Claude Lalanne was a French sculptor and top product designer most commonly known for her work in the collaborative design studio Les Lalanne together with her husband, François-Xavier Lalanne. Born in Paris, she studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts and the École des Arts Décoratifs. Claude Lalanne’s work often manifested itself in the form of decorative flora and fauna, drawing from Surrealism and Art Nouveau in her contemporary furniture and fine art pieces: One Hundred Edition presents you some of her unique design pieces!
“I adore my work, and I normally work in the atelier every day, where I create models with my hands.”
Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne both believed that artwork could serve a purpose and a cause: the design studio restores a sense of familiarity, even potential practicality to the medium of sculpture, which for too long had been placed on a literal and metaphorical pedestal.
“Artist, craftswoman, they’re the same thing. The two terms have the same dictionary definition.”
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Collected by Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford among others, Claude Lalanne was more interested in the intimate processes of nature, emerging an aesthetic that is sometimes fragile but just as often enthusiastic.
Her unique style of decorative design and fine art resounded with the fashion world with many of her pieces collected by leading fashion designers. Furthermore, by adding artful aspects to functional objects, the top product designer aimed to enrich life by injecting art into the everyday.
Her creative work can be found in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The top product designer died on April 10, 2019, in Fontainebleau, France.
“The work is functional, I’m making things with a use.”