AKARI UNFOLDED for The Noguchi Museum

The exhibition Akari Unfolded came out of a 2016 visit to The Noguchi Museum during which Maltaverne decided to apply her model to Akari. The challenge was to see whether she might, treating Akari as the tradition, extend its fundamental alchemies—what Noguchi called the intrinsic qualities of craft whose products cannot be successfully falsified (as the many Akari knockoffs demonstrate)—into the future.
Dakin Hart, Senior Curator, The Noguchi Museum



“This innovative collection, developed by the studio YMER&MALTA, is a set of seven pieces of furniture integrating Aubusson Tapestry. Valérie Maltaverne, the founder of the studio, not only has worked with her team of designers but also collaborated with the Aubusson weavers to get unique textures from them, pushing these artisans with exceptional skills to explore unknown territories from their own technique.”
Emmanuel Gerard – Director at the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie d’Aubusson

“YMER&MALTA studio did more than just mobilise and work with the immaterial heritage of Aubusson tapestry, it enriched the whole process.”
Bruno Ythier – Chief Curator du Patrimoine de la Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie d’Aubusson



The Sleeping Beauty collection brings a breath of fresh air and creativity to one of the grandest of the French art professions: marquetry. Numerous types of precious wood are cut and assembled in an original way, depicting landscapes, moving shapes, abstract or figurative motifs.
The result is a surprisingly kinetic, contemporary vision of marquetry.



Combinaison is a collection that often works through juxtaposition, at times through confrontation, inversion and even hybridisation, but never through opposition. A series of combinations that speak of moments where methods and typologies, materials and manufacturing processes collide.



Skin Deep pays homage to a traditional and luxurious material. This collection freely explores the possibilities of leather, playing with feelings and contrasts, textures, colours, shapes, in both supple and stiff leathers.
Powerful and sensual leather sculptures fill the space, making it more open and freer.



Morning Mist, a collection developed exclusively with Benjamin Graindorge, essentially proposes new shapes and thoughts on the theme of light, the ultimate emotional material. Through this ode to light, Morning Mist proposes an alteration of reality, or perhaps attempts to reveal the essence of the real.



Feather Light Marble expresses the inconceivable, creating light objects made from marble.
Marble is ultra-resistant and, as a result, was slimmed down to the extreme. Airy, sensual, light, delicate, it loses nothing of its density. Feather Light Marble proposes stark lines that surprise and move us.
A new poetic reality emanates from the pieces.



Illusions is comprised of four pieces the subtlety of which is not necessarily visible at first glance. Illusions acts like a sensorial and cognitive stimulus in the way it plays with optics, materials and perspectives that propose a new reality to the spectator.



These pieces designed exclusively with Cédric Ragot tells the story of the beginning of YMER& MALTA.
This collection was born from a vision of creative virtuosity connecting with industrial reality. A l’origine has a dreamlike, sensitive dimension that transcends the function of the object. Its purity and originality make it a strong, memorable collection on the border with contemporary art.


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