Like a Kid in a Candy Store

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July 1, 2009

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.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    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.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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  Bordering the Seine, the turn-of-the-century exterior of Krzentowski’s building belies little of what lies within.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    Bordering the Seine, the turn-of-the-century exterior of Krzentowski’s building belies little of what lies within.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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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.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    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.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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  A miniature Eames rocker nestles in a Charlotte Perriand bookcase.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    A miniature Eames rocker nestles in a Charlotte Perriand bookcase.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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  Murano glass vases by Jerszy Seymour rest atop a Maarten van Severen shelving unit in the sitting room.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    Murano glass vases by Jerszy Seymour rest atop a Maarten van Severen shelving unit in the sitting room.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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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.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    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.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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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.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    One of Krzentowski’s favorite pieces is the Gino Sarfatti 2109/16 ceiling lamp, which hangs above the dining room table.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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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.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    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.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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  Clara strikes a yoga pose on a vintage Pierre Paulin chair for Artefort.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    Clara strikes a yoga pose on a vintage Pierre Paulin chair for Artefort.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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  The Marc Newson Embryo chair dates from 1988.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    The Marc Newson Embryo chair dates from 1988.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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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.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    The bright pink Smarties table by Mattia Bonetti is surounded by designs by the Bouroullec brothers—a lacquered steel table center and blue rug.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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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.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    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.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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  A ceramic Bouroullec vase sits atop a coffee table by Joseph-André Motte.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    A ceramic Bouroullec vase sits atop a coffee table by Joseph-André Motte.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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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.  Photo by: Philippe Munda
    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.

    Photo by: Philippe Munda

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