Anthonioz does not design furniture; rather he shapes it
Philippe Anthonioz (1953- ) is self-taught; the French sculptor honed his craft working with a trio of twentieth century tastemakers early on in his career – Nadia Pasquer, Raymond Mason and finally with Diego Giacometti. In his own work, Anthonioz questions the boundaries between fine art sculptures and furniture. The question remains unanswered, as the artist’s work sits comfortably between definitions of fine and applied arts.
Anthonioz does not design furniture; rather he shapes it. For this, the Parisian artist starts off with plaster, before modifying scale and materials. Anthonioz lives and works in the French capital; at his studio, he models delicate maquettes using soft gypsum, which later becomes a bronze chair, commanding and confident in design and material. Anthonioz looks to poetry and literature for inspiration. Other themes are both emotional and esoteric, and include brotherhood, passion, and imagined utopias. Pieces in natural or polychrome wood and polished plaster profess to Anthonioz’s love of raw materials and his appreciation of history and the art of sculpture.
CHAIR – M068
Bronze and leather
H 72 x W 53 x D 64,5 cm.
H 28,5 x W 20,9 x D 25,4 inches