Fun Fact: Raf Simons Collects French Ceramics
Before Raf Simons was a fashion designer, he was a furniture designer—and also, curiously enough, a ceramics collector. Now, ninety-nine pieces from Simons’ trove of French ceramics dating from the fifties through the seventies are set to go up for auction. This group is the focus of a sale run by the relatively young but influential Paris auction house Piasa. In its sale catalog, Piasa describes five vases by Pol Chambost (above) from the Simons collection as “a perfect fusion between utilitarian objects and works of art.” The works notably informed the designer’s Fall 2009 outing for Jil Sander. “Conveying the curves of his ceramics in fabric was a real challenge,” Simons said of the collection. “Chambost’s work is extremely feminine, and doubtless closer to Dior in a way. People always speak of his ‘floral’ pieces, which, to me, evoke Christian Dior’s Femmes Fleurs.” Other highlights include a biomorphic vase-sculpture by Valentine Schlegel, a group of seven colorful cylinder vases, a coffee table, and Bottle and Apple vases by Georges Jouve. As for why Simons is parting with his ceramic treasures, which he has acquired over the past fifteen years, he offered, “I’m a designer, and for me things are always evolving, and such evolution is necessary. Just because they are being sold does not mean these pieces will be lost, or that I am no longer excited by great French ceramicists. Yes, of course, I’m sorry to see them go. But I’m happy to turn toward different pieces and new horizons.” For a mere 1,000 to 40,000 euros, you too can collect haute pottery when Simons’ ceramics go under the hammer on December 17.