New Henri Matisse-inspired homeware collection will delight art lovers for Christmas
Last month, descendants of the late Post-Impressionist artist launched a home décor business, Maison Matisse, to celebrate his 150th birthday.
The project, run by Matisse's great-grandchildren Jean-Matthieu Matisse and his sister Anne-Maxence, invites renowned contemporary designers to reinterpret the French painter's aesthetic into a collection of limited-edition vases.
Among them are Spanish artist Jaime Hayon, French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, as well as late Italian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini, who completed his contorted vases before his passing at the age of 87 last February.
For the debut homeware collection of Maison Matisse, Hayon turned to the silhouettes and Mediterranean landscapes that inspired Matisse for his 1940 "Interior with an Etruscan Vase."
The shapes of the Spanish designer's vases are reminiscent of Etruscan and Roman amphoras like the one portrayed in the French painter's masterpiece.
"I am a passionate admirer of his style and it's always been a real source of inspiration for me. Having the chance to put the inspiration I draw from his work into my personal cosmography has been very rewarding. The initial concept of the vases is based on fantastic elements: shapes, silhouettes and natural features that melt together and float in a sea of color," Hayon commented in a statement.
Mendini's hand-layered ceramic vases come in as many as eight colors that derive from the palette Matisse used in his 1940 "La Blouse roumaine," which is currently in the collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Meanwhile, the Bouroullec brothers took a more abstract approach for their "Fenêtre" series of vases, reimagining the open window that Matisse often depicted in his works.
Although Maison Matisse has not listed the prices of each design, the New York Times reported that the limited-edition pieces range from €7,000 to €12,000 (about $7,810 to $13,390).
The home décor house is also planning to offer a permanent line of more affordable items, with new collections being unveiled three times a year.
According to the New York Times, the next line will consist of 15 objects designed by French-Polish artist Marta Bakowski and inspired by Matisse's 1939 masterpiece "La Musique."