Jean de Piépape
Vibrated stainless steel, red leather and plastic laminate
Galerie Downtown of François Laffanour is an obligatory reference point in Paris for those involved in design and modern vintage, furnishings and objects connected with the French masters of design (from Jean Prouvé to Pierre Chareau, Le Corbusier to Charlotte Perriand), all the way to contemporary talents whose one-offs, limited editions, books and publications are offered by the gallery. Recently the original spaces of the gallery at Rue de Seine 33 have been joined by a nearby facility renovated by Jean de Piépape, where a reception counter-cabinet made by Marzorati Ronchetti stands beside the entrance, on a white marble floor. The piece is composed of two monolithic parts that interlock perpendicular to one another: the counter against the wall is “detached” from the stone floor thanks to a recessed shutter, while the cabinet with four doors reaches up to the ceiling. The rounded borders and “aged” finish of the metal surface transform the volumetric interlock of the piece into a sort of materic counterpoint with respect to the white of the architectural enclosure. This effect is accentuated by the lighted red leather work-surface and the inner plastic laminate panel in the same colour, producing a mysterious, fascinating highlight on the wall behind it.