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French creator and designer José Lévy introduces the first ever furniture collection to be produced in traditional tatami. Following his firework-inspired collection for Monoprix last winter, he makes mats fly this year at the Maison et Objet fair presenting a world debut with the Japanese manufacturer Daiken, a leading home building materials company in Japan. There is a complete range of furniture: Sofa, armchair, bench seats, stools, side tables, a storage cabinet and shelving, launching this material typically found on the ground into a state of weightlessness. A change of function was requested by Daiken in order to consider this material in a new light and move away from its traditional use. The collection will be available right after the fair at Joyce Gallery 168 rue de Valois in Paris (1er) Lire la suite…

 

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At 44, rue Faubourg du Temple in République José Levy unveils a second opus of the MaPharmacie concept initiated by Michael Zazoun (pharmacist by day, advice columnist without reserve by night with Enora Malagre on Virgin Radio). After Bastille in 2010, the duo is totally rewriting the rules for pharmacies, a reinterpretation where nothing is broken but everything is changed. Your local paternalistic shop, in standard wood and white tiles just enhanced with the pharmaceutical point of sale display loved by teens (the finest advertising images of healthy legs and buttocks), is summarized here in a functional and chic minimarket that combines a pharmacy, jewellers and urban nature. Lire la suite…

 

 

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For the first Diptyque’s shop in Tokyo, José Lévy designed two unusual lanterns, a limited edition to seal the relationship between Paris and Tokyo. As artist in residence at the Villa Kujoyama, the French Institute in Kyoto, in 2011, José Levy worked with Japanese artisans to understand their relationship to light, producing an installation of a bed of 50 diptyque candles, for the city’s first night-time festival. On his return to Paris, to celebrate the opening of diptyque Tokyo, he designed two lanterns which house two candles entitled Tokyo and Paris, inspired by the gardens in the heart of these two cities. The first disregards the order of the seasons. Lire la suite…

 

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With Morocco! I wanted to talk about the Morocco that I love. The Kasbah neighbourhood in Marrakech, the one in Tangiers, both dilapidated, cultivated and sophisticated, a resourcefulness that complements the subtlest know-how. The memory of Morocco in the 1950s, flea markets, metal garden furniture perforated with Mashrabiya made in Casablanca, granite floors, the geometry and the architecture of the Medina, cement tiles…” As always José Lévy transcribes the atmosphere through a family of objects: mirrors, tables, cement tiling and seats. Between fiction and personal memories, this take on Beldi (the heart and soul of traditional Moroccan know-how) draws from a very Parisian world, very graphic so that none of the cultures remain immune. We are reminded of Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Bowles, Burroughs and many others, struck by this country with a lifestyle so close and so far removed from ours. José Lévy effortlessly digests these codes to create others and conversely. A kindred country with whom there are many shared recollections. Corinne Bensimon splits her time living and working in Paris and Marrakech with some of the best craftsmen in the Marrakech region. She distributes her collection in her boutique in the Haut-Marais.

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Stories are paramount. José Lévy is an object and space narrator in the grand French tradition of interior designers. He never develops a single response to a question (like a designer), but a real narrative. For him it is impossible to create without narrating; he prefers to develop rather than summarize, opting for phrases rather than words. The fashion designer, José Lévy had already referred to Tati, Jacques Demy and Modiano before addressing the world of cut and fashion design. As a designer of objects, he pursues his work of fiction steeped in memory, in order to single out his personal references which immediately resonate with everyone. This quest for the universal and the popular had already been initiated by him in fashion. Lire la suite…