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Alex Coles, Pierre Doze, Clémence & Didier Krzentowski

JPR-Ringier, 2012
402 pages
Fully Illustrated, colour
ISBN: 9783037641996

Clémence and Didier Krzentowski, the founders and directors of the leading contemporary design gallery Kreo (in Paris), have been collecting lights for 30 years. With an emphasis on Italian and French light design, their collection is the most important of its kind, comprising nearly 500 works of all kinds from the 1950s to the 1990s, and including significant groups of works by Paulin, Garrice, Castiglioni and Sarfatti.

Conceived as a catalogue raisonné of this astounding collection, The Complete Designers' Lights (1950-1990) provides an invaluable overview of light design and furniture history. It includes a discussion between Didier Krzentowski, Constance Rubini (curator of the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs) and design critic Pierre Doze, as well as an essay by the design and art critic Alex Coles that focuses on the relationship between light design and light art, through a comparison of Gino Sarfatti and Dan Flavin. (20120301)


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