Last month we were at the Maison et Objet fair in Paris. In the city we also visited some design galleries exhibiting and selling the vintage pieces. Our best from the cruising around the Saint Germain gallery scene, we present here through our very own illustration.

In the Jacques Lacoste gallery which presents unique french design of the 1950s - 1970s, we discovered original work of the cult French ceramicist Valentine Schlegel (born 1925). Her rare postwar work ranges from the organic shape vases and other ceramic objects to the large-scale interior commissions such as reliefs, ceilings, sculptures, built-in furniture and last but not least chimneys. In the 1960s and 1970s Valentine became famous for her sculptural chimney creations that she custom realized, mostly for private flat interiors. One of the chimneys from the beginning of the 1970s you can see now in the Jacques Lacoste gallery, too.

French decorators of the period, such as Jean Royere or Raphael paid attention to chimney decoration very much. In the interiors of these creators, chimneys played a role of the domestic sculpture and heart of the home, which were sculpted to the organic free forms objects very often. In the sensual work of Valentine Schlegel, this trend culminated.