by Erc Schmitt
Internationally acclaimed French Decorative artist Eric Schmitt (www.ericschmitt.com) will exhibit his new collection, a limited edition of Bohemian hand-blown glass and bronze vases created exclusively for Valerie Goodman Gallery (www.valeriegoodmangalley.com) a 20th Century and Contemporary Decorative Arts Gallery and Fleurs Bella (www.fleursbella.com) a creative studio working with flowers and various objects. Their collaboration will offer a unique event to present Eric Schmitt’s work in an important exhibition, staged by the artist, and chosen by Valerie Goodman Gallery as the opening show for their new space at 315 East 91st Street, 4th floor, NYC 10128 May 18 until June 30, 2010. Additional vases will also be shown at the studio of Fleurs Bella, 55 East 11th Street NYC 10003.
Schmitt’s beautifully updated, yet traditional objects manage to fascinate two widely divergent groups — those who wish that craftsmen made things the way they used to, and those who wish design would not linger in the past.
“My aim is to be in timeless harmony with the classic materials I use,” says Schmitt. “Bronze is my favorite metal — it is everlasting, yet gains a patina that changes subtly through the years. I like to create a patchwork of patinas and combine them with bohemian glass. My focus in using these materials is to create a different impression of the one generally given by everyday objects.”
A love of materials combined with an all-encompassing dedication to good design, burnished with charm and cleverness, have made Eric Schmitt a sought-after sculptor, artist, and architect — as evidenced, for example, by his eponymous furniture collection sold at Ralph Pucci in New York and his line for Daum and Christian Liaigre in France. Schmitt was a member of the mythical 80’s post modern movement “En attendant les Barbares” which brought us the creations of Garouste & Bonnetti(www.barbares.com). More recently Eric created pieces for Jacques Grange’s renovation of the Mark Hotel in New York.