Sunday, April 03, 2011

Box For Tools by Jean Nouvel



When I got the first invitations for a show at Gagosian Paris of furniture designed by French techno architect Jean Nouvel, I imagined a chateauful. But that is not the case.

Instead, there are two limited edition pieces: a table, which, sure--and a toolbox, which, holy smokes.



"Boîte à outils (1987-2011) is a storage system based on the standard toolbox that can be found in every household."

"The key word of my work is elementariness," said Nouvel, though I suspect he said it in French, where it sounds better: "Le maitre-mot de mon travail, c’est l’élémentarité." Also, "I would like to invent archetypes." Yes, well, wouldn't we all.

Jean Nouvel Furniture [sic], through May 21 [gagosian.com]