SIT, SPEAK: If chairs could talk, what might an angular love seat say to a wicker armchair from the time of Louis XV? Konstantin Grcic is currently considering this relationship and imagining what other pieces might say to each other in an exploration of art and design at the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris. The 42-year-old German industrial designer — who has left his imprint on companies such as Whirlpool, Muji, Krups and Magis — was given carte blanche to create dialogue between pieces from the museum's permanent collection alongside his own works. Juxtaposing previous design classics with contemporary favorites, Grcic works whimsical pairings, including his industrial Mayday lamp next to a Perriand stool from 1953.
Since a talking LED marquee accompanies each piece, you can't exactly say their lips are sealed.
— Kate Thornton
GRAY PAPER: Eileen Gray, perhaps most famous for her Bibendum chair and circular glass E1027 table, is the focus of a Paris exhibition of 60 never-before-exhibited works on paper. A major figure in 20th-century design, Gray's admirers include designers Rick Owens and Derek Lam, whose debut collection for Tod's was inspired by her work, as well as avid modernist furniture collector Karl Lagerfeld. The exhibition features a collection of gouaches, collages and photographs given by Gray to her friend and biographer, Peter Adam. "Eileen Gray, Works on Paper" runs until Dec. 21 at Galerie Historismus, 9 Place des Vosges. — Allegra Farina