For more than ten years, Franck Laigneau has specialized in Jugendstil and artists’ colonies from the turn of the twentieth century, particularly from Scandinavia, Finland and Germany.
This period represents historical design, and as philosopher Marshall Berman has observed: “To be modern is to live a life of paradox and contradiction... is to be both revolutionary and conservative.” It is the romantic nationalist belief that “le style moderne” would encompass traditional styles.
Two iconic and totemic seats will guide our Design Miami/ Basel 2013 exhibition: an armchair by Lars Kinsarvik, circa 1910, and a bench by Johann Borgersen, circa 1900. Both models were shown at the Exposition universelle, and exemplify the Viking revival. An awakening interest in native language and Viking legends in Norway was a prelude to the craze for folk design.
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