Interior story #1: Jean Nouvel in Paris

01 February 2017

Any journey to Paris forms its unique, special story. It might be a touristic story, classical museum story, a romantic story – any story is precious in its own way. Our story – an interior one – became even more precious this time. It turned out to be not only the starting point for our project, but also the story of discovering whole new Paris – Paris belonging to architects, designers, craftsmen of traditional and outrageous materials, Paris of antiquity devotees and, on the contrary, of innovators and experimentalists.

Obviously, our Paris story could not avoid the visit to the exhibition of an extraordinary man of architecture and design world – Jean Nouvel. The exhibition takes place in the Museum of Applied Arts closing February 13 – wishing to attend should hurry! We made it in time and are very pleased. Here is why.

Jean Nouvel is really an outstanding person. His talent is acknowledged (2008 Pritzker Prize received) and the list of his achievements is long and highly complex (Cartier Fund and Paris Philharmonic hall buildings, Agbar torre in Barcelona and cultural center in Lucerne – those are the examples of his works as an architect solely). The quantity of unique design objects created by him exceeds 100 and it has been 30 years already as something new appears almost annually (considering the fact that Jean is over 70 years old). His touch is recognizable – laconism, chastity, functionality and essential link to the present. All of this reflects his conception and practice of the context architecture. He often says: “I am no designer; I am the architect that is engaged in design”. He praises the simplicity and denies too “talkative” and conceptual in design of the furniture and objects.

The space of the exhibition absorbs you as soon as you enter. Colonnades, bas-reliefs and stuccos of museum’s building are left behind leaving space to the geometry of lines and forms, the game of lights and shades. Gravity laws disappear and the sense of reality is lost – seems like you find yourself in the entire new dimension. With few objects around it is not entirely clear where exactly to focus the sight. This lonely chair either is a part of the exposition or is put here for the comfort of the visitors – who knows? The sunlight passing through the red-shaded glass windows, dotted blinding highlighting of some objects as a reflection of phantom mirrors: you understand it more exquisitely that the most important thing here is the atmosphere, the senses and the accents. “Sens et essence”. The contrasts are perceived even and calm – bright colorful textile covers of the sofa against the background of antique wood paneled walls touched by time and history, overwhelmingly decent aluminum table with a perfectly even surface standing on the old parquet boards close to the fireplace portal.

Nouvel’s exhibition leaves the inimitable aftertaste from the extensional perception of the surroundings – the tactile senses (all the objects were available for touching, some – to seat on), the visual delight (colors, forms, light effects), sound saturation (the one that puts you in the right mood). At some point it gets unclear – whether you look at the objects, or the objects stare at you; there is a constant silent dialogue performed and every one and every thing becomes an equal participant. We are glad to have a chance of becoming ones for some time.


M&O 2018: briefly

26 January 2018

Maison&Objet in January in our beloved Paris is an annual must for us. This is a point of meeting with our partners and acquaintance with new interesting names and brands in the world of product design, that will soon be added to our selection. This year the area of our research shifted towards the unique and unorthodox materials, unobvious functionality and objects produced from recycled stuff which now is an essential part of the ongoing trend for ecological approach to design presupposing not only the usage of eco-materials, but wastage recovery and upcycling. Soon enough we will tell about all of our findings, meanwhile – look through our brief photo review.


NIDO Details: in the first person

30 August 2017

We would like to present a small video about our project - who we are, what we do, how we see our aims and goals and what we strive for. Let's get to know each other better!


Moustache: French innovative pattern

26 July 2017

Moustache brand was created in France and is the pilot brand launching our gallery that collects design objects chosen carefully in order to implement our concept of the modern, well-thought interior space. Moustache is our tribute to France generous for art-legacy and unconditional and brave talents that keep surprising us with unorthodox approach in design and architecture.

Speaking about unorthodox – Moustache is not just a design brand with catchy name and funny logo. It is a publishing house established in 2009 specializing in modern interior design objects and furniture, whose founders Stéphane Arriubergé and Massimiliano Iorio initiated forming strong bonds between gifted designers – the bonds of common idea, expertise and professionalism. Moustache is an active participant of the international community of producers writing the history of the modern design.

Moustache collection is based on innovative ideas with a deep study of arts’ history, technical details and philosophy. The objects offer a different angle on the modern production and consumption concept. Nowadays when there is a certain market stagnation making it demand for a new consumer experience, Moustache prefers building long-term relationships with the world of design with cultural added value to targeted superficial actions. The founders remain in a constant search for the balance of aesthetics, function and form, paying serious attention to the production process. The brand cooperates with designers that share such a sustainable attitude towards the product. François Azambourg, Big-Game, Sébastien Cordoléani, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, Benjamin Graindorge, Constance Guisset, Bertjan Pot, Dylan Martorell, Ionna Vautrin, Inga Sempé etc. are members of this talented community of the like-minded. The results of an approach consolidating the technical novelties, outstanding individuality and up-to-date implementation are the objects, each – unique.

The mentioned irregularity of the brand is also reflected by the visual presentation of the objects – great examples are the videos of some objects’ assembling/ utilization or the “breathing” installation at Spazio Rossana Orlandi for 5-year celebration of Moustache in 2014. Half Decade Beast was an illuminated gorge of objects created by the designer Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, pulsating and therefore making an effect of breathing. The installation combines several objects of different designers such as Scholten & Baijings, Formafantasma, Bertjan Pot, Raw-Edges, Constance Guisset, ECAL/Dimitri Bähler and Jean-Baptiste Fastrez symbolizing the achievement and overcoming the 5-year border of existence within the framework of Design Week 2014, then it was transferred to Bon Marché Rive Gauche in Paris for a couple of months.

Moustache objects are already a part of the history – they are introduced in different museums such as MoMa, Museum of Modern Art de New-York, le F.N.A.C, Fond National d’Art contemporain, centre national des arts plastiques, Paris la défense, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, Le MAKK, Museum of Decorative Arts in Cologne, Museum für Gestaltung de Zurich.

We are proud to introduce this outstanding brand in Russia as we share common goals and values. Moustache objects along with others of our collection are brought together by principles of simplicity and availability implemented in the unique form and dedicated content. 

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Euroluce 2017: notes in the margin

15 April 2017

Euroluce is an international exhibition of lighting taking place every two years within the framework of Salone del Mobile in Milan – it’s an event that reflects trends and directions in design and architecture defining the development of the industry in the nearest future. Professionals from all over the world come here in spring with totally different agendas – to profile themselves and look at others, to search for inspiration while observing the new and to give a second thought on the old, to have a good time with like-minded people or have a critical mind and seek for flaws in the represented pieces. Anyway, Euroluce is always a must.

Lighting being an independent element of any project can be fairly called the most important part of it. Primarily influencing the quality sphere of our lives it can easily be a work of art, the main accent that gathers all the rest around it.

The importance of light and its independency inside the whole was clearly shown at the exhibition in April. A pure delight and pleasure – that’s how we can describe the stand of the beloved Flos. The brand that works with many talented and famous designers this time presented the objects that will surely become the classics of the global design.

Speaking shortly about the trends, we can highlight the following (the key ones, in our opinion):

- the continuous movement towards the simplicity and architectural approach in forms;

- shadow effects and reflections;

- the beloved colored, dichroic and gradient glass;

- decorative cords turning from supportive to independent elements – like, for example, Foscarini presented.

The results of our photo-hunt will let you see a small part of the exposition from our point of view and have a slight impression about this year’s exhibition. And some of those pieces will soon appear in our gallery…

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