Marie Barbier-Mueller (ed.)

L'Esprit de la chaise

La collection de chaises de Thierry Barbier-Mueller

The chairs in this private collection are not an assembly of objects of everyday use. They are a congregation of creatures often eluding their primary purpose as seating. Metaphorically exaggerated height and disassociation transform the chairs into individuals, or sculptures exploring the uncertain boundaries of physics. The book’s generous layout allows readers to immerse themselves in this cabinet of curiosities and give their imagination free rein. Nicolas Polli and Jean Vincent Simonet use their photographic essays to interpret the exhibits originating from well-known artists and designers. The texts illustrate the collection in terms of the friction between art and design. They explain the collection’s significance in the life of the collector, and they discuss the general motives that lead to a passion for collecting.

Available from November 2022

Edited by Marie Barbier-Mueller
With essays by Lorette Coen, Chantal Prod'Hom, Charlotte Savolainen-Mailler,
Jamieson Webster
Design: Hubertus Design/Jonas Vögeli

22 × 30 cm, 8 ¾ × 11 ¾ in
384 pages, 927 illustrations
2022, 978-3-03778-711-3, French
65,00 €