Aubusson Tapestry : The Great Lady Collection
YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge
« The Cabinet is adorned with a tapestry of a bear, a mass of energy with living threads reminding us that the precious wooden structure was once a massive, towering tree. »
Bruno Ythier – Chief Curator at the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie d’Aubusson
A number of crafts were used in the creation of Ours, like the new approach to Aubusson tapestries and the very technical woodwork process, which ranges from traditional Japanese assembly techniques to fine digital machining.
The biggest challenge was to faithfully render the bears, their intense expressions, the texture of their pelts and the shine in their eyes, while maintaining a truly contemporary feel.
The choice of colours for the tapestry was made bearing in mind the rare species of wood chosen, rare Bog Oak whose deep grey colour comes from having spent thousands of years at the bottom of swamps, rivers or lakes.
The classical design of the cabinet was reworked to find the perfect balance between poetry and reality.
This piece was presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris during Valérie Maltaverne’s Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres Award ceremony.
Aubusson Tapestry and Wood
L.140 x W.44 x H.185cm
Limited Edition of 8 pieces
Ours is from the collection :
AUBUSSON TAPESTRY : THE GREAT LADY
French Aubusson tapestry, which dates back to the 16th century, is a gold standard in tapestry production and is inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
“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 achieve unique textures, pushing these artisans with exceptional skills to explore unknown territories of 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
Other pieces of the collection :
AUBUSSON TAPESTRY : THE GREAT LADY
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
LA BELLE ENDORMIE : LA MARQUETERIE REVISITÉE
The La Belle Endormie : La Marqueterie Revisitée Collection brings a breath of fresh air and creativity to one of great traditions of French craftsmanship: marquetry.
Numerous types of precious wood are cut and assembled in an original way, depicting landscapes, animated 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.
À FLEUR DE PEAU
À Fleur de Peau 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 reflections 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.
MARBRE POIDS PLUME
Marbre Poids Plume expresses the inconceivable, creating light objects made from marble.
Marble is ultra-resistant and, as a result, was refined to the extreme. Airy, sensual, light, delicate, it loses none of its density. Marbre Poids Plume 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 tell the story of the beginning of YMER& MALTA.
This collection was born from a vision where creative virtuosity dialogues with industrial reality. À l’origine has a dreamlike, sensitive dimension that transcends the function of the object. Its purity and originality make it a strong, memorable collection at the frontiers of contemporary art.