Demisch Danant specializes in twentieth century European design with an emphasis on the late 1950s through the 1970s. The gallery features the work of Maria Pergay, Pierre Paulin, Joseph Andre Motte, Pierre Guariche, Philippon & Lecoq, Rene Jean Caillette and Pentagon Group. Demisch Danant also engages in a series of exhibitions concerning the intersection of architecture, design and art.
For Design Miami/ 2014, Demisch Danant presents Public Commission, dedicated to significant designs for public spaces in France in the 1960s and 1970s, featuring rare and unique works by Joseph André Motte, Pierre Paulin and Sheila Hicks.
The three decades following the Second World War, “Les Trentes Glorieuses,” saw a proliferation in innovative modern designs for public architecture in France. Significant public projects, including airports and city halls, granted architects and designers new territory for experimentation with form and materials and expression of modern ambitions. In the early 1960s, architects began collaborating with young designers including Joseph André Motte, Pierre Guariche, Alain Richard, and Pierre Paulin.
Joseph André Motte (1925–2013) received the most prestigious public commissions of this period, including Orly Airport (1961) and la Maison de la radio/ORTF (1962). Public Commission features a unique desk designed by Motte for the director of the seaport of Dunkerque, as well as several works for City Hall projects.
In 1972, Pierre Paulin (1927-2009) was commissioned to design the private rooms of the Palais de l’Élysée for George Pompidou, one of the twentieth century’s most preeminent commissions. Public Commission presents the iconic Élysée Chairs designed for the living room of the presidential palace.
The exhibition also includes works by artist Sheila Hicks (b. 1934) and by sculptor Pierre Sabatier (1925-2003), artists renowned for their collaborations on public architectural projects in France during the 1960s and 1970s.
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