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  • 02 October 2019

    IDEAT writes about us

    We were given the pleasure to meet a journalist from Ideat at our Grand Opening. Thanks to her for this supportive article.

    "We dreamed of it, Formes Utiles did it! In its new 450 m2 showroom in Lyon, the designer pieces are revisited thanks to the talent of the street artist Pec. "

    "Imagined by Bruno Dürr (antique dealer) and Fabrice Murawka (collector of designer furniture), the founders of Formes Utiles, this new Ali Baba cavern exhibits cult pieces from the history of design, which are not often to be found. "

    “The 150 pieces on display, (…), showcase the quintessence of the great design streams, like the exceptional furniture of Charlotte Perriand. "This sideboard with sliding doors, typical of the 1950s, was produced in Jean Prouvé’s workshops", explains Bruno, "it comes from Mauritania, as does the bench in mahogany slats placed on a base in black lacquered metal. Opposite, two rare metal basket armchairs were featured in the film by Jacques Tati "Mon oncle". On the sideboard, the ceramic head is signed by Robert and Jean Cloutier ”.

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  • 01 October 2019

    Join us at the Geneva Design Fair

    Formes Utiles stops in Geneva for the Design Fair. For this edition, we’ve brought along a few gems for you to discover..

    A table, bench and stool set designed by Charlotte Perriand for the Ski resort "Les Arcs", in the French Alps. Also from "Les Arcs", a vintage series of wall lamps also know as CP1 by Charlotte Perriand.

    You may also find that unique design piece you're looking for among our proposal of ceramic sculptures

    On the French side we will be showcasing exceptional, figurative and zoomorphic ceramics by Jules Agard. He is known for having formed the pots that Picasso painted in Vallauris, but he was also a highly respected artist in his own right: a painter and a ceramicist.

    On the Italian side, we will be exhibiting the bestiary of Bruno Gambone, a great Italian ceramicist, with his lions and his horses.

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  • 12 June 2019


    "Vivre Lyon" talks about us. You are invited to come and visit us on June 22nd, 7 p.m in our new showroom, 20 rue Marcel Dutartre, Villeurbanne.

    “A new and unusual place, Formes Utile opens its doors in Villeurbanne on June 20th. An artistic temple where the decorative arts of the 20th century meet modern street art.

    450 m 2 of rare vintage design and graffiti on the outskirts of Lyon. Tucked away in Villeurbanne in a former industrial wasteland, the new Formes Utiles showroom is a reflection of these two worlds. A promising artistic experience between a rigorous selection of furniture and artworks from the XXth century on one side, and the graphic revisiting of design icons on the other. "

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  • 07 May 2019


    Formes Utiles heads towards Switzerland for a few days on the occasion of the Design flea market in Lausanne. Come and meet us from May 10 to 12 at the Palais de Beaulieu. At our booth, discover iconic pieces of Mid century modern design and art.

    Do you know the history of the iconic Womb Chair, this comfortable and elegant armchair? Its author, Eero Saarineen, went to study architecture in America. He met Charles Eames and Florence Knoll there, meetings that would mark his life. Indeed Knoll kept the exclusivity of the editions of his design pieces his all life. The Womb Chair is the first result of the collaboration between Saarineen, Eames and Knoll. It was designed in 1940 at the request of Florence Knoll, who asked for « a chair that was like a basket full of pillows ». This armchair was first edited in 1948. It was one of the first armchairs produced in series, resolutely modern for its time! We present here a first edition, entirely restored in royal blue.

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  • 07 May 2019


    Formes Utiles settles for the summer at the Flea market in Saint Ouen, Marché Paul Bert. We are open from Thursday to Sunday, stand 232, aisle 6. Do not hesitate to come and discover our selection of 20th century design pieces : spectacular ceramics by Robert and Jean Cloutier, the Tulip Chair by Laverne, works by Roger Capron, Vallauris...

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