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May 15, 2015


Filed under: diego giacometti — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 8:00 am

I know when you see the images of this amazing sculptor you will immediately recognize his work.  In my field of interior design, I thought it was interesting to show that my industry  is so influenced by the arts that most people don’t realize it.

I am asked about my inspirations towards my design and my answer is always that I am very much influenced by the arts. So with these posts which I do hope you are enjoying, you are getting a glimpse into my world from which I create the foundations of my projects.

Born in Borgonovo in Switzerland in 1902, Diego Giacometti spent his formative years very close with his brother Alberto, both discovering a great interest and talent for the arts. In 1927, the two brothers moved to an atelier in Rue Hippolyte Maindron in Paris.

Their mark there has made it a mythical place in Montparnasse. From 1929 to 1940, interior designer Jean-Michel Frank, commissioned them to make bronze and plaster objects for élite and intellectual Parisian society. In this period it is difficult to tell the brothers’

work apart. Alberto contributed to the conception whilst Diego offered his dexterity and great aesthetic sensibilities to the execution.

Apart from the close collaboration with Alberto, Diego exercised his skills as a sculptor by collaborating with a local funerary sculptor, and later with Georges Braque. When Alberto returned to Italy during the war, Diego remained in Paris to man the workshop.

During this period he became more conscious of his talent and did an internship at a foundry where he was called ‘the star of patina’. After the war, Alberto and Diego resumed their work together, but each with their own personal mark. Diego developed his own

creations; pieces of textured bronze furniture such as tables, chairs, consoles, lighting and bookshelves. Each work showed a strong architectural and balanced design, often combined with graceful sculpted animals or foliage, the introduction to his unique poetic

world. Soon he was commissioned by Alberto’s dealers or private collectors who recognised his talent: Pierre Matisse, Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, the movie producer Raoul Lévy and the couturier Hubert de Givenchy… After his brother’s death in 1965, Diego

continued increasingly to explore his expressive talents. His furniture items became fully-fledged sculptures, which are still admired and sought after today.

His sculptures are sometimes amusing or picturesque. For example, L’ Autruche (The Ostrich) owed its existence to the fact that his friend Dr. Binet, not knowing what to do with an ostrich egg, gave it to Diego who integrated inside an ostrich

that he dreamt up and sculpted. Diego Giacometti’s animal art was rich. Along with familiar animals he liked to have animals that symbolized force, power and beauty such as the heads of lions, wolves and horses.

He used bronze, a material that permitted him to sculpt in great detail, grace and elasticity. Diego’s animals called for special, often costly techniques such as the lost wax method. His animals were so finely done they helped make his reputation.




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