So, let’s just say, I find this table, perfect for a project in Manhattan, and the table is a glass table that has what would appear to be a giant chain draped on it. I hunt down the artist, only to be introduced to MATTIA BONETTI’S work. OMG! If I could think of every gamble I would take, it would definitely be on one of his pieces. the enthusiasm, the surreal ,the experimental all reminds me of the greats!
I hope you enjoy this introduction.
MATTIA BONETTI is a soft-spoken, Swiss-born, Paris-dwelling designer who makes very loud furniture: lozenge-shape tables and consoles of lacquered fiberglass thatresemble ribbon candy; a patinated bronze chair with a furry Drano-blue hide seat; a suite of hand-carved Louis chairs gilded in pink, green and silver that would fit nicely in Sofia Copolla’s sugar-plum Versailles.
Some things are blobby and futuristic; others, blingy and kind of crass, but not unpleasantly so. In the 1980s, Mr. Bonetti’s work was described as “neo-Baroque” or even “neo-Barbaric.” Two years ago, a vicious-looking hide-and-bronze chair from 1981 sold for $11,250 at an auction of contemporary furniture at Christies.
What links the objects is Mr. Bonetti’s use of scale — pieces are monumental and demand your attention. They are also made of high-end materials: bronze, cast aluminum, gold and silver plate, and so forth. He is collected by people like Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, who contributed an essay to a new book about Mr. Bonetti, from Rizzoli. Seeing his work in the showroom of Christian Lacroix in Paris, the princess writes, “I just had to have it for the drawing room of our castle in Regensburg.”