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Demisch Danant is pleased to present Joseph André Motte: The Art of Living\, the first American exhibition devoted exclus ively to the work of one of the most influential and innovative figures of post-war French design. Featuring rare examples presented in historical liv ing environments\, the exhibition encompasses thirty unique pieces– many of which have never before been shown publicly– bringing to light the remarka ble works of an oft-overlooked Modernist.

Born in France in 19 25\, Motte was part of a younger generation of post-war designers dedicated to an optimistic vision of industrialization and modern design’s ability t o improve the lives of the masses. Following the reconstruction period\, th is group of designers embraced mass production as well as newer\, affordabl e industrial materials as a means of realizing radically inventive forms.
A stolid devotion to contemporary forms\, expressed using both traditional and newly invented industrial materials\, established Joseph An dré Motte as one of the most visionary figures of his generation. Joseph André Motte: The Art of Living highlights the diverse breadth of mater ials that characterize Motte’s oeuvre and presents many of his most signifi cant innovations in modern style. Featuring rare examples of Motte’s early work in rattan of 1954 to his transition to production furniture with Charr on in 1958-60\, the show is divided into two spaces that each focus on a di stinctive period of this illustrious designer’s oeuvre.

Based on a 1954 Charron presentation\, the first space will focus on Motte’s earl y work in plywood and rattan\, and will feature a pair of the iconic 1949 < em>Tripod Chairs and the 1954 rattan Sabre Chair\, placed wit hin a living room interior. These iconic designs exemplify Motte’s distinct ive use of traditional techniques used to craft innovative modernist forms.

Motte’s designs for mass production and his experimentation w ith new affordable materials such as plastic\, foam\, and Formica will be r epresented in the second space\, which will focus on Motte’s designs of the 1960s. This environment presents a 1960s chambre and includes a rare vinyl bed\, the 1959 Light Table and a pair of nightstands made in lumi nous white opaline glass.

DTEND:20130209 DTSTAMP:20141021T060324 DTSTART:20121108 GEO:40.7477883;-74.0066646 LOCATION:Demisch Danant Gallery\,542 west 22nd St \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: The Art of Living\, Joseph André Motte UID:247494 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR