Like a Kid in a Candy Store

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July 1, 2009
Originally published in Intriguing Interiors

For Parisian gallery director Didier Krzentowski, the art of collecting has become a career by design.

 

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  Didier Krzentowski and his wife, Clémence, in the dining room of their Paris flat. The Slim table was designed by Martin Szekely for a Galerie Kreo exhibition in 1999. On the wall, above a Marc Newson Alufelt chair, is a photograph of Krzentowski by Erwin Wurm.
    Didier Krzentowski and his wife, Clémence, in the dining room of their Paris flat. The Slim table was designed by Martin Szekely for a Galerie Kreo exhibition in 1999. On the wall, above a Marc Newson Alufelt chair, is a photograph of Krzentowski by Erwin Wurm.
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  Bordering the Seine, the turn-of-the-century exterior of Krzentowski’s building belies little of what lies within.
    Bordering the Seine, the turn-of-the-century exterior of Krzentowski’s building belies little of what lies within.
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  Clémence and daughter Clara, nine, relax on a purple Pierre Paulin 261 sofa below an installation by artist Alan McCollum. A small family of Verner Panton 1969 Wire lamps, featured in the inaugural Kreo exhibition, live to the left.
    Clémence and daughter Clara, nine, relax on a purple Pierre Paulin 261 sofa below an installation by artist Alan McCollum. A small family of Verner Panton 1969 Wire lamps, featured in the inaugural Kreo exhibition, live to the left.
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  A miniature Eames rocker nestles in a Charlotte Perriand bookcase.
    A miniature Eames rocker nestles in a Charlotte Perriand bookcase.
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  Murano glass vases by Jerszy Seymour rest atop a Maarten van Severen shelving unit in the sitting room.
    Murano glass vases by Jerszy Seymour rest atop a Maarten van Severen shelving unit in the sitting room.
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  Krzentowski, who works from home for three hours a day, at his desk. A Marc Newson Orgone stretch lounge occupies the foreground, while a large Paul McCarthy photograph looms behind.
    Krzentowski, who works from home for three hours a day, at his desk. A Marc Newson Orgone stretch lounge occupies the foreground, while a large Paul McCarthy photograph looms behind.
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  One of Krzentowski’s favorite pieces is the Gino Sarfatti 2109/16 ceiling lamp, which hangs above the dining room table.
    One of Krzentowski’s favorite pieces is the Gino Sarfatti 2109/16 ceiling lamp, which hangs above the dining room table.
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  On either side of a photograph by Torbjorn Rodland are Elysées sconces by Pierre Paulin. A lighted Bouroullec vase sits atop a vintage Raymond Loewy storage unit.
    On either side of a photograph by Torbjorn Rodland are Elysées sconces by Pierre Paulin. A lighted Bouroullec vase sits atop a vintage Raymond Loewy storage unit.
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  Clara strikes a yoga pose on a vintage Pierre Paulin chair for Artefort.
    Clara strikes a yoga pose on a vintage Pierre Paulin chair for Artefort.
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  The Marc Newson Embryo chair dates from 1988.
    The Marc Newson Embryo chair dates from 1988.
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  The bright pink Smarties table by Mattia Bonetti is surounded by designs by the Bouroullec brothers—a lacquered steel table center and blue rug.
    The bright pink Smarties table by Mattia Bonetti is surounded by designs by the Bouroullec brothers—a lacquered steel table center and blue rug.
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  Krzentowski claims a rare pair of 1952 Paulin chairs for Muebles T.V. are the origin for the design of his famous Ribbon chair. Ron Arad’s Rolling Volume makes for dubious seating.
    Krzentowski claims a rare pair of 1952 Paulin chairs for Muebles T.V. are the origin for the design of his famous Ribbon chair. Ron Arad’s Rolling Volume makes for dubious seating.
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  A ceramic Bouroullec vase sits atop a coffee table by Joseph-André Motte.
    A ceramic Bouroullec vase sits atop a coffee table by Joseph-André Motte.
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  At Krzentowski’s Galerie Kreo, Diode lamps designed by Marc Newson have been produced in a limited edition of 18 pairs exclusively for an exhibition.
    At Krzentowski’s Galerie Kreo, Diode lamps designed by Marc Newson have been produced in a limited edition of 18 pairs exclusively for an exhibition.
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