Matisse's optimism is his gift to our sick world, his example to those who indulge in torment.Louis Aragon" (1)
Our house has decided to perpetuate and promote the work of our ancestor Henri Matisse, a major painter of the 20th century, by supporting the expression of a three-dimensional interpretation of his work, guided by his emotional and pictorial values. Far from a literal transcription, it is a question, both for the designers and for the craftsmen (the creators of the 21st century) that we have chosen, of extending his singularity, his optimistic, joyful and soothing universe, with all the required requirement and creativity. The foundation of this approach is guided by the desire for an interpretation that respects Henri Matisse's personal values and artistic universe. The mission of our House is to share universally the very special emotion attached to sensitive objects that transmit the invigorating, poetic and singular gaze of our great-grandfather. It is for us an opportunity to show and review the force of inspiration contained in his work, and we hope to offer you a new reading of the paintings to which each of these objects refers. In this way, we wish to allow new generations from all over the world to discover this eternal joy and to enjoy it in their daily lives.Jean Matthieu Matisse "
Presentation of the limited edition collection
If I close my eyes and think of Henri Matisse, the first word that comes to mind is purity, and the second light. Matisse is a pure, solar and total spirit and painter. For me, the elements on which he works and makes his imagination play are the leaves of plants in their vases, domestic spaces with their furniture and objects, naked and clothed women, all intertwined within a decorative spatiality decorated with arabesques. Any relationship, any empathy between myself and the figurative world of this great character could only start from an object, and more precisely from a vase. I have been designing vases for many years, and I have studied their forms from ancient Egypt to China, Korea, the Italian Renaissance, the Viennese Secession. To pay homage to Matisse, I've been thinking about a complex, sinuous, organic form, as if they were concept sheets - here with a somewhat Liberty memory, and there with important silhouettes drawn from the structure and geometry of some of his paintings. The complex chromatic system developed by Matisse over time has led me to select the shades by analysing details of some of his works from different periods, in order to obtain a range that can be solar and dark, erotic and natural, abstract and concrete. In this way, I developed a palette of eight colours (plus white and black). Similarly, I have defined three decorative styles superimposed by hand. The three ceramic vases in my collection are characterized by progressive dimensions, each of them has its own shape, each one uses six of the eight colours developed for the occasion (plus white and black), fired separately, alternating shiny and opaque areas. Preparatory drawings by Alessandro Mendini Text of inspiration Their delicate manufacture was entrusted to the Florentine master craftsman Alessio Sarri, owner of a workshop with a rich history in the field of modern ceramics. Alessandro Mendini "
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One of the things I admire most in Matisse's work is the use of colour, so well integrated, so special, used in a magical way. It reflects both the traces of different cultures and the dynamic and rich journey of a unique life. His stroke is a combination of precision and figurative ability. Studying his paintings, one can find a rich combination of elements including his representation of nature combined with imaginative furniture and the use of objects from cultures important to him. Henri Matisse uses solid figures; the contrast of colours is magnificent. The most important point I feel I share with Matisse is his passion for the Mediterranean: nature, the sea, imagination and the ability to dream. The choice and use of blues and oranges remind me of the medinas, orange blossoms and markets of North Africa. Codes like these transport me to a Mediterranean full of strength and magic. I am a fervent admirer of its style and have always found it a true source of inspiration. Having the opportunity to transpose the inspiration I find in his work into my personal cosmography has been very enriching. Preparatory drawings by Jaime Hayon Inspirational text The concept behind these vases is based on fantastic elements: shapes, silhouettes and natural references that merge and float in a sea of colours. The shape of the vase itself is inspired by Mediterranean references and elements that appear in Matisse's work. Tradition and daring come together to create unique and defined exterior lines that give strength and character to the style and concept of the design. Jaime Hayon "
This series of vases retranscribes the idea of a window open to the outside, a pictorial theme often present in Matisse's work. To reconstruct the image of a window through which a landscape can be seen, terracotta, anodised aluminium and enamelled ceramics have been combined in a combination of three forms.The anodised aluminium plate, vibrating in the light, becomes an azure sky. The window coping takes the shape of a terracotta brick. An enamelled ceramic cylinder comes to receive fresh flowers. This assembly of shapes and materials produces a vibrant whole, an interior scene open to a landscape of brilliant light.Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec "