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François-Xavier Lalanne
KL UNIQUE DRAWING BOARD, 1964-1966
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 753,000 EUR
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156
François-Xavier Lalanne
KL UNIQUE DRAWING BOARD, 1964-1966
Estimate
500,000700,000
LOT SOLD. 753,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Design

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Paris

François-Xavier Lalanne
KL UNIQUE DRAWING BOARD, 1964-1966
patinated metal, wood, glass leather and opaline ; with a stool
Branded LALANNE and dated 64 on the top front edge
176 x 200 x 76,5 cm ; 69 1/4 x 78 3/4 x 30 1/8 in.
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This lot is sold with a certificate by Mrs Claude Lalanne.

An incredible discovery, the present lot was only known by a select few. Commissioned by Karl Lagerfeld, it was installed in his apartment on the rue de l'Université in Paris, where it was placed alongside his collection of Art Deco works. The table is dated 64 and was delivered in 1966, the same year the artist designed his Serpent cushion, remote-controlled Tortoise and his famous Ostriches bar.
This piece, envisioned and conceived with the sole aim of satisfying its famous sponsor, engages in a discourse between the fashion designer and the sculptor. Karl Lagerfeld required a movable tray, and François-Xavier Lalanne responded by conceiving a tray with an adjustable incline. The artist went further and designed containers in glass and metal for brushes and pencils and a wide surface to prepare gouaches and watercolours in opaline enshrined in subtle brown leather. He included a light source so the designer could work at night and most importantly he integrated a sphere in which Lagerfeld could store his equipment.

In the mid-1970's, Karl Lagerfeld relinquished the table to another enlightened collector: Jacques Grange. The famous decorator installed his new acquisition under the large glass roof in his apartment in the 6th arrondissement, where he used it continually until the 1980's.

With this piece, François-Xavier Lalanne affirms that a true sculpture, and more importantly a work of art, can also possess functional details. Here he displays his desire to return to sculpture, too long sacralised according to him, with a more familiar dimension and a functional use.
Today we observe it and also use it, as Karl Lagerfeld and Jacques Grange did.

"François-Xavier Lalanne's drawing table has provided me with beautiful inspirations and pleasures in my early years. I hope it will provide the same thing to its new acquirer. "
Jacques Grange

Provenance

Collection Karl Lagerfeld, acquired directly from the artist
Collection Jacques Grange, Paris
Private collection, France
Private collection, Paris

Literature

"L'appartement d'un styliste", L'Oeil, March 1968, illustrated pp. 52-53
"Un styliste d'aujourd'hui aux sources du Design", L'Oeil, October 1969, illustrated pp. 53-54 
Claude Frégnac, "3 appartements de collectionneurs", Plaisir de France, Octobre 1970, p. 40
Décoration, Tradition et Renouveau
, Collection Connaissance des Arts, Paris, 1973, illustrated p. 99
Les Lalanne, exhibition catalogue, Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, June 15 - July 13, 1975, mentionned p. 102 in the chronology
"Un jardin pour l'hiver", Maison & Jardin, March 1977, illustrated p. 84

Catalogue Note

The present lot is to be compared with two other pieces executed at the same time : the YSL bar, commissioned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1965 and another bar, commissioned by Mr and Mrs Mayersdorff in 1966.
These pieces, which presents with many similarities, are special orders.

Design

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Paris