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Launching at Galerie Philia’s Cabinet of Virtuosity: The Contour Chair

04 November 2021

Bodo Sperlein is excited to present a new addition to the Contour range at Galerie Philia's collection. For this special occasion, Bodo's designs will sit alongside an exceptional selection of over one hundred works by more than 30 contemporary artists.

The Cabinet of Virtuosity is an instant look at diverse cabinets presenting an eclectic ensemble of curiosities. Here the unifying idea for the selection is virtuosity. Technical and sculptural virtuosity, as well and above all, esthetic virtuosity.

The exhibition will take place in the new building of the renowned studio Atelier Alain Ellouz. It will unfold in the 4 floors of the building, as well as its surrounding gardens of 4000 m2, in a dialogue mixing the fond material alabaster with sandstone, brass, oak and bronze.

Contour II

As the contour range grows, the ethos remains the same. Respect for the natural materials and traditional techniques is at the heart of this collection, combined with modern technological processes. The wood is hand selected and shaped by master British craftspeople to create unique sculptural pieces, inspired by the clean organic silhouettes and elegant simplicity of the early 20th century Art Nouveau movement.

This collection is steeped in tradition down to the treatment of the wood. The range is available in Black Walnut, Oak, and an Engineering Grade timber, as well as a Beech which is finished using a technique called Shou Sugi Ban. This is a Japanese charring technique which highlights the textures and details in the wood, all of which complement a variety of interiors. This is an environmentally friendly way to preserve wood through a process of charring, cooling and oiling the wood after it has been shaped. The technique has been used for centuries to protect wood from the elements and help the piece stand the test of time.

Launched in 2015, Galerie Philia is an international contemporary design and modern art gallery representing emerging and established designers and artists. The gallery is the brainchild of two brothers who share a lifetime passion for art, literature and philosophy, hence its name Philia, the "highest form of love" in Ancient Greek, also meaning “friendship” or “affection”.

As well as propelling the newest generation of 21st century collectible design, Galerie Philia also works with established practitioners such as Rick Owens (USA), Jérôme Pereira (France) and AlainEllouz (France). Galerie Philia has a strong international presence, with galleries in Geneva, New York and Singapore. In addition to their permanent spaces, the gallery organises temporary group exhibitions and artists residencies in first-class locations around the world.