Spearheaded by the fourth generation of Henri Matisse’s descendants, Maison Matisse offers a three-dimensional interpretation of the artist’s universe celebrating shapes and colors. His family wishes to honor, transmit and share the boldness and values of a universally beloved icon.
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Henri Matisse’s birth, a collection of limited edition vases will be presented for the first time next October during the FIAC. It is the result of a carte blanche, dreamed up by three international designers: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Jaime Hayon and Alessandro Mendini, who respectively designed and produced three emblematic pieces, edited in series of 8 + 4.
In a second phase, Maison Matisse will present in the first quarter of 2020 a limited series of design objects devoted to the art of living, created in collaboration with young designers and expert artisans showcasing an unparalleled savoir-faire.
Henri Matisse’s story began at Cateau-Cambresis 150 years ago, and it never really stopped : the harmony and power of his paintings turned him into a major artist of the 20th century. Open to the world, free of dogmatism and able to innovate again and again, its mastery of color and composition as vectors of emotions, Matisse is — to this day — an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists around the world. His legacy still informs contemporary visual creation and culture.
The Matisse family has always been discreet in the art world, preferring to let Henri Matisse’s work speak for itself. Today, the fourth generation, driven by Jean Matthieu Matisse, wishes to take the lead and give a voice to this heritage, by founding a Maison, a reflection of the painter’s always-daring spirit and values.
Henri Matisse was able to transfer his universe onto a canvas with a brush in his own time, and now Maison Matisse wishes to prolong this purpose that he held so dear. While the permanent collection (launching in the first quarter of 2020) will be faithful to Henri Matisse’s artistic vocabulary, the limited editions (launching in October 2019) will reinterpret elements of his work via guest designers, brought together by Maison Matisse, as a family.
For the limited collection, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Jaime Hayon and Alessandro Mendini have imagined each one three vases, edited in a series of 8 + 4 and made by their own craftsmen. The cartes blanches gave free rein to their imaginations to create original high-quality pieces, while remaining sensitive to the balance of shapes and colors that Henri Matisse originally imagined.
Generous, daring, optimistic: these objects encapsulate the joy of the creative gesture and the symbiosis between design and production, the concept of the designer and the savoir-faire of the craftsman.
Photo : Courtesy Maison Matisse and Jérôme Galland