Through about ten objects, all original, Piergil Fourquié demonstrates:
– Cantilever balance through the ‘Big Boss’ desk
– Dynamic balance with the ‘Partition’ shelf which is built and dismantled
– Group balance, through the infinite number of ‘Totems’ compositions
– Balance of the suspended membrane in the ‘Bulles’ (Bubbles) collection
Objects, from which an evidence, profound peace is emitted, to border an essential balance, ours, which
exists in our life and our domestic environment.
‘Balance: from the Latin aequilibrium, from aequus ‘equal’ and libra ‘balance, weight.’ A concept which describes
situations where the ‘forces’ present – the parts in the case of a metaphor – are equal, or such that
none surpasses the others.’
‘Cantilever: an installation is known as cantilever when an element is supported by a part which is above
space; that is without immediate support below the ‘cantilever’ element. A cantilever installation carries the
risk of imbalance or of rupture in the event of overloading as it depends on the solidity of the supports.’
H: 85 – W: 150 cm – D: 70 cm
Oak, topstitched leather and metal
Drawing inspiration from architectural constructions using the cantilever principal, the lacquered metal skirt gives a solid volume on which the entire desk depends. This support contrasts with the light oak suspended top which juts out over an empty space. The choice of material is a metaphor for a ‘sports coupe’ car: the metallic exterior reflects the immediate environment and hides the user’s legs. The refined topstitched leather interior creates a warm protective cocoon favourable to work. The elegance of the lines hides all that is to be hidden: computer cables; electric wires; drawer.
DIMENSIONS Big size 43cm x 25cm
Medium size 26cm x 13cm
Small size 16cm x 16cm
MATERIAL white marble or obsidian and glass
A floating glass bell emanating from a stone base (Carrare marble for the white base, obsidian for the black one), this individual showcase will welcome your favourite objects into a precious and transparent cocoon. At a stroke, it will also transform into a lovely and original vase. «The bubbles» collection is inspired by laboratory glassware, tubes, beakers, round-bottom flasks, separatory funnels or Erlenmeyers, to which it gives a new aesthetic and a new life.
“The Bubbles” also explore the theme of miniature landscape and micro-architecture, playing with concepts such as balance, stability and volume. In combining simple and obvious shapes, it sets the stage for fascinating microcosms that are highlighted by the contrasts between the stone base and the glass cover.
H: from 50 cm to 172 cm
Oak and concrete
Totem is a series of six objects that are usually found in the hall: a mirror, a set of occasional tables, a flower pot holder and a coat stand. This set welcomes visitors to a simple and refined environment, punctuated by the solid cast concrete pedestals which support very ethereal fine structures. The concrete base is the weight which holds each of the totems in equilibrium at different heights.
H: 148 – W: 158 cm – D: 40 cm
Oak and lacquered metal
This shelf looks like a musical score; the lacquered metal crosspieces punctuate and give rhythm to the entire piece of furniture, graphically and sculpturally. The way to fix it provides great flexibility and gives each user the possibility of forming their own score depending on the interior dimensions and the objects that are to be put on it. The light oak shelves are superimposed one above the other and give the impression of levitating, an effect accentuated by the contrast of the delicate and multiple bars.
Photos by Ian Scigliuzzi
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Piergil Fourquié, was born in Paris in 1979. He studied at ENSAAMA (Olivier de Serres) school of Art and Design in Paris (1999-2001) for a first graduation. He then graduated with honours at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in England in 2002 in industrial design. After graduating he worked as a designer at “the Cent Degrés” an agency in the field of perfumes and cosmetics. In February 2006 he moved to work as a project manager at Outsign, an agency specialised in urban furniture. Since May 2006 he assists Arik Levy as a free lance designer.