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Materials for Consideration

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Galerie Kreo is one of the most unique spaces I know of for design. The gallery, run by Didier and Clémence Krzentowski, sees itself as a 'research laboratory,' commissioning and displaying one-off and limited-edition pieces by the likes of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Pierre Charpin, Hella Jongerius, Jasper Morrison, and Martin Szekely.  When I was in Paris earlier this year I caught their wonderful exhibition of work by L'ECAL students and teachers, "A New Generation of Lights."  Their current show is "Matières à réflexion," or "Materials for Consideration," and it looks like a good one. It's been extended till May 15, so if you can, check it out in person. If not, here's a virtual sampling of the works on view.

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  An installation view of the "Materials for Consideration" show, in the spare white gallery space. Most pieces are available in a limited edition of eight, plus two artists' proofs and two prototypes.
    An installation view of the "Materials for Consideration" show, in the spare white gallery space. Most pieces are available in a limited edition of eight, plus two artists' proofs and two prototypes.
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  H.K. STEPS, 2010, designed by Martin Szekely. Carbon fiber, felt.
    H.K. STEPS, 2010, designed by Martin Szekely. Carbon fiber, felt.
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  "LAO" Dark Blue Small Model, 2010, designed by Pierre Charpin. Lacquered metal.
    "LAO" Dark Blue Small Model, 2010, designed by Pierre Charpin. Lacquered metal.
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  "Snail" coffee table, 2009, designed by Hella Jongerius. Collection Natura Design Magistra. Coffee table in bleached oak; snail in enameled and unglazed porcelain, realized by Manufacture Bernardaud.
    "Snail" coffee table, 2009, designed by Hella Jongerius. Collection Natura Design Magistra. Coffee table in bleached oak; snail in enameled and unglazed porcelain, realized by Manufacture Bernardaud.
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  A close-up of the gigantic porcelain snail.
    A close-up of the gigantic porcelain snail.
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  A view of the Snail table in situ, with Hella Jongerius's 'Artificial Vases' in the background.
    A view of the Snail table in situ, with Hella Jongerius's 'Artificial Vases' in the background.
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  "Heroic Carbon Ejn" seat, 2010, designed by Martin Szekely. Carbon fiber and black leather.
    "Heroic Carbon Ejn" seat, 2010, designed by Martin Szekely. Carbon fiber and black leather.
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  Fernando and Humberto Campana's hanging "Fata Morgana" mirror (on left) and Pierre Charpin's Monolithe (on right).
    Fernando and Humberto Campana's hanging "Fata Morgana" mirror (on left) and Pierre Charpin's Monolithe (on right).
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  The 'Plumes' mirror by Olivier Gagnére, 2011 (on left). Structure in wood and foam, surrounded by tinted feathers.
    The 'Plumes' mirror by Olivier Gagnére, 2011 (on left). Structure in wood and foam, surrounded by tinted feathers.
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    Another gallery view.

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