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Cardin Opens Furniture Boutique On Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore

He may be 86, but Pierre Cardin is hardly scaling back his energetic schedule.

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Cardin said he still climbs the stairs to his atelier every day when he is in Paris to design clothes for "at least two hours."

"I even do hats," he said. "It's my drug [to design dresses]."

With renewed market appreciation for his furniture — vintage Cardin pieces have been showing up more and more in dealers' windows — the designer said he felt reinspired to let his creative juices flow. His new collection is his first from scratch in years. "I've been doing furniture for 50 years and I still have ideas," he said. He pointed to a wall sculpture in colorful organic forms that doubles as a heater. "No one has ever done that," he claimed. "Lately I've been inspired by ecology, butterflies, insects. I've used a lot of color, because life is color.

"My furniture used to be considered provocative," he continued. "But today people like it and say that I'm a very important designer."

This summer, Cardin will continue his ever-busy schedule. Chinese officials have invited him to stage a musical production in Beijing in advance of the Olympic Games this summer. The musical's subject will be Marco Polo and will feature Maire-Claude Pietragalla's troupe of contemporary dancers.

In the meantime, Cardin has been honored with a rose named after him. It will be unveiled next month during the annual Rose Festival at the Royal Abbey of Chaalis, just north of Paris.
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