 65 cm)© Jean Nouvel Design, photo by Mike Bruce

Jean Nouvel, Boite à outil, 2011

AP 1, 24 13/16 × 47 ¼ × 25 9/16 inches (63 × 120 × 65 cm)
© Jean Nouvel Design, photo by Mike Bruce

About

I want colored mirrors; they are the key to this story. Some are fixed, others shift, others are angled...sometimes two or three models are in different scale; their meaning is established by the interior.
—Jean Nouvel

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present Triptyques, a series of limited edition mirrors, and Boîte à outils (Tool Box), a sculpture by Jean Nouvel.

Like many Modernist predecessors who worked across related disciplines, Nouvel describes himself as an architect and a designer. His design products derive from architectural commissions, or from alternative visions that correspond to his building design but which are linked to specific use. Regardless of the scale of the object or the architecture, Nouvel employs the same rigorous approach, imbuing the objects and accoutrements of everyday life with a certain lyricism that is also streamlined and utilitarian.

As the title suggests, Triptyques are three-paneled colored mirrors, each in an edition of six. The central panel is fixed to the wall, while flanking and cantilevered panels are engineered to be movable. Four mirrors are presented, each different in color and orientation. Nouvel comments, "The mirror is a piece that you want to live with, in which you reflect intimate images—images from your home; you can capture a piece of a window in it somewhere." Colors range from light orange to blood orange to red, his signature color. The mirror finds its essence whether open or closed. When opened, Nouvel's mirrors evince the importance of color in their surroundings; when closed, they preserve a certain austere elegance.

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Το 1995 ο Nouvel ίδρυσε το Jean Nouvel Design Agency (JND) για να ασχοληθεί με τον σχεδιασμό προϊόντων και εσωτερικών χώρων, παράλληλα με το αρχιτεκτονικό του γραφείο Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Έκτοτε έχουν σχεδιαστεί και βγει στην παραγωγή αρκετές συλλογές επίπλων και αντικειμένων βιομηχανικού ντιζάιν, όπως η συλλογή Less Less (Unifor), προϊόντα για το σερβίρισμα του καφέ (Alessi), φωτιστικά (Artemide), καρέκλες (Emeco, Emu, Figueras) και τραπέζια (Cassina, Molteni). Η Gagosian Gallery, σε συνεργασία με την γκαλερί Patrick Seguin, ειναι οι αποκλειστικοί παραγωγοί και διανομείς της περιορισμένης έκδοσης επίπλων του Jean Nouvel.