So Miró

So Miró

During the Joan Miró Retrospective at the Grand Palais, Paris, we wanted to homage the great modern master recollecting some of the best pieces we have on our website to remember him.

Miró built from his dreams and opens the door to his poetic universe. He has transformed the world around him with an elusive simplicity of means, whether a symbol, the tracing of a finger or water on paper, or a clearly delicate line on the canvas. He craved a world full of poetic metamorphosis from these surprising contacts and unusual relations, restoring enchantment to the world. 

“Personnages, oiseau, étoile” is one of the compositions that Miró completed in the late years of the war. This painting is settled by Miró's Surrealist characters that came to monopolize his art — birds, and figures of women along with the night sky. Miró quit his practice of assigning poetic or ambiguous titles to his paintings as he had done in the 1930s, and preferred more straight-forward classifications for his work. Women, birds, stars, and moons adorned these pictures, but the artist didn’t deal with his extravagant wishes when delivering their forms. 

“Miró and Life in General: Pertinent” by John Baldessari, who is known for his Conceptual and Minimalist style, finds this characterization a bit boring. His two-dimensional works often put together found images, composed in layers always with an element of surprise, like a colored geometric shape instead of a face or a starkly printed satirical caption. The series where this piece is part of “Miró and Life in General” follow and this analysis enters into the history of painting. Each piece features a detail from one specific Miró painting and pairs it with a seemingly incongruous Hollywood film still, displaying what Baldessari refers to as ‘Life in General.’ Each pairing is further partnered with a word — ‘Reliable,’ ‘Necessary,’ ‘True,’ ‘Unfailing,’ etc. — each a synonym of the other. Neither the original root word nor the specific Miró painting is revealed, asking viewers to respond in their own way and to create their own new composite meaning.

For the design lovers, there isAldo Bakker and Sèvres, “Aline to B.” Since 1740, the Manufacture de Sèvres has been boosting artists and designers to design decorative porcelain pieces. Traditional manufacturing has been always following new innovative ways, to develop and refine existing forms to create new shapes.  

The collaboration between Bakker and Sèvres has a result of six pieces. Each object represents an archetypical aspect of the pourer: a container, a cascade, and a handle. These elements are enlarged, reduced and blended, resulting in objects giving a suggestive depiction of the act of pouring.  

Milo Baughman’s Armchair: Milo Baughman was one of the most energetic modern American furniture designers of the late 20th century. He has been focused mainly on residential furnishings, targeting his talent on lounge chairs. Baughman influenced his materials to carry aesthetic weight, relying on chair and table frames made of robust and polished flat-bar chromed metal, and chairs, tables and cabinets finished with highly figured wood veneers.

We also recommend this Jon Buck and his “Beastiform” in red. His influences have always been his interest in Man’s contact with the natural world. He has always believed in some kind of visual language and has been attracted by art outside the Western tradition, in particular, the African sculpture.

This fringed Beaded Choker in Blue is a great representation of the bohemian style of the brand Isabel Marant. This choker is adjusted with colorful beads and finished with all-over fringing which fans out over the collarbone. On the other hand, Eugenia Kim offers her Cher Leather Beret in Red, a signature piece that’s been fitted just for us, made from red leather and fully lined, with a little gunmetal brand plaque stitched to the back. 

Founder: Louise Blouin 




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