French fancy: Galerie Kreo brings its wares to FOG Design+Art

FOG Design+Art fair interiors
Last week, Galerie Kreo crossed the pond to set up a booth filled with memorable pieces at San Francisco’s FOG Design+Art fair
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‘Let there be light’ seemed to be the mission statement radiating from Galerie Kreo's tastefully illuminated booth at San Francisco's FOG Design+Art Fair. ‘In all my booths, there is a lot of lights because that is my passion,’ says Didier Krzentowski, who founded the gallery with his wife Clémence, and also co-authored a history of lights with her. For Krzentowski, there is no greater talent than Gino Sarfatti – the late Italian maestro who was the subject of a 2012 retrospective at La Triennale Design Museum in Milan.

Dressed in a sharp blue suit and navy slippers monogrammed with ON and OFF, Krzentowski picked up a yellow-shaded, bronze-based floor lamp, adjusted it with a simple twist of his hand before moving towards his favourite: a two-bulb blue shaded Scarfatti sconce. ‘He was thinking about lighting different positions however you wanted,’ he says. ‘It's easy to do something complicated, but something so simple, it's very difficult.’

Around and under lamps, illuminated mirrors and chandeliers from Scarfatti, Studio Wieki Somers and the Bouroullec brothers, Kreo shed some light on their decor. Against one wall leaned a carbon fibre ladder by Marc Newson beside Doshi Levien's multi-colored 'Squarable Lune' mirror. Across the booth, Jaime Hayon's Venetian-influenced ‘Monkey’ mirror held court between Alessandro Mendini's reflective white gold 'Poltrona' chair and a hollowed console made from Maquina black marble by Pierre Charpin. ‘It's genius because it's concave inside,’ says Krzentowski pointing out the engineering that allowed for the weighty material to be so light. 

However, the centre of attention in the booth seemed to be focused on the glass-topped 'Champions' table from Konstantin Grcic. Inspired by racing sports, its red, green and yellow aluminium base appeared to invoke a road bicycle or cigarette boat, enhanced via the word ‘Jetdog’ emblazoned down the middle by master lacquerer Walter Maurer. 

‘It doesn't mean anything,’ says Krzentowski with a laugh. ‘But "Jetdog" gives you the feeling of speed.’

Selection of vintage lighting

One especially defining feature of the booth was the gallery’s selection of vintage lighting by the late Italian lighting maestro, Gino Sarfatti (seen here with Jaime Hayon’s Venetian-influenced ‘Monkey’ mirror)

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A round mirror with small spotlights

Seen here – with a floor lamp from 1962 and a round mirror with small spotlights from 1971 (both by Sarfatti) – is Alessandro Mendini’s reflective ’Proust’ All’aperto armchair. A white gold Bisazza mosaic helped to bring an added shine to the booth

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Furniture name High Console

Also on display was Pierre Charpin’s ’High Console’..

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Coffee table

... and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s ’Geta Black’ coffee table

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Racing sports with its red, green and yellow aluminum base

Much attention was drawn by the glass-topped ’Champions’ table by Konstantin Grcic, seemingly inspired by racing sports with its red, green and yellow aluminum base

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Fibre ladder

A carbon fibre ladder

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A pair of vintage rectangular box wall lights

Pictured from left: François Bauchet’s ’Cellae Library’ in technical felt, fibreglass and epoxy resin; a pair of vintage rectangular box wall lights made from crackled lacquered metal and opaline glass; Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s ’Shells 3’ lights in black lacquered fiberglass; ’UN Lounge Chair’ by Hella Jongerius

(Image credit: Gino Sarfatti, Hella Jongerius)

For more information, visit Fod Design+Art’s website or Galerie Kreo’s website