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Pedro Reyes

Artist Pedro Reyes, who trained as an architect before moving into contemporary art, designed the house where he lives along his wife, fashion designer Carla Fernandez, located in Coyacán, Mexico City. A lively neighborhood that was once home to artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. In the same fashion as Frida’s residence, here Reyes seeks to celebrate Mexican culture through its architecture, art and furnishing. The couple share a passion for the preservation of Mexican culture and the country’s vibrant artistic history and traditions. The hammered concrete walls and flooring are inspired by Mexican brutalist Teodoro González de León, while pops of magenta and yellow light up the gray concrete in homage to architect Luis Barragán. It’s a social space, a dynamic studio for both Reyes and Fernandez and a warm handcrafted house for their family. It houses a collection of Pedro’s furniture and sculptures, and a vast selection of Carla’s textiles. The lava-stone concrete kitchen table, master bath and basin are artworks in themselves. The bathtub is hewn from stone to resemble a rock pool and set below a shaft of light, while the sink is moulded into a form resembling turned pottery.

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Gio Ponti

Armando Planchart was a businessman dedicated to the automotive industry and a fanatic of hunting. Anala, wife to Armando, was a vanguardist woman with very forward ideas. They acquired a lot of six thousand meters atop of a hill with a 360 view of Caracas where architect Gio Ponti, persuaded by Alana, designed their home; the iconic Villa Planchart. Ponti understood the sensibility and love of Alana for arts, nature and architecture, and promised to create a house that looked like a butterfly flying on the hill. The house floats lightly, while the mosaic-tile-coverd walls, floors with big marble slabs in various colors, and playful ceilings, make the interior space explode in a joyful and exquisite visual feast. The loose walls free the space, creating a visual continuity between the exterior and the interior. The off-centered patio fills the house with natural light, and by night it lights up with the clever illumination design of the house. Ponti designed not only the 10,000-square-foot house, but all the furniture and many of the objects within it. A testament of the friendship and admiration between the Planchart’s and Ponti, and the sense of creative freedom he stated to experience when visiting Caracas.

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Clara Porset’s Design.
Creating a Modern Mexico

Clara Porset was an extraordinary woman, born in Cuba, she had an atypical education for a woman of her time. Her studies took her to Europe, learning the fields of aesthetics, art history and architectural composition. After being forced to leave her native country she moved to Mexico, here she became a pioneer of Mexican design who deeply influenced Mexico’s design history. We invite you to find out more of her life and remarkable work from the book Clara Dorset’s Design, Creating a Modern Mexico. Bibliography: Multiple Authors. Clara Dorset’s Design. Creating a Modern Mexico. Museo Franz Mayer. Difusión Cultural. Centro de Investigaciones de Diseño Industrial. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Turner. Mexico, 2006.

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Side Gallery is proud to announce that ceramic artist Aneta Regel is a finalist with her series ‘Raining Stones’ for the 2018 edition of the LOEWE Craft Prize. Each of the finalists’ work will be exhibited at The Design Museum, London from 4 May - 17 June 2018. Find currently on exhibit at Side Gallery a selection of Aneta’s pieces, who is part of our group show Claytime!, along international ceramic artists like fellow LOEWE finalist Sangwoo Kim.

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Le Mémpris - Godard

In collaboration with Carlo Ponti, Jean-Luc Godard, one of the main representatives of the 60′s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, adapted the Alberto Moravia novel Il disprezzo (A Ghost at Noon), written almost 10 years before, into Contempt. The result is a film where each scene is a composition in terms of colour, proportion, and contrast. Most of the story takes place in and around the Villa Malaparte in Capri island, a stunning house on a rocky coast by architect Adalberto Libera built in 1937. We invite you to enjoy this classic featuring this amazing house and its relationship with the surrounding landscape. Original title: Le Mépris Year: 1963 Runtime: 102 min. Country: France, Italy Director: Jean-Luc Godard Writer: Alberto Moravia (novel), Jean- Luc Godard Soundtrack: Piero Piccioni Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Giorgia Moll, Fritz Lang

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Lina Bo Bardi

We deeply admire the work and talent of the prolific architect Lina Bo Bardi. She immigrated to Brazil in 1946, the fusion between her Italian upbringing and the culture of her adoptive country deeply influenced her intellectual engagement with modern architecture. This is perfectly examined in the book by Zeuler Lima, who presents a thorough analysis of her iconic works of design. Bibliography: Zeuler R.M. de A. Lima. Lina Bo Bardi. Yale University Press. New Haven and London. 2013.

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Ricardo Legorreta

With a need for a building that would represent the pride and excellence of the College of Santa Fe new arts program, the project for the design of the Visual Arts Center was commissioned to Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. He recommended to develop a Master Plan that would set the future development of the campus as well as unifying it as a whole. However, he understood the importance that the college gave to theirs students’ individuality as much as to unity. Legorreta used this concept as the base for the program and design of the center, thinking of it as a pueblo made up by different buildings with residential scale that integrate to Santa Fe’s landscape. Each building has its particular characteristics, and are joined by common open spaces where the students can meet and interact. The exterior façades are painted in deep reds and oranges, creating visual unity. The interiors, however, are painted in different bright colors; blue, lavender, purple and fuchsia, that clearly differentiate each space and its use. “I think Santa Fe has a very special light, and it has to be taken in consideration, we have to emphasize light to create mystery, movement, to encourage their imagination while they keep discovering each of the spaces they work in. I think this is very important for an art school.” Ricardo Legorreta in interview for the Visual Arts Center.

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Agustín Hernández was one of the few architects to defer from the traditional and usually orthogonal shapes that characterized Mexican modern architecture. He explored with fluid and organic floor plans, and designed singular homes that were complemented with unique furniture and ornamentation. This was the case with Casa Álvarez, designed in 1976, with a floor planed based on multiple circular modules. The central module consists of an interior garden that fills the house with natural light creating intimate interior spaces that flow one into the other. The living room is framed
by a floor to ceiling window that curves around the exterior garden and swimming pool, while the furniture, designed by Eduardo Calderón, perfectly fit not only the organic shaped space but the particular design concept of the house, giving continuity to its undulating motion.

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Miguel Arroyo - Casa Boulton

In 1949, while modern architecture was on its apogee in Caracas, Miguel Arroyo opened his shop Gato along two partners. He produced ceramics, glazes, and furniture
with a modern style that manifested the vanguardist role that Arroyo believed design had to fulfill to help Venezuela’s society move forward. The rescue of traditional handcrafts that were enhanced with a smart selection of materials and colors created a new cultural identity for Venezuelan design. Miguel Arroyo addressed this belief on an article published by Revista A in 1954 titled: Muebles modernos para una casa colonial.
He talks about his creative process while designing the furniture for Alfredo Boulton´s beach house in Pampatar. He took traditional colonial furniture as a reference, studying thoroughly the pieces exhibited at Quinta de Anauco. He observed their sobriety, materials (mainly woods), the use of curved lines and the mastery behind their handcrafted production. This research gave as a result the design of the dinning table and chairs, consoles, and the set of sofas and armchairs placed on the living room shown on this picture; their design clearly showing the formal integration of colonial
and modern esthetics.

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Constructed in 2004, Sotogrande House is the only private residence planned by mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta in Europe. It is located in Cadiz, with its privileged weather all year round Legorreta understood the house should welcome an open circulation that took in the spectacular landscape that surrounds it. With this in mind, the house was planned around a central courtyard that frames the sea view. Life inside the house is intimate while enjoying the landscape and exterior gardens filled with olive trees and aride climate plants proper to the region. The use of color, as in most of his architecture, is present in this project. It is mainly covered in a deep earth toned orange with pops of fuchsia an purple that emphasize the interior spaces and create different atmospheres. Color further enhances the ideal ambiance for each of the activities that take place in daily life.

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“In Korea, ceramic culture is hallmarked by functional objects. During university, I tried various techniques, but my experiments on sculpture were more to do with enjoyment than for real research. During my last year of university, I saw a potter making an Onggi, so large that it seemed to contain the whole world. The creation of this object seemed to me to be a dance, and the tools modelling the clay produced an impressive music. In that instant I understood that a round form is pure beauty, and so after graduating I decided to learn the Onggi technique and I went to work in a workshop for two years. When I visited Europe for the first time, I was amazed by the number of people who work freely, without any restrictions. This had a great impact on me“. Ceramic model ¨Spring¨ by Sangwoo Kim now available at www.side-gallery.com

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“In Korea, I had two years’ experience of physical labour and technical practice in a local pottery, making traditional Korean onggi jars. I still use this skill in my latest ceramic sculptural work and am inspired by the round shapes, that symbolise the ideal state of nature. I build simple shapes that open doors to contemplation and imagination. The polished naked clay communicates tactile properties and the addition of colours influences the perception of my work. The glossy surface has a haptic effect that encourages the viewer to approach and touch. I hope to awaken the senses by reinterpreting the traditions of my country.” Ceramic model ¨Winter¨ by Sangwoo Kim now available at  www.side-gallery.com.

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Sangwoo Kim (South Korea, 1980) graduated in Arts and Crafts at the Chonnam National University, he decided to work on the traditional Korean terracotta ware – Onggi – constructing large vases that are typical of the area. After two years learning from working with master potters he decided to leave Korea. It was then when he was able to work on his own creative approach, adapting his technical skills to a greater degree of freedom. Sangwoo was greatly influenced by Europe, in 2007 he moved to Switzerland, and now currently resides and has his studio in France. The colourful works from his Seasons series, such as Spring, Summer, Winter, reveal the artist’s desire to create visual complexity, saturating the observers’ field of vision. Roundness, that amazed Sangwoo so much in the Onggi vases, explodes into a cloud of colours in this sensual, enticing works. Find ¨Spring¨ by Sangwoo Kim at www.side-gallery.com.

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For Morten Løbner Espersen, a single glaze is rarely interesting, two or three layers on top of each other can be, but it´s not until the third or fourth firing of more layers that something really starts to happen. The result is difficult to predict, but not having total control is part of the process. There are surprises and disappointments: the glaze can be all over kiln but not on the vase, the colours con be mediocre. But firing can also generate three dimensional structures and colours that take the breath away. The work Espersen does with the form and glaze is pretty similar: a mixture of intuition, reflection and analysis, removing or adding until there is nothing left to change. It´s all about controlling chaos and attaining balance.  The ceramic vase model “#1914” now available at www.side-gallery.com

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“The vessel is my object of choice. An archetypical form I’ve spent 20 years making variations on, from the functional and modest, to the aesthetic and sumptuous. Clay is my material of choice, because it contains so many possibilities: a plastic, amorphous material of incomparable formability that can be fired into imperishable, precise forms.” Morten Løbner Espersen. His ceramic vase model “#1718” now available at www.side-gallery.com

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Morten Løbner Espersen (b. 1963) living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark, has brought a new energy to the tradition of ceramics through a 20-year exploration of his object of choice, the vessel. He focuses on the simplicity of the form through variations of this archetype that balance opposing principles: simple shapes and complex surfaces, or complex shapes and simple surfaces. Whether his vessel is of modest, cylindrical nature or a chaotic, writhing mass of layered glazes, Espersen strives to create a quality in glazing comparable to Japonist pottery. Likened to the frothy, volcanic surfaces of Lucie Rie’s stoneware, the organic and protruding forms of Axel Salto’s “budding” vases, and a Patrick Nordstom brilliance in glazing, Espersen’s clay forms exercise the full potential of his self-imposed neutral starting point.
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Bente Skjøttgaard (b.1961)  is deeply rooted in the ceramic tradition, while at the same time challenging it all the time. She experiments with forms and glazes to the very point of what is physically and technically possible. With her exposure of form and decoration she goes beyond the conventions of ceramics and offends good taste. But this is exactly where – on the borderline of the excessive – artistic tension arises and something new is born. Ceramic vase model “Purple Species n 1607” now available at www.side-gallery.com.

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“The basic elements in my work are the materials: clay and glaze. I enjoy engaging in expressive ceramic experiments that test the boundaries of material and form.
I often take my point of departure in nature’s principles and regularities of form. This results in strange inscrutable sculptural growths and large wild and amorphous nature abstractions that may be both lush and melancholic with an expression of beauty in both growth and decay.” Bente Skjøttgaard .- #love #art #design #benteskjøttgaard

Bente Skjøttgaard (b.1961) makes highly textured ceramic sculptures with an aura of equal parts toughness and her sense for an underlying poetic delicacy. She is constantly testing the performing abilities of the raw materials, the works relying on both her fresh, sketchy approach to modelling in the wet clay and the unpredictability of her firings with glazes at high temperatures. Out of her immediate control, the materials are left in the kiln to perform on the basis of her previous experiences and her infinite curiosity for new unexpected results. Bente Skjøttgaard keeps adding new highly personal chapters to the infinite story that culture and nature share, whilst continuing her exploration of ceramic possibilities. Ceramic model “Blue Cloud 1616” now available at www.side-gallery.com

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"The human body and objects found in nature simultaneously fascinate me. My work carries anthropomorphic references as well as having an autobiographical narrative. Childhood memories of home and the surrounding landscape are evoked in the creation of 'sceneries', positioning pieces in groups, using local legends created from glacial rocks left behind in unexpected locations. These 'landscapes' are a displacement of a 'dream world' to a constructed one." Aneta Regel. Her Ceramic model ”Red Black Relieve”, now available at www-side-gallery.com

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Aneta Regel (b. 1976) graduated from the Royal College in 2006, since then she has positioned herself as a rare talent. She looks not for function but to capture the forms and rhythms of nature that evoke to the landscapes of her native northern Poland. She uses clay as her medium to create abstract sculptures usually unglazed but partly coloured to createa dramatic effect, each piece is repeatedly dried and re-fire resulting on a constant metamorphosis. In addition, she often uses volcanic rock, granite or basalt as the body of her pieces giving them structure, texture and great visual complexity. Her work is somehow eccentric and refreshing, leaving space for the viewer’s imagination.

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Side Gallery is thrilled to present “Claytime!” from November 30th to February 4th : An exhibition dedicated to some of the most relevant contemporary ceramic artists who rethink this traditional handcrafted art:  Aneta Regel, Bente Skjøttgaard, Claudi Casanovas, Ellen Ehk, Gareth Mason, Guy Marshall-Brown,  Jongjin Park, Morten Løbner Espencer,Sandrine Pagny and Sangwoo Kim. The show contains an interesting sequence of textures and colours as a result of the experimentation made by each artist that, combined with the different organic forms, makes an overview of the ceramic nowadays.  Ceramic model ”Moss Buddy” by Aneta Regel in UK, 2017 now available at www.side-gallery.com.

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At the beautiful garden of the 17th century hotel “du Grand Veneur”, part of Galerie Perrotin Paris spaces, we find this elegant outdoor set by Mathieu Mategot. The table and chairs model Antheor, made out of lacquered perforated metal, were manufactured by Ateliers Mategot in 1960. This set is also part of the exhibition from the collaboration between Perro- tin and Side Gallery that started on September of this year.

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As part of the collaboration between Side Gallery and Galerie  Perrotin in Paris, a collection of iconic furniture pieces are  being exhibited next to Perrotin incredible art collection.  Here showing the pair of armchairs model 802 designed by  Carlo de Carli and Gio Ponti along a pair of stools model  Mocho by brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues currently on  show at this exhibit.

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