Passion for decorative

"I am very French, in the purest sense of the word."

Olivier Gagnère, whose father was an antiques dealer, developed an early interest in the decorative arts. In the 1980s, he met Ettore Sottsass and worked with the Memphis Group. By styling himself as a “neoclassical” designer in the tradition of the great French set designers, he is an artist and artisan in equal measure. His close relationship with the most gifted woodworkers, glassmakers and ceramic artists allows him to combine experimentation with new lines and age-old expertise.

Olivier Gagnère’s vases are characterised by shifts in proportion and staggered lines, creating a new form of balance which is the hallmark of his work : when he presented large-size vases, their pure mat white or pure mat black expressed the unity of the series and permitted their underlying variations of geometry to live and vibrate. The classic form is an illusion that does not really conceal the collection’s highly contemporary nature. Reading it reveals a dual meaning.

Olivier Gagnère is sought-after by the Mobilier National, French national furniture repository and major manufacturers alike. He designs elegant, modern objects which express feeling and a sense of freedom. From his base in Paris, where he lives and works, he refurbishes and decorates prestigious and sophisticated venues worldwide, always staying true to his cultural roots.


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