Like cats, Vincent Darré has had several (professional) lives, working in fashion, lifestyle and now, interior design, transforming his homes into a laboratory of sorts for his unbridled creativity. Known for his extravagant, almost baroque persona, Vincent Darré, a.k.a. the enfant terrible of French design, is a free-spirited artist and the master of isms: dandyism, romanticism, surrealism, eclecticism, Dadaism, Hellenism, and cheeky classicism. Vibrant and flamboyant, his designs are a feat of unexpected shapes and colors, true conversation pieces.
Tapping into Surrealism’s aesthetic and the interplay between dream and reality, Vincent Darré transfigures, literally, any common piece of furniture into a work of art. In addition, most of his work is defined by the childhood memory of a trip to Italy and the discovery of the grotesque sculptures in the Bomarzo Gardens and the late renaissance fountains of Villa Lante. Striking the perfect balance between flamboyancy and classicism, each design is a stand-alone piece that radiates theatricality. Working closely with the best artisans, Darré’s designs would not exist without the craftsmen’s magic touch and unparalleled know-how.
The Conversation Collection of chairs, armchairs and sofas is inspired by arguably one of the most iconic pictures of Surrealism. Taken by Cecil Beaton, the photograph is the portrait of Salvador Dalì and his beloved Gala, sitting together. Their silhouette becomes the contour of each piece from the collection.