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Lalanne’s Lambs And More

Inspired by a picture of Delphine Krakoff’s sheep on The Zhush, I did a little sleuthing and found out that the first major retrospective of Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s whimsical work opened at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris last month.

Delphine Krakoff for Pamplemousse Design

Delphine Krakoff for Pamplemousse Design

Known for their “sense of absurdity”, this legendary couple not only created the iconic sheep (which graced Park Avenue last October), but fabulous furniture, jewelry and home decor, as well.  The exhibit, designed by architect and Lalanne uber-collector Peter Marino, includes more than 150 pieces inspired by animals and nature in a fantasy French chateau setting.

"Les Lalannes" Exhibition - Musee des Arts Decoratifs

"Les Lalannes" Exhibition - Musee des Arts Decoratifs

"Les Lalannes" Rabiits with Tutus and Mice with Fans

"Les Lalannes" Rabbits with Tutus and Mice with Fans

From what we have heard, visitors to the Musee are in for a treat.  From the “monkey room” dedicated to Yves St. Laurent’s collection which graced his Rue de Babylone home to a dining room with a table-top fountain commissioned by Marino for his own New York apartment, every room is filled with magic.

Claude Lalanne - Mobilier Gingko c. 1996

Claude Lalanne - Mobilier Gingko c. 1996

Claude Lalanne - Bambiloba c. 2005

Claude Lalanne - Bambiloba c. 2005

And if the furniture is too much for you, there’s always Claude’s gorgeous jewelry and home accessories!

Claude Lalanne - Clips d'Oreille "Collerette" c. 1980's

Claude Lalanne - Clips d'Oreille "Collerette" c. 1980's

Claude Lalanne - Paire de Candelabres c. 1990

Claude Lalanne - Paire de Candelabres c. 1990

Claude Lalanne - Vase Reseaux a L'Anguille c. 2007

Claude Lalanne - Vase Reseaux c. 2007

Photos from The Zhush, Musee des Arts Decoratifs and Christie’s

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8 Comments

  • Reply The Zhush April 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Ohh LA LA indeed! From the “absurd” to the chic, I am wishing I was on my way to the Musee! (Sadly, I am off to Soccer practice, so cliche) ~sigh~

  • Reply pve April 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Baa Baa, Lalanne could be my sheperd. What dreamy creations.
    pve

  • Reply Gwen Driscoll April 8, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Just love all these pieces inspired by nature. Diving back into the world of blog. Been missing all my friends. Hope you are well.

    • Reply carolyn April 8, 2010 at 7:08 am

      Welcome back, Gwen!

  • Reply The Neo-Traditionalist April 8, 2010 at 7:24 am

    So neat! I want a bunny with a tutu!! What I would give to see the exhibit…
    xo Katie

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    • Reply carolyn April 9, 2010 at 8:15 am

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  • Reply Barbara at Hampton Hostess April 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Sweet, whimsical and utterly gorgeous–love the earrings and “snake in the grass” vase–so chic. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. all the best, Barbara

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