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1985 Garouste & Bonetti ‘Prince imperial’ stool for Galerie Néotu Paris


The soft coral red painted wooden ‘Prince Impérial’ series are hand decorated by the artists. This furniture has been present in the permanent collection of The Musée des Arts Décoratifs , Paris, France, Inv. 2003.70.1.

This stool is the first model that I have encountered and is rare and highly collectible.

The additional picture was taken by Artist photographer Tom Jacobi in 1986 for the exhibition ‘Wohnen von Sinnen’ in Dusseldorf. An exhibition dedicated to the new era of radical / anti design rising all over Europe. An answer to the golden 50-60-70 era with shiny mass produced commercialized items…

Nadia Croquet, and Laurent Le Bon, Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti, Paris, 1998, fig. 10; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., 1000 Chairs, Cologne, 2000, p. 597; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, Modern Classics, Postwar to Postmodernism, London, 2001, p. 167, fig. 141; Design Contre Design, exh. cat., Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 2007, p. 215; Chloé Braunstein-Kriegel and Éric Germain, Les années Staudenmeyer, 25 ans de design en France, Paris, 2009, p. 352


Elizabeth Garouste (French, born 1949), a former costume designer, and Mattia Bonetti (Swiss, born 1952), a photographer, together form a Paris-based design team specializing in furniture that is at once experimental and elegant. Their work is marked by a use of classically tasteful materials, such as terra-cotta and wrought iron, as well as by the prevalence of sleek shapes and lines. “Our hope is to give people the feeling of freedom in the choice of forms,” they have said. “Good taste really bothers us a lot. What we care about is implanting doubt. We don’t have any rules.”