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Ado Chale

Known for his intricate mosaic furniture inlays, Ado Chale brings raw yet refined artistry to otherwise everyday objects. Born in Belgium, he draws on materials like wood, bone, metal, and precious stones that are broken down, meticulously arranged, and overlaid with resin to create his signature Ado Chale coffee tables and other domestic objects.


As a self-trained craftsman, Ado Chale’s unique use of raw materials lets him create one-of-a-kind designs that feature as centerpieces in homes and private collections around the globe.


According to Ado Chale, he finds inspiration through his discoveries of new and unusual materials to use in his designs. Incorporating natural patterns and textures made from minerals, iron bronze, and aluminum, he finds the technical challenges of working with these mediums push him to create ever more captivating pieces.


The quintessential Ado Chale table makes for a spectacular addition to any home or interior leaning towards raw, soulful, intricate design. Over the decades, Ado Chale’s pieces have been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy, France, the Ixelles Museum in Belgium, and the Palais des Papes in Avignon. It’s no surprise, then, that making an Ado Chale table part of your interior decor puts you in good company among the world’s art connoisseurs.


More recently, Ado Chale’s artworks have graced the exhibits of the exclusive Galerie Yves Gastou. A stalwart among furniture design masters, Ado Chale’s work has become increasingly rare and sought-after. Owning an Ado Chale table or design piece is not only a sign of good taste, but it’s also a sign of distinct refinement and singularity.

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Agnes Sandahl

The Agnes Sandahl Atelier sits in Vallauris, also known as the “Cité des Potiers”, in the heart of the French ceramic world, where artists such as Picasso, Braque and Cocteau created their ceramics. Set inside an old pottery manufacturer, the factory hosts one of the village’s oldest kilns, built in 1850, now part of the historical legend of Vallauris. Today, Agnes presents her own unique pieces in this historical workshop, from sculptures to colorful art of the table. Her work also includes commissions of table settings for Michelin Star chefs such as Joel Robuchon and Eric Frechon, as well as royal families across the globe. Tables created by Agnes are spectacular “Mises en Scenes”, true promises of magnificent meals to come.

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Alicja Podgorska Birkner

Alicja Podgorska Birkner, born 1960, is a contemporary sculptor based in Munich, Germany, working with stone and ceramics. Her goal is to create a soothing and almost meditative effect on the viewer with her sculptures. The artist sees herself as the tool for the material manifestation of the sculptures. Her sculptural works are organic shapes in the first place, partially with "step" forms or consisting of multiple parts.

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Angelo Brotto

Angelo Brotto (born 1914, Venice) was a Venetian designer and artist who is known for his work as a lamp designer and for his work with glass. He graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia in 1941, and immediately thereafter, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned him to paint frescoes in Montenegro. During the late 40s, he created pieces in Venice for Peggy Guggenheim’s collection, and during his career he won many design and art awards, including awards in Bergamo, Cremona, Suzzara, and Verona, as well as at the first Exhibition of Engravings in Rome.

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Aristide Najean

Aristide Najean (Paris) is a Parisian artist who arrived in Murano in 1986 to study the Venetian island's renowned, centuries-old glassmaking techniques. Originally a painter, he saw glassmaking as an extension of this, and it became his preferred materials.

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Arne Quinze

Arne Quinze (Belgium, 1971) is a Belgian contemporary artist, painter and sculptor. His work involves everything from small drawings and paintings, medium-sized sculptures to massive installations. Quinze was born in Belgium in 1971 and currently lives and works in Saint-Martens-Latem, a town near the Belgian city of Ghent. His early career in the 1980s was as a graffiti artist. He always questioned the role of our cities and started his search for cities to become open air museums. His work quickly evolved from Street Art to Public Art with recurring themes as social interaction, urbanization and diversity.

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Art | Wall Art

Far from the restrictions of framed landscapes, LECLAIREUR offers discerning home decorators, collectors, and interior designers a matchless range of unique designer wall art. Whether you’re looking for a minimalistic centerpiece, an abstract painting to act as a talking point, or a hyper-realistic rendition of the human form, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our extensive collection of designer wall decor and mid-century modern wall art.

 

Why not opt for a raw, metallic centerpiece from Kiko Lopez, inspired by the artistic form of light and natural materials? Or, if you prefer more understated wall art design, consider Pierre Bonnefille’s take on the art of Furoshiki.

 

For a more sensuous design theme, the rugged artistry of Piero Fornasetti’s erotic drawings may excite the senses. Best bought in sets, these drawings are one-of-a-kind and will transform any interior into a singular work of art in its own right.

 

And, should a more three-dimensional form of designer wall art be preferred, don’t overlook the appeal of Aristide Najean’s “Toro” mask sconces. Not only are these intricate pieces a magnificent feat of artistic prowess, but they are sure to act as a talking point among art lovers and collectors alike.

 

Alternatively, should you prefer a more traditional form of designer wall art that captivates and intrigues, Jean-Daniel Lorieux’s aquatic-themed portraits and landscapes will be the perfect addition to your home.

 

Regardless of your personal taste, you are sure to find a masterpiece to adorn the walls of your home in our carefully curated selection of wall art design pieces you won’t find anywhere else.

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Atelier Buffile

Ceramic Atelier founded in 1945 based in South of France. It had been run by the Buffile family for three generations. Each item is hand painted, one of a kind.

 

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Ben Storms

Ben Storms is a Belgian designer and craftsman who thinks in terms of materials. He prefers to start with one material and examine it unbiased. His research is done uninhibitedly, to ensure he captures all the possibilities material has to offer. By using state-of-the-art techniques he transforms them to captivating shapes that defy expectations. He has refined his craft as a stonemason, sculptor and woodworker. In his practice, he often combines traditional techniques with high-tech processes to create unique pieces of furniture with a sculptural character.

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Bitossi Ceramiche

The identity of Bitossi Ceramiche starts from the beginning of 1900’s and develops upon a productive ceramic tradition that existed in Montelupo Fiorentino starting from 1500. The Bitossi family business produces artistic ceramics, at least since 1871. The traditional production was renewed thanks to the Art Direction of Aldo Londi, a man attentive to the evolution of taste and with a natural born creative sense. Bitossi Ceramiche still is in the original factory and it is still the destination for leading design characters who are fascinated by the historical value of the company and by craft production and create unique collections which are then appreciated by collectors around the world. This attitude bound to the entrepreneurial skills developed throughout the years and to the constant research for quality product, helped to create its own identity for Bitossi Ceramiche, qualifying it as an example of Italian excellence. 

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Borek Sipek

Borek Sipek (1949-2016) Czech architect and designer. In 1983, he was awarded a prestigious architectural prize for his design of a glass house in Hamburg. The same year he moved to Amsterdam where he started his own studio for architecture and design named Studio Sipek. Borek Sipek’s creations have been put on display in numerous museums across the world including, The Museum of Modern art in New York, Umelecko-Prumyslové Museum in Prague Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Museum of Decorative Art in Paris.


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Campana Brothers

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Carlo Moretti

Established in 1958 in the heart of Venice, Italy’s Murano glassblowing hub by brothers Carlo and Giovanni Moretti, the Carlo Moretti brand combines the century-old craft of mouth-blown Murano glass with contemporary Italian design. Clean lines, modern decorations, and clear surfaces are the distinctive traits of Carlo Moretti’s creations, which embody the union of the two souls of this versatile material: solid and liquid.


Utilizing bright palettes and an impactful contrast between negative space created by clear glass and interspersed with contemporary use of color, Carlo Moretti glasses and decorative objects make the perfect table centerpiece or addition to an authentic glasswork collection. Moretti’s use of marbling sets his glassware apart from more simplistic techniques. With more than five decades of glass-making experience, Carlo Moretti was a master of his trade in every sense of the word.


Drawing on his travels, studies, and the rich history brought to life by Murano’s master glassblowers, Carlo Moretti glass design pieces like the Carlo Moretti vase are truly one of a kind. Each Murano crystal piece is numbered and signed before leaving the care of Moretti’s experienced craftsmen. This promise of singularity accompanied by the attention-grabbing designs of Carlo Moretti glasses and vases cater to a clientele of fine art collectors, admirers, and those who value owning a piece of Italian heritage.


Today, Carlo Moretti’s glassware is displayed in more than 20 museums worldwide, a testament to the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into every Carlo Moretti glass creation.

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Ceramics | Sculptures

Perfected by clay artists over thousands of years, ceramic sculptures have been stalwarts of the art and interior design sphere for nearly just as long. As a result, it can be nearly impossible to find a home that doesn’t incorporate a ceramic sculpture of some kind in its decor. Given this popularity, it’s easy to underappreciate the beauty, singularity, and uniqueness the right classic or abstract ceramic sculpture can bring to your home or outdoor living space. 


There is no limit to the varying styles or techniques talented sculptors can use to turn ceramic art into their specific masterpieces. However, like most maestros, the ceramic artistic greats quickly specialize in only a few techniques that turn their sculptures from art pieces to attention-grabbing centerpieces. 


Modern, minimalistic, and championing organic shapes and clean lines, Jan Vogelpoel is an artistic powerhouse. Her sculptures exude awe-inspiring simplicity that captures the gaze whether it’s a vase or brutalist abstract tile. 


On the other end of the spectrum, creatives like Agnes Sandahl draw inspiration from the greats in other mediums including the likes of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Brilliant turquoise and cerulean glaze the surface of some of her abstract ceramic sculptures while others project their earthen beauty by remaining elegantly unpainted. 


And, for those in search of a one-of-a-kind nucleus to their design flow, acquiring a vintage piece by a ceramic icon like Aldo Londi is not only an admirable achievement but a milestone in any art lover's collection journey.

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Dalo

French ceramists Daniel Derock and Loïc de Bailliencourt share a passion for 20th Century design and more specifically, post-war Art Deco from the 50’s to the 80’s. An archivist and a scientific mission director in their former lives, they teamed up in 2007 to create ceramic pieces that offer figurative lines and a primitive aesthetic, pushing forward values dear to their hearts, such as hope and solidarity. Creating a visual genre that conjures the Cloutier Brothers, Derval or Picasso, the duo likes to engage in various techniques: turning, molding, or ‘colombinage’ – the assembling of clay tubes to create a shape. 

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Eligo

Milanese design company Eligo specializes in artisanally produced objects that blend traditional craftsmanship with a contemporary aesthetic sensibility. Housewares are designed and curated under the mantra “Italian beauty is timeless.”Many of the designs produced by Eligo are inspired by historically important Italian craft typologies. Eligo also organizes exhibitions, creates documentary videos, and acts as a commercial agent for artisans on the global market. The company art directs tailor-made collections for its customers and serves as an interior design agency for private homes and shops.

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Fornasetti

The Italian designer, painter, sculptor, craftsman, and decorator Piero Fornasetti cultivated a highly original style throughout his career. Awestruck by the past greatness of Italian art, Piero Fornasetti developed an eclectic style that drew inspiration from, but was not confined to, the motifs of the Novecento movement that branched out of Neo-Classicism. Instead, Piero Fornasetti incorporated Early Renaissance ornamental and pictorial motifs in his work that spanned a variety of mediums. Silk scarves, furniture, porcelain plates, vessels, vases, and other decorative objects often served as his canvas, and his work became instantly recognizable thanks to consistent depictions of the face of his one great muse, Lina Cavalieri. 


Debuted during his “Tema e Variazioni” series, Lina Cavalieri, an opera singer and actress, became his signature motif and the famed “Fornasetti face.” Her image adorned his most prized artworks including the highly regarded Fornasetti plates and Fornasetti furniture


In the 1980s, Piero Fornasetti’s work became immensely popular among Postmodern designers. Their influence and sway have helped spur the popularity of Fornasetti prints and other decor pieces that still inspire and awe even today. 

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Fornasetti Candles and Home Fragrances

An Italian designer, sculptor, and painter by trade, Piero Fornasetti is known for his unique artistic style inspired by the Novecento movement. Drawing on Early Renaissance motifs, Fornasetti is best known for his porcelain plates, vases, and furniture, many of which feature the face of famed opera singer Lina Cavalieri. Fornasetti candles hold an equally important place in his creative history.

 

Combining the mediums of design, light, and scent, a Fornasetti candle is a true masterpiece and a priceless addition to any home. Housed in vividly decorated ceramic vases, many featuring the telltale visage of Piero Fornasetti’s muse, Fornasetti candles fill a room with warm, inviting light and a variety of subtle yet powerful scents. Signature scents for our Fornasetti candles include Fior di Bacio, Otto, and Flora.

 

In addition to Fornasetti candles, our range of Fornasetti home fragrances is equally sought after and spans from incense boxes to diffusing spheres. 

 

Our best sellers include the Sardine Rosso Fornasetti diffusing sphere, a bright red sphere decorated with a minimalistic pattern of crisply rendered sardines, and the Gold Losanghe Scented Candle with Cavalieri’s face hidden behind bold strokes of gold.

 

Each Fornasetti candle is crafted using vegan wax and encased in a porcelain container. No matter the Fornasetti candle you spring for, this culmination of art, light, and fragrance will brighten up any room in more ways than one. Revel in the scent of sheer luxury with a Fornasetti candle in your living room, bedroom, or kitchen, and enjoy the wafts of soft floral or rich spice notes that drift through your home as the light from the flickering flame dances across your walls.

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Fornasetti | Glassware

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Fornasetti | Panels and Wall Hangings

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Fornasetti | Plates

Bring a sense of singularity to your home with eye-catching Fornasetti plates adorning your walls or dining table. With bold strokes, attention-capturing facial motifs, and an instantly recognizable color palette consisting of moody black and white interspersed with bright red or gold, Fornasetti wall plates are the perfect addition to any home, apartment, or condo.

 

Although the brand was originally established by Piero Fornasetti, who drew inspiration from his muse, opera singer Lina Cavalieri, the design house has been kept thriving by his son, Barnaba, who has managed the business since the 1980s.

 

Among Barnaba’s additions to his father’s renowned brand is the Fornasetti plate. Made in both dining plate and wall plate form, Fornasetti plates are known for their unique pattern work, generous use of gold overlay, and for being handcrafted from only the finest porcelain.

 

Our range of Fornasetti wall plates and dinner plates come as single pieces like the Architettura black and white dinner plate, or sets of 12 plates like the Astronomici collection. When not adorned with Cavalieri’s face, Fornasetti plates are known to depict creative renditions of astronomy and the occasional yearly calendar for use as a wall plate.

 

Whether you choose a wall plate, dessert plate, or dinner plate set, any Fornasetti plate will bring a sense of elegance, uniqueness, and understated fun to the interior of any room. Like the playful elements of other Fornasetti furniture, vases, and decor, Fornasetti plates are made to interest and delight both those who have seen them hundreds of times and those who have only just laid eyes on their creative mastery.

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Fornasetti | Screens

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Geoffrey Parker

Geoffrey Parker Games has been running for over 60 years in the hands of three generations of Parkers. By the early Seventies, the Company had already established itself as No.1 in The World for luxury board games, this culminated for Chess in Geoffrey being commissioned to make the leather boxes and chessboards for the famous Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer’s 1972 World Championship battle in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Company’s expertise was required for what is widely recognized as the first World Backgammon Championship. To this day Geoffrey Parker supplies it's luxury backgammon boards for the world backgammon tournament in Monte Carlo. 


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Georges Pelletier

Georges Pelletier, born in 1938, Belgian artist and ceramist recognized around the world. His works are an exploration of the dreams and the play of light on various surfaces and materials. All the pieces he works with are integrated into the ceramic, therefore creating ceramic "light totems". His works have been exhibited and admired by collectors around the world.

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Gio Ponti

It takes a native son to build something as iconic as the Pirelli Tower, Gio Ponti’s 1960 masterpiece that soars over Milan. In 1928, the prolific architect and designer founded Domus, the influential design magazine to which he would contribute for the rest of his life. Along with building projects like the elegant Villa Planchart in Caracas, Ponti designed a number of now-iconic products, including the lightweight Superleggera chair and the curvy La Pavoni coffee machine of 1948. He was an enthusiastic leader of the post-war reconstruction, and a major influence on younger designers including Alessandro Mendini and Ettore Sottsass. In 2011, his prolific and wide-ranging career was the subject of the exhibition “Expressions of Gio Ponti” at the Triennale Museum in Milan. "Love architecture, be it ancient or modern,” Ponti said. “Love it for its fantastic, adventurous and solemn creations; for its inventions; for the abstract, allusive and figurative forms that enchant our spirit and enrapture our thoughts. Love architecture, the stage and support of our lives."

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Glas Italia

Glas Italia, established in 1972 in Brianza supported by century-long experience of the family glass factory and driven by an inexhaustible passion for glass. Research and design combined with the most advanced technology, in collaboration with internationally renowned designers, realizing the ideas of their creative talent come true. Sophistication, originality, intrinsic and formal quality are the salient features of all Glas Italia products that are equally adhered to in home, office and contract sectors.


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Hans J. Wegner

Hans Jørgensen Wegner (1914-2007) was a renown Danish furniture designer. Best known for his chairs and seating pieces — though a master of many furniture types like sofas and tables — Hans Wegner was a prolific designer whose elegant designs contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design. Wegner considered himself a carpenter first and a furniture designer second. He was a firm believer that striking aesthetics in furniture were based on a foundation of practicality: a chair must be comfortable and sturdy before it is chic.

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Hugh Findletar

Born in Jamaica and educated in New York, Hugh Findletar moved to Italy 23 years ago where he quickly and forever fell in love with Murano and its glass blowers. Photographer by trade with a particular interest in portraiture and being a florist as he jokingly defines himself, he worked for seven years before introducing the world and our tables to his flamboyant “Flowerheadz”. The roots of this project lie deep into his love for eternal endurance (glass being the only material to offer this to humanity) and his influences: Ancient Greece, Eritrea and banquet cups from the Roman Empire. Each head has its own character, and they are real personalities — each has a name (Tess, Chris, Tyron, Agnes and Hugh) and they all assume their Baroque essence. 



 

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Jan Vogelpoel

Combining a mid-century design aesthetic with a contemporary minimalist approach, Jan Vogelpoel’s intuitive and fervent process produces ceramic sculptures that hold an ethereal presence in any space, effortlessly reflecting connection, fluidity and strength. Each piece carries the energy of nature and the maker, and the characteristic raw finish of her work makes them highly tactile, recalling the textures of sandstone cliffs or ancient artefacts.

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, Melbourne-based Vogelpoel has worked with clay for over 20 years, honing her skills under South African ceramicist artists Barbara Jackson and Karen Scott. After a career in graphic design, interior styling and art direction, she started working with clay full-time in 2019.

Vogelpoel has been shortlisted for the Victorian Craft Awards (2019) established by Craft Victoria, and The Design Files + Laminex Awards (2021), with her work now widely collected in Australia and internationally.


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Jean-Daniel Lorieux

Jean-Daniel Lorieux is a French fashion photographer. He was born in 1937 in Paris.

He began his career at Studio Harcourt in 1964, as an assistant. He stayed there for a while before becoming a freelance photographer.
For more than two decades, he worked for the biggest fashion magazines: Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, L’Officiel, and more.

Christian Dior, Céline, Lanvin, Pierre Cardin, Paco Rabanne entrust him with the realization of their advertising campaigns. Going beyond "classic" fashion photography, many personalities call on him for portraits. Salvador Dali, Nelson Mandela, Serge Gainsbourg, Salma Hayek, Johnny Halliday or even the President of the Republic: Jacques Chirac.
The paradisiacal islands of the South quickly became his studios. From the Maldives to the Seychelles, Jean-Daniel Lorieux crisscrossed the beaches in search of sun, light and joy.

At a time when models were starting to become stars, he directed them for the biggest fashion newspapers. The great fashion houses such as Cardin, Lanvin, Céline, Dior and Paco Rabanne then secured his services.

He knew how to impose his style, by idyllic photographs, always unexpected, mixing eroticism and happiness. The joyful sensuality emanating from his work is mixed with a provocative humor. His colorful photographs sublimate his exceptional models. Great models like Claudia Schiffer or Stéphanie Seymour, to actresses like Sharon Stones and singers like Frank Sinatra, all have passed her lens.

Jean-Daniel Lorieux is recognized today for having made fashion photography evolve. Through his happy, positive and unexpected photographs, he has left his indelible mark.

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Kiko Lopez

Born in Puerto Rico, Kiko Lopez established his first ceramics atelier at just 14 years of age. Despite this early mastery, he later gravitated to the glass art that would bring him international acclaim.


Today, Kiko Lopez’s work is the paragon of expressive yet functional glass art. An architect and industrial designer by education, he has been an innovator among glass artists for upwards of 30 years. His signature artworks combine techniques and inspiration from across a varied range of disciplines. The result is glasswork that captures attention and emotion just as easily as it does light.


Throughout his storied career, Kiko Lopez has produced furniture, chandeliers, doors, and other challenging commissions combining his expertise as an architect and an artist.


For the last 12 years, however, he has specialized in producing the acclaimed Kiko Lopez mirror. The mirrors, also known as Shadow Drawings, incorporate techniques he learned from other glass artists, historic texts, and his own explorations of the medium. Every Kiko Lopez mirror and artwork is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece brought to life in the South of France.


He has gone beyond mere artistry to champion his talent and meticulous craftsmanship in a way that has won him praise and admiration from interior designers, architects, and collectors from all over the world.

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Laura Gonzalez

Laura Gonzalez is a Paris-based architect and interior designer known to create places with a remarkable identity. Never confined in one style, always inspired by many references, Laura defines her style as « chic mix and match ». Interested in art, sculpture, photography, and painting she draws inspiration in a classical world enhanced by contemporary touch. Laura founded her Parisian agency at the age of 24, while still a student at the Ecole Nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Malaquais. Since then, she’s been making a name for herself in the world of design. The head of her own company, Laura has worked with internationally renowned French Houses like Cartier, Christian Louboutin, l’Occitane, and now Leclaireur gallery.
Three different Madras armchairs are the result of this collaboration, which offers a setting for a story. “It personifies the quirky, laid-back and colorful spirit I love. You should never take yourself too seriously.” - Laura Gonzalez

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Miguel Berrocal

Miguel Berrocal (1933-2003) was an award winning Spanish figurative and abstract sculptor. He is best known for his puzzle sculptures, which can be disassembled into many abstract pieces. These works are also known for the miniature artworks and jewelry incorporated into or concealed within them, and the fact that some of the sculptures can be reassembled or reconfigured into different arrangements. Berrocal's sculptures span a wide range of physical sizes from monumental outdoor public works, to intricate puzzle sculptures small enough to be worn as pendants.

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Norman Cherner

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Osvaldo Borsani

Osvaldo Borsani (1911-1985) was an Italian architect and furniture designer. With his stylish and technically innovative furniture, Osvaldo Borsani helped change the face of Italian design in the 1950s and ’60s. While still in school, Borsani participated in the fifth Milan Triennale, presenting his Casa Minima project, which earned him a silver medal. In 1953, Osvaldo and his twin brother, Fulgenzio opened TECNO, a firm that became known for its technology and research- based approach to furniture design. Borsani’s best-known and most novel pieces date from TECNO’s initial furniture lines are now included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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Paul McCobb

Boston native Paul McCobb (1917-1969) was best known for what the New York Times called his “sleek, uncluttered and modular design”. Although McCobb may have been influenced by other modern designers of his day, he worked to cultivate a home-grown American style. The signal aesthetic attribute of McCobb designs is that he completely forsook ornament — his pieces have no flourishes. And yet, because they are honest, McCobb’s mid-century modern work has warmth and presence.

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Pavel Hlava

Pavel Hlava (1924 – 2003) was one of the pioneers of contemporary glass sculpture in the Czech Republic. He, along with other leading Czech glass artists, viewed glass art from an innovative perspective, creating a new genre of contemporary glass art.  Hlava is well-known for demonstrating the full potential of glass art using both cold-working and free-blowing techniques. Throughout his career, Hlava exhibited mainly in the United States, UK and Japan. 

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Philippe Hiquily

Combining modernist designs with raw humanity and insect physiognomy, Philippe Hiquily became world-renowned for his biomorphic furniture and sculptures. Born in France in 1925, Philippe Hiquily spent more than a decade creating abstract figurative sculptures before turning his attention to producing his signature Philippe Hiquily furniture in 1960. Using his favorite sculptural material, metal, Philippe Hiquily's tables and sculptures were commissioned by numerous of his haute society peers. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal.


His unique take on design objects like candle holders, armchairs, and tables has made Philippe Hiquily furniture a sought-after addition to some of the most important private art collections and residential interiors in the world. Today, owning a Philippe Hiquily table, sculpture, or decorative piece places you among the ranks of the most passionate art collectors and admirers around the globe.

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Pia Manu

Pia Manu is a workshop from Ingelmunster, Belgium where Jules Dewaele, and later his son Koen Dewaele worked during the 60’s until now, working with natural stone and ceramics. The created pieces consist of primitive shapes, enhanced by the use of rough materials such as bronze, copper or slate. The minimalist approach makes its creations timeless. Their tables are rare and sought after by collectors around the world.

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Pierre Bonnefille

A French artist, painter, and designer recognized as Maître d’art (Master of Art) by the French Ministry of culture in 2010, Pierre Bonnefille is undoubtedly one of the modern greats. Born in 1958 in Saint-Quentin, a city in northern France, Pierre Bonnefille has lived and worked in Paris since 1985.

 

Using materials and textures sourced from natural pigments and metallic powders, the intensity, color, and movements of light in Bonnefille's work propose a ceaseless new interpretation of artistic design, giving his pieces a unique and particular identity. Drawing inspiration from the architectural marvels of Venice, Pompei, and Kyoto, Pierre Bonnefille’s work captures the techniques, silhouettes, and ambiance that makes each of these cities unique. His wall compositions and furniture pieces have been displayed across the globe including New York, Shanghai, and Paris; with commissions from prestige luxury brands including Cartier, Hermès, and Loro Piana.

 

LECLAIREUR showcases some of Bonnefille’s most emblematic series: ’Bronze Paintings,’ ‘Furoshiki Drawings,’ and his home collection, ‘Metamorphosis.’

 

The ‘Bronze Paintings’ explore metallic textures, yet is far from traditional bronze work. Bronze stretches out in a metallic mesh, revealing moving landscapes, aquatic reflections, and silky surfaces that resonate in the light.

 

The ‘Furoshiki Drawings’ capture the centuries-old Japanese traditional art of wrapping in two dimensions through carbon and bronze.

 

His crowning glory, the ‘Metamorphosis’ home collection series, pays homage to geometry and includes items such as cabinets and consoles with raw, clean edges. Implementing techniques like calligraphy, abstract painting, and powerfully leveraging negative space, Pierre Bonnefille’s artwork is a priceless addition to any collector or design-minded art lover.

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Pierre Jeanneret

Pierre Jeanneret was a visionary of modernist architecture and designer. He pioneered a new aesthetic vocabulary that placed function and order over embellishment—Jeanneret’s work imbuing the strict geometry of modernism with energetic diagonals and lighter materials like cane and wood. In the early 1950s Jeanneret joined his cousin, renown architect LeCorbusier, in Chandigarh, India, where they embarked on a massive urban-planning project, laying out the city and designing buildings and furniture. Though Corbusier abandoned the project halfway through, Jeanneret remained for 15 years as the project’s chief architect. The city remains a masterpiece of the modern vision.

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Pierre Jeanneret Chairs

A visionary of modernist design, Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret and his more famous cousin, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, also known as Le Corbusier, took the world of architecture by clean-lined, geometrical storm. 


Graduating from the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva in 1921, Pierre joined Le Corbusier’s Paris office and collaborated with his cousin on a variety of acclaimed architectural projects across Europe. Most notably, the pair were responsible for the architecture and design of the modernist Villa Savoye and Maison La Roche in Paris, as well as the groundbreaking apartment building of Immeuble Clarté in Geneva, Switzerland.


At odds over the politics of World War II, the cousins initially parted ways. Pierre joined the French resistance while Le Corbusier threw in his hat with the occupying forces of Vichy. For more than a decade the cousins refused to work together. They only reconciled in 1950, when Le Corbusier invited Pierre to join him on a project that would later become his crowning architectural achievement—the urban planning and design of the city of Chandigarh in India. 


As their building plans and designs took shape, Pierre Jeanneret took it upon himself to design furniture to suit the offices and government outposts they were creating. Inspired by the materials readily available in and around Chandigarh, Pierre went on to pioneer a new style of furniture that valued functionality and modern minimalism over embellishment. 


Primarily crafted from lightweight teak, cane, or sissoo wood, the raw, earthy, and unassuming color palette contrasted strongly with his use of nearly clinically straight lines and bold geometric silhouettes. The Pierre Jeanneret chair was one of his most revolutionary creations and paid homage to his dedication to minimalism, being the first functional chair to require no fasteners. 


Unlike the gaudy, metallic, and embellished influences drawn on by other designers of the era, Pierre Jeanneret’s designs preferred to contrast shapes and silhouettes, pairing gentle curves with the delineation of sharp, clean outlines.


Halfway through the planning and construction of Chandigarh, Le Corbusier abandoned the project, leaving Pierre to oversee the conclusion of his life’s work and remain in Chandigarh until his death in 1967. Unaware of the pioneering nature of the furniture inhabiting their buildings, the residents of Chandigarh gradually did away with much of Pierre's original work. 


Only as minimalism made its global debut in the 1990s did refurbishers and collectors realize the value of the simple, unassuming Pierre Jeanneret chairs hidden among other used furniture in scrapyards and thrift stores across India. 


Today, the iconic Pierre Jeanneret kangaroo chair and Pierre Jeanneret lounge chair serve as centerpieces in homes around the world that value exclusivity and minimalist design. Although there are many replicas of Pierre Jeanneret's creations, the originals themselves are quite rare. 


Owning a vintage Pierre Jeanneret dining chair or stool carries a form of simplistic nostalgia. It exudes an atmosphere of relaxation and functionality few designers have been able to embody in their furniture since. 

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Sophie Dries

Sophie Dries (French, b. 1986) is an architect and designer, with a Degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Design from the Aalto University of Helsinki . After having collaborated with luxury interior Design architecture firms such as Atelier Jean Nouvel, Pierre Yovanovitch or Christian Liaigre, Sophie Dries created in 2014 her studio  based in Paris, and Milan since 2017. She is innovating the design space with her untethered approach to shapes and materials. Dries mixes contemporary items with old techniques and fuses radical lines with smooth design. Between luxury and raw materials, in an experimental quest around traditional materials, Sophie Dries Shares her aesthetic perception by designing essential objects. Combining radical lined and primitive forms, she collaborates with exceptional craftsmen and proposes a bold design that links elements of the present to ancestral techniques. Her style, never driven by a preconceived recipe, is always influenced by the uniqueness of each encounter and the «cosmic essence of the material.» (to quote Brancusi).

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Vittorio Introini

Vittorio Introini (b. 1935) is an Italian Postwar & Contemporary artist. A passionate architect and designer, Vittorio Introini began his design activity in the 1960s. Introini’s innovative input and desire for change characterized the cultural background of the time he was creating his furnishings. His designs always included: individual creativity, subjectivity of compositional systems and knowledge of new materials. His work was featured in an exhibition at the KANAL – Centre Pompidou.

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Von Pelt

Von Pelt Atelier is a group of designer and creatives whose members provenance, their crafts and talents are rich and varied. Most are self taught or come from a previous different discipline and location, such as graphic design and poetry from London and Spain, artist sculptors from Berlin, Italian textile researchers and craftsmen etc. All united in a common quest for originality, innovation and quality. The style has a strong narrative and the historical and cultural references are glazed with a layer of wit. Von Pelt atelier is producing ceramics, rugs, furniture, lights, installations accessories and art projects.

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Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) was an Iraqi-born British architect. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in her own right. Hadid liberated architectural geometry with the creation of highly expressive, sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry that evoke the chaos and flux of modern life. A pioneer of parametricism, and an icon of neo-futurism, with a formidable personality, her acclaimed work and ground-breaking forms include the aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics, the Broad Art Museum in the U.S., and the Guangzhou Opera House in China. 

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Zsolt Simon

Zsolt Simon, is a Hungarian ceramic artist. He describes his sculptures as movement studies without real forms. His goal is not to catch the forms but the process of forming. He creates the sculptures in his own advanced version of slip casting – traditionally a potter’s technique where liquid clay, or slip, is poured into a plaster mold. But Simon intentionally lets the slip leak between the cavities of the mold, forming intricate effects between the inside and outside of his sculptures. Simon's works had  been exhibited internationally, and won numerous awards, including at the prestigious International Ceramic Biennale of Korea. 

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