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Jean Roger, Parisian Ceramicist


In 1947, Jean Roger founds his ceramic workshop in Paris. He quickly stands out from the crowd with his highly original designs, demonstrating a very personal style. With an artistic eye and a zeitgeist flair, he creates ceramic objects that attract the attention of ”Tout-Paris” and beyond, from Jean Royere to Christian Dior and Jacqueline Kennedy.

The company has since passed from father to son and today, still located in the same workshop in the centre of Paris, it is in the hands of Jean Roger’s grandchild, Francois Roger. 

In 1953, Jean Roger watches a show at Folies Bergères, for which his uncle had created the scenography, and finds himself fascinated by the dancers’ feather costumes. This inspires him to create the ”Tulipe” series. This is my personal favourite among Jeans Roger’s designs, and I am thrilled to introduce a re-edition of the Tulipe candlesticks and Tulipe tulipiere vase, all handmade in the workshop in Paris.

 

 

Helle Thygesen x Milsted Andersen vol. 2

I'm happy to share these images from my latest collab with the lovely people at Milsted Andersen, specialists in original Danish furniture from the 1920's to the 1970's. 




www.milstedandersen.dk
Photography: Christian Hoyer

Helle Thygesen x Milsted Andersen

In the first week of December, I joined forces with Copenhagen based gallery Milsted Andersen for a photo shoot. I was thrilled to be asked to pick my favourites from their unique collection of original furniture by Danish architects from the 1920s to the 1970s. It was an immense treat to combine these iconic designs by Kaare Klint, Mogens Lassen, Poul Kjaerholm, Hans J. Wegner and Mogens Koch with selected ceramics and decorative objects from my own collection. 
The images were taken at the private apartment of Milsted Andersen. We turned to my favourite team, Nathalie Schwer for styling and Christian Hoyer for photography.  

www.milstedandersen.dk
Styling: Nathalie Schwer
Photography: Christian Hoyer


Massimo Campigli

Massimo Campigli (1895 - 1971) began painting after World War I in Paris, inspired by the neoclassical style of Picasso and Fernand Leger. A visit to Villa Giulia in Rome in 1928 marked a turning point; he became passionately interested in Etruscan art and his artistic expression evolved from figurative portraits to archaic female figures, pure, almost geometric forms and fresco-like earthy shades. 

In the 1930's, having gained international renown, he was commissioned to create several important murals, amongst others in Palazzo Liviano, a new addition to the University of Padova designed by Gio Ponti.

Campigli's work was exhibited in Paris, Milan and New York. After the war, Campigli divided his time between Milan, Rome, Paris and St. Tropez. 

From the retrospective exhibition at Fondazione Magnani Rocca in 2014:

Some of my favourite works by Massimo Campigli: 

  
Donne al sole, 1931. Oil on canvas

 
Famiglia, 1929. Oil on canvas


Saffo, 1948. Oil on canvas



 Le Mogli dei Marinai, 1934. Oil on canvas

 

Guidette Carbonell 

As many other 20th century female artists, Guidette Carbonell (1910-2008) was well into old age before she was honoured with a much deserved retrospective at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2007. Carbonell’s work is considered to be among the most original and important creations in 20th century French ceramics. 

Carbonell trained with Llorens Artigas, who was also the instigator of Raoul Dufy’s ceramic creations. With her bright enamel decorations on faience, she quickly stood out from her peers’ more subdued style. 

From the 1960's, Guidette Carbonell went on to create monumental ceramic sculptures and tapestries centered around nature, that remained the main inspiration throughout her career. 

Photos: Galerie Mercier et Associés

 

 

Raoul Dufy 

Raoul Dufy (1877 - 1953) is primarily known for his decorative sceneries from Paris and the Cote d'Azur, but I have a particular fancy for his ceramic works.

Dufy had a passion for decorative arts, and produced exquisite tapestries, textile designs and scenographic works. He had a delightful, free approach to mixing fine arts and applied arts, typical of the beginning of the twentieth century. The ceramics below are the result of Dufy's  meeting with ceramicist Llorens Artigas in 1922. 

 


The Very Simple and the Very Sophisticated

The French interior designer Jacques Grange has a unique ability to create spaces that balance perfectly between luxury and simplicity. Classically schooled at the École Boulle
and École Camando, Grange has created homes rich with fine art, antiques, design
and textiles for collectors from New York to Marrakech. 

I love the effortlessly eclectic elegance that characterizes a Jacques Grange project.
A few of my personal favourites: 

 

From Terry and Jean de Gunzburg's farmhouse in Provence
Photo: Guillaume Guérin

From Monsieur Grange's Mas Mireio in Provence
Photo: Yves Duronsoy

Pierre Bergé's dacha in Normandy
Photo: Pascal Chevallier

A guesthouse placed in a Romany caravan on the grounds of the dacha
Photo: Pascal Chevallier

Francis Ford Coppola's hotel Palazzo Margherita
Photo: Jérôme Galland

 

 From Jacques Grange's home in the Palais Royal area in Paris
Photo: artflyer.net

 

Must-Read: Collecting Art for Love, Not Money

Gully Wells of T Magazine has written an excellent article about the true connoisseurs - the people whose collections are based on passion, a hunger for knowledge and an infallible eye for quality. An inspiring read. 

Read the article here

 


Photo by Simon Watson

 

Truman Capote's Hamptons home

One of my all-time favourite interiors - the house that Truman Capote commissioned for himself in Sagaponack in the early 60's. An avid collector and aesthete, he never used a decorator: “For me, it’s a bore to use a decorator. I know exactly what I want. I just don’t care to have someone come in and tell me what I need to live with. I know.”

The interior is characterized by an unpretentious elegance. Truman Capote intended the house to look "unfinished", and clearly enjoyed being surrounded by his possessions, that he would take with him when he traveled to his other homes in Switzerland and California: "I like to collect things, Victorian things, and mix everything together. I enjoy looking for and at all of them. I’m not sure I need them. I’ve got too much, and I haven’t edited myself lately!"









When Sachs Lindores created the much photographed and incredibly beautiful Manhattan loft for photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Capote's house was a big inspiration: 



All photos from Architectural Digest


Artistic textiles

I have selected a few exquisite textiles for a small collection of pillows.
More info to come in September. 







 

Old-world magic. Studio Peregalli

Milan-based Studio Peregalli creates breathtaking spaces that look and feel as if they have been around for centuries. With an extraordinary attention to detail, perfect eye and historical expertise, Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli masterfully capture the whimsical, layered elegance of the past, uncompromisingly sourcing craftsmen and materials all around the world.  

Get their book Invention of the Past: Interior Design and Architecture by Studio Peregalli here - images shown are taken from the book

Also, read the fascinating portrait T Magazine did on Ms. Rimini and Mr. Peregalli here

 







 

Marianne Thygesen, Artist. Frederiksberg, Copenhagen

On the walls: islamic ceramics, modernist paintings, Spanish tiles and heirlooms
mariannethygesen.dk 

Photos by Christian Hoyer 

 

Nathalie Schwer, Stylist. Islands Brygge, Copenhagen

On the walls: contemporary photography, ceramics, modernist prints, exhibition posters
- and fabulous wallpaper from Farrow & Ball
nathalieschwer.com

Photos by Christian Hoyer