Artists Francois-Xavier & Claude Lalanne | Abstract Animal Instincts

 

I find this kind of artistic creation so inspiring and attractive; for it’s a true reflection of all the art, design and genius in nature that surrounds us daily– with an amazing abstract twist.  

 

“The supreme art is the art of living.”  –Francois-Xavier Lalanne


Husband and wife Francois-Xavier (F.X.) & Claude Lalanne at work in their Ury, France studio.

Husband and wife Francois-Xavier (F.X.) & Claude Lalanne at work in their Ury, France studio --1967.

 

For more than four decades, the French husband-and-wife artists François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne have charmed the art and style glitterati with their whimsical, sensual sculptures. François-Xavier’s famous bronze-and-wool sheep and donkey or rhinoceros desks, and Claude’s botanical-inspired furniture and flatware, are elegantly oblivious of the boundaries between fine and decorative art.

Now, in their later years, the Lalannes are hotter than ever. Their work is bringing big bucks at auction: Reed Krakoff, Coach’s creative director, paid a record $380,000-plus for a 1968 set of sheep by Francois-Xavier; and four bronze garden armchairs by Claude.  Krakoff, who owns several Lalanne pieces in addition to the sheep, produced the first English-language book on their work, Claude & Francois-Xavier Lalanne.

The architect Peter Marino, a Lalanne devotee for 20 years, has chosen five sculptures from François-Xavier for the private garden of a luxury condominium that Marino is designing at 170 East End Avenue.  James Zemaitis, who heads the 20th-century design department at Sotheby’s, compares the Lalannes to heavyweights like Giacometti and Rateau.

The Lalannes came of age in the 60′s, but disdained the abstract art that then ruled supreme. ”They live in an artistic world that is full of living organisms,” says their London dealer, Ben Brown, who expects to mount a Lalanne show in 2007. When you see their work in situ — a mirrored room adorned with tendril-like bronze ”moldings” that Claude designed for Yves Saint Laurent; François-Xavier’s donkey desk in the decorator Jacques Grange’s bedroom; or Claude’s bronze lily pads in a fountain at Marino’s country house — their special blend of luxurious sensuality and earthy irreverence becomes even clearer. The Lalannes’ most avid admirers are those who buy into François-Xavier’s credo: ”The supreme art is the art of living.”  –New York Times Style magazine

 

Group of Parisians in a room with sheep-shaped chairs designed by Francois-Xavier Lalanne --1967.

Group of Parisians in a room with sheep-shaped chairs designed by Francois-Xavier Lalanne --1967.

 

 

Large brass rhinoceros designed by Francois-Xavier Lalanne with folding sides being used as a desk by a little boy, also has a piggy-bank head with coin-drops in the ears --1967.

Large brass rhinoceros designed by Francois-Xavier Lalanne with folding sides being used as a desk by a little boy, also has a piggy-bank head with coin-drops in the ears --1967.

 

 

Francois-Xavier & Claude Lalanne's unique take on the art of lounging.

Francois-Xavier & Claude Lalanne's unique take on the art of lounging.

 

 

Francois-Xavier & Claude Lalanne designed duck bed.

Francois-Xavier & Claude Lalanne designed bed is for the birds.

 

 

This fly-inspired toilet holds a certain amount of irony, and practically speaking it's a long reach for the t.p.

This fly-inspired toilet holds a certain amount of irony, and practically speaking it's a long and awkward reach for the t.p.

One thought on “Artists Francois-Xavier & Claude Lalanne | Abstract Animal Instincts

  1. Outstanding artistry and interpretation! I absolutely love these pieces.
    This is the essence of creativity!!!!

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