Graceful, minimal and timeless. Purity of form intersects the rich materiality of alabaster in a pendant light by Garnier & Linker. Composed of a lampshade in alabaster hung by a dark natural brass patina rod that is made to measure, available in veined alabaster or white alabaster exclusively from Galerie Anne Jacquemin Sablon. Photo courtesy of Anne Jacquemin Sablon.

How Parisian Dealer 
Anne Jacquemin Sablon 
Bridges the Divide Between 
Art and Design

The gallery of Anne Jacquemin Sablon at 34 rue Coquillèrein Paris is synonymous with refined taste and elegant contemporary interiors. Opened in 2015, the gallery presents a carefully curated selection of art and design including furniture, lighting, and fine art by renowned French architects, designers and artists. Gallery founder Anne Jacquemin Sablon spent 10 years at Christian Liaigre and today, in addition to running her eponymous gallery, is herself part of a talented collaborative design team and provides custom design services for international clients and art collectors.

Incollect sat down with Anne to discuss the Parisian design scene, her gallery and what right now she is really excited about in the world of art and design.

— Benjamin Genocchio

This mixed media folding screen by artist, craftsman, and restoration expert Vadim Garine is painted with tempera and gold leaf on a tinted sandblasted wood frame. A serpentine textured element winding across the screen creates depth and contrast with the luminous surface. The freestanding screen folds in four panels and would be stunning as a room divider, framing a seating group, or positioned behind a sofa or bed. Vadim Garine studied the traditional arts of painting in tempera, encaustic and gilding under the eminent contemporary Russian master iconographer and fresco painter Father Archimandrite Zenon. Photos courtesy Anne Jacquemin Sablon.

What do you specialize in as a dealer?

Anne Jacquemin Sablon: The gallery specializes in contemporary design, especially furniture and lighting. We also curate and show the drawings of designers and architects such as Tristan Auer, Thierry Lemaire and Maxime Old. We like to work with contemporary artists who are bridging the gap between art, design and love craftsmanship like Vadim Garine.

How did you come to have an art and design gallery in Paris?

Anne Jacquemin Sablon:  You could say I always had two professional careers or I shared my professional life between the Christian Liaigre design and architecture studio where I worked and my husband's contemporary art gallery. Combining the two came naturally to me in one gallery space that was all my own.

Tell us about Atelier Linné, what makes them so unique, so special in your view?

Anne Jacquemin Sablon:  Atelier Linné is very special for me since it is a collective of designers, artists and craftsmen of which I am a part. We design, manufacture and sculpt collective works to which everyone brings something unique. I really believe in teamwork and pooling intelligence and creativity. The pieces of Atelier Linné are the reflection of several souls and several hands. 

The Elements Shelf is collaboration between Atelier Linné and artist Denis Perrollaz. Atelier Linné crafted the structure from sandblasted pine, and Denis Perrallaz painted the lacquer panel. Each piece is unique, the shelf structure handcrafted one at a time, and the panel a unique work of art. Produced exclusively for the Anne Jacquemin Sablon Gallery, it will be exhibited for the first time at the Collectible Design Fair in Brussels, May 2022.  Photos by Marie Beaufreton, courtesy of Anne Jacquemin Sablon.

The Jay console designed by Atelier Linné in 2010 is constructed using two elements — a carved Calacatta marble top and brushed tinted oak table legs. Gallery owner Anne Jacquemin Sablon is particularly drawn to this piece and the graceful precision of its curves. Photos courtesy of Anne Jacquemin Sablon.

Is there a specific piece by Atelier Linné that you especially admire?

Anne Jacquemin Sablon:  I love them all... I have a weakness for the Jay console and the accuracy of its curves. The Element bookcase is also a fine example, combining among others the talent of the artist Denis Perrollaz who made the bottom portion, and the expertise of the cabinetmaker who sculpted the wood.

The lighting of Atelier George is much sought after by true connoisseurs, what do you consider the distinctive appeal?

Anne Jacquemin Sablon:  Atelier George is a couple, lovers of glass, endowed with an incredible talent in glass blowing and a love of the beauty of the forms they exploit. I think their success is due to the artistic and personal truth they put into their work and also to the intelligence they have in curating their collections, all of which speak of a theme that is both universal, like the Cosmos, or intimate, like the reflection of a rippled moiré fabric.

Pieces from Tristan Auer , another terrific artist-designer, are also part of your inventory. What sets his work apart from other creators in your view?

Anne Jacquemin Sablon:  Tristan has fun when he works, he experiments, tries, he’s fearless. This desire and this spontaneity are felt in his drawings as well. The true value of an artist, whatever his specialty, is always gauged by the clarity and sincerity of his work. These are two creative intentions that allow works to pass the test of time and comparison. Tristan has a recognizable style at first glance, he is both singular and very cultured.

Left: A vignette showcasing pieces by French interior architect and furniture designer Tristan Auer: the Temple coffee table, Les Bains sofa and Trombone floor lamp. Right: The Temple coffee table, created in light oak with ink applied in a dramatic degradé effect to heighten the wood grain. Glossy varnish adds a rich sheen and points up the fine detail. Photos by Amaury Laparra, courtesy of Anne Jacquemin Sablon.

Which designers working today are you really curious and excited about?

Anne Jacquemin Sablon:  I really like Garnier & Linker with whom I have an exclusive edition of lighting pieces. They have a talent for simple, accurate and beautiful designs. Francesco Balzano and Valentin Loellmann are great designers for the same reasons. We have just started a collaboration with Samuel Latour. I really believe in his talent and we will show his first piece of design at the Collectible Fair in Brussels in May.

What is selling in the broader market at the moment in your view and how do you see that as a reflection of life in 2022?

Anne Jacquemin Sablon:  In the past two years, people have learned to adapt to change, to extreme situations of confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They are thirsty for freedom, nomadism and want to project themselves into the future. Hence, it is reflected in purchases of more extravagant, and even more colorful pieces. Collectors are less shy and they are investing in more experimental pieces I have found as well, something different.

If you weren’t a dealer what can you imagine yourself doing?

Anne Jacquemin Sablon: I’d be a sculptor.