For years, Sotheby’s has been honoured to present unique non-selling exhibitions dedicated to 20th Century figures like Diego Giacometti, Pierre Staudemeyer or Jacques Lacloche. In January 2018, the auction house remains committed to Art and culture and pays tribute to Pierre Cardin and its utilitarian sculptures from 1970-1975.
Pierre Cardin’s universe is protean. Whether in the act of creation or in his creations, he has always pursued a concept of ‘line’. In furniture, he makes it a rule to create triumphant two-sided pieces of furniture: utilitarian sculptures. In perpetual motion, and constantly in search of signs, always seeks to create a different, futuristic piece of furniture, and to make iconoclastic creations. In fact, his furniture-sculptures are not installed along the walls, but the centre of the room, so that they can be walked around.
These pieces of furniture, with their extravagant and organic forms, have survived the years. Half a century on, they are still very much in demand. So these ‘utilitarian sculptures’ are long-lasting: consoles, chests of drawers and other tables, they show us that the great designer’s wager in signing his creations and turning his name into a well-known and recognised brand was ultimately successful.
Today, at the age of 96, Pierre Cardin remains a man and a brand, the sign of absolute success, still celebrated and exhibited in all four corners of the world.