In the collection designed especially for Galerie Gosserez, Piergil Fourquié explores the concept of balance, applied to the design of everyday objects. Through about ten objects, Piergil demonstrates: cantilever balance through the ‘Big Boss’ desk - dynamic balance with the ‘Partition’ shelf - group balance through the infinite number of ‘Totems’ compositions - balance of the suspended membrane in the ‘Bulles’ collection, etc.
This shelf looks like a musical score; the lacquered metal crosspieces punctuate and give rhythm to the entire piece of furniture, graphically and sculpturally. The way to fix it provides great flexibility and gives each user the possibility of forming their own score depending on the interior dimensions and the objects that are to be put on it. The light oak shelves are superimposed one above the other and give the impression of levitating, an effect accentuated by the contrast of the delicate and multiple bars. Materials: oak and metal
Les Bulles (Bubbles)
Suspended glass balls weighted with marble ballast, this individual case will form a precious and transparent cocoon for personal objects. It can also be changed rapidly into an original and very elegant vase. ‘Les Bulles’ collection drew inspiration from laboratory glassware. They also explore the themes of landscape and micro-architecture, around the notions of balance, stability and space. Combining simple volumes, they stage fascinating microcosms which play on the contrasts between glass and stone. Materials: blown glass and Carrara marble.
‘Totem’ hall elements
Totem is a series of six objects that are usually found in the hall: a mirror, a set of occasional tables, a flower pot holder and a coat stand. This set welcomes visitors to a simple and refined environment, punctuated by the solid cast concrete pedestals which support very fine structures. The concrete base is the weight which holds each of the totems in equilibrium at different heights. Materials: oak and concrete.
The ‘Big Boss’ Desk
Drawing inspiration from architectural constructions using the cantilever principal, the lacquered metal skirt gives a solid volume on which the entire desk depends. This support contrasts with the light oak suspended top which juts out over an empty space. The choice of material is a metaphor for a ‘sports coupe’ car: the metallic exterior reflects the immediate environment and hides the user’s legs. The refined topstitched leather interior creates a warm protective cocoon. The elegance of the lines hides all that is to be hidden: computer cables, electric wires, drawer. Materials: oak; topstitched leather and metal.
Photos credit Maxime Champion
Exhibition: "Equilibres" by Piergil Fourquié
From April 28 to June 4 2011