Since 18 May and until 14 October 2018 the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in Krefeld will display the exhibition “From idea to form – Domeau & Pérès”. With the exhibition, the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum is currently focussing on a notable design donation from the year 2017, which it received from the French duo, Bruno Domeau & Philipe Pérés. This showcase includes 60 objects, which are the result of a collaboration with renowned international designers such as Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Christophe Pillet or Eric Jourdan. Apart from furniture and objects, even sketches, prototypes and archive material as well as another donation – also in the form of objects and sketches – by the designer Peter Ghyczy will be on display, which will demonstrate his collaborative work with the chemicals company Elastogran, where he was responsible for developing products made out of polyurethane.
Background and origin of the exhibition
The Werkbund had appealed for a liaison of art, craft and industry with the objective of promoting excellence and innovation in applied arts. This call came to be a part of the founding impulse of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum. This is the first time that the art museums in Krefeld are developing a relevant exhibition policy and collection policy. There will be a parallel exposition “The practical and the ideal” by the German designer Peter Behrens, which is considered to be the historical starting point for the exhibition “From idea to form”. Its focal point is the creative formation process of furniture, based on the dialogue between designers and Domeau & Pérès. The development steps necessary for the creation of new pieces of furniture range from the draft to the final application. The formation process is visualised based on select objects. Individual pieces of furniture may be used and tested in order to be able to experience the innovative design and the top-quality processing of the objects.
The ways of the design landscape by Domeau & Pérès
“From idea to form” shows the remarkable path that Domeau & Pérès has committed to in the abundance of design landscape. This choice was made in order to realise experimental and ambitious projects with designers, which, from the vantage point of the present, were path-breaking. The exhibition illustrates the productive interaction between these major artisans and designers such as Matali Crasset, Eric Chevallier, Odile Decq, Jérôme Gauthier, François Mangeol, Elodie Descoubes, Laurent Nicolas, Martin Szekely and Michael Young. Thanks to the latest donation of the German-Hungarian designer Peter Ghyczy, a section within the exhibition created especially for it displays the Ghyczy’s collaborative work with the company Elastogran from 1968 to 1972. The bundle includes sketches, documents and prototypes for realised and unrealised design and architecture projects, among which is the Garden Egg chair, a design icon that celebrates its 50th anniversary.
About Domeau & Pérès
The upholsterer Philippe Pérès (born in 1970 in Cannes) and the saddler Bruno Domeau (born in 1962 in Suresnes) founded the company Domeau & Pérès in 1996. With this company, they aimed to dedicate their craftsmanship and their expertise to the field of contemporary design. To this day, the duo continues to make design history with furniture and objects in limited series. Both of them are known for sophisticated and detail-oriented processing of materials and for their creative dialogue with the most significant representatives of international design. Domeau & Pérés also bring into being replicas of famous furniture designs, on behalf of bequests of artists such as those by Sophie Taeuber-Arp. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their company, Domeau & Pérès donated select design items to the art museums in Krefeld and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Posted on 01.06.2018