Conversations in Bronze at
Carpenters Workshop Gallery



An exhibition of furniture by French artists Vincent Dubourg and Ingrid Donat entitled Conversations in Bronze opened earlier this month at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London, England.


The show features conceptual tables and chairs in bronze. Top: Exile by Vincent Dubourg. Above: Napoléan à Trotinette by Vincent Dubourg.


Carpenters Workshop Gallery, owned by Loïc Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail, specialises in collectible works by established and emerging contemporary designers. Above: Table Basse Anneaux by Ingrid Donat


The show runs until 4 October. Below: Boite Noir by Vincent Dubourg.


The following is from Carpenters Workshop Gallery:


Showcasing new limited-edition artwork by contemporary artists Ingrid Donat and Vincent Dubourg. Donat's new bronze commodes and tables with highly scarified surface texture float on the edge of classicism, while evoking the influence of an art deco, tribal tattooing and the work of Gustav Klimt. They are at once timeless and ultra contemporary.


Dubourg's poetic works discuss the strenght of nature. Often starting life with a man-made found object, he twists and contorts young branches until they work together harmoniously raising a dialogue between man and nature, between the conceptual and the functional, the handmade and the mass produced.


The exhibition highlights a different approach from a designer: both starting on a creative journey without a preconceived idea of how the piece will turn out. Their functionality often appears a later stage in the production, allowing for freedom to create conceptual objects d'art which grow organically into finished pieces.


Above: Vent sur la Table by Vincent Dubourg.


Above: Commode Dark by Vincent Dubourg


Above: Vent sur la Table by Vincent Dubourg


Above: Commode Primitive by Ingrid Donat


Above: Console Bicyclette by Ingrid Donat


Above: Table Basse aux Pieds Carres by Ingrid Donat


Above: Table Basse Anneaux by Ingrid Donat


Above: Table Basse Anneaux by Ingrid Donat


Above: Table Basse Anneaux by Ingrid Donat

Posted on Tuesday September 30th 2008 at 3:13 pm by Matylda Krzykowski. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • thuyquyenvo

    oh,my god…there’re the artistry…

  • tiffany

    This is 19th century kitsch.
    I was thinking this blog was about contemporary stuff……

  • mama

    If it’s “art” then what’s it doing on design website. If it’s design it’s medieval and ugly.

  • Patricio Paredes

    The first was “Beau Sauvage at Gallery Libby Sellers”…. and now this.
    Which is the line between art facilities and furniture for real???

  • bokem

    shut up tiffany

  • tina

    Wow- its like the bad stuff my mum is into…

  • rebecca

    I think this show is even uglier than the one at Libby Sellers-
    These kind of shows make me so nervous-
    I think there are great reasons for calling some design, ‘DesignArt’. But if it becomes about artsy, ugly stuff that looks like it was made for cheesy homes in Phoenix Arizona, then the whole thing will collapse..

    wow really- I thought those two french guys were pretty good curators- but this is toxic.

    Please, where is Murray Moss when you need him?

  • Monk

    I love this

  • erm

    my god, what a narrow minded bunch of readers you are, and why are you all so concerned with definitions.

    grow up, or stick to core77.

  • As usual, the typically ignorant comments come before what really matters. I urge every one of you to go to the gallery before posting such rubbish. The work of Dubourg and Donat is beautiful, it may not be what many of you consider to be contemporary design because it has not been produced in high glossy plastic and have sensous curves but it has every right to be here. These are two artists/designers who work very much away from the traditional design scene and as a result they have produced very different work to what you may normally see. In doing so they have created what can only be described as functional sculpture, beautiful to behold and useable too by all accounts. I went to the gallery yesterday to have a look at it myself having seen this post and was quite overwhelmed – it is rare these days to see such handicraft going into design, think more human, less machine. I am aware that pieces like this are only available to a lucky few and unfortunately i’m not one of them, however, it is designers like these that push the boundaries and allow this type of thinking to eventually filter down into the main stream, go and see for yourselves, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  • mama

    Codswallop. If it needs this much explanation it ain’t good.

  • james w.

    It is true: High Design, Limited Edition, or Design Art, (what ever you want to call it) need not be beautiful. So calling this furniture ugly isn’t really saying much. Lots of important, valuable work isn’t beautiful and that doesn’t degrade its value as Art.

    How about this: Is this Art? Design Art? What does it really say?Does it really raise a dialogue between man and nature, as they claim? Does it really speak to the relationship between limited and mass produced? In what way? because it was made by hand? The average Christmas Craft show if full of hand made things- I’m not sure that really elucidates a new understanding of limited and mass.

    What is the patterning about? is it just random cuteness? or is there something deeper behind this work? While the previous comments take issue with digitally influenced work, I would ask: isn’t the patterning that is arising from digitally oriented design studios a bit more interesting (even valuable) since it presents a real tension by bridging of the historical and the completely new?

    I feel the patterning here is simply retro: As they say, “evoking the influence of an art deco, tribal tattooing and the work of Gustav Klimt.” Isn’t that exactly what corny big retailers always do- make chintzy historical remake pieces?

    I have to say, I think that this work is presenting it self as if it were relating to some issues that are important now within design, but isn’t really speaking to them in any kind of powerful, poignant, savy or romantic way. Its kind of dull. Just made of very heavy, expensive materials. I think I agree with some of the somewhat critical comments above.

  • xtiaan

    its art, get over it people, open up those tiny minds and let something new in