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$ 49,000

'L'Infini' Console

Customization Options Custom dimensions are available on order. This console can also be produced in bleached maple instead of ebonized maple.
Documentation Signed
Origin Canada
Period New
Materials Hand-carved ebonized maple with a deep reddish brown patina.
W. 93.7 in; H. 44.88 in; D. 27.95 in; H.2. 40.94 in;
W. 238 cm; H. 114 cm; D. 71 cm; H.2. 104 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 2017
Description Both a cabinetmaker and a visual artist, Gildas Berthelot has forged a unique path in the world of contemporary design over the past 30 years. His vision and his experience give birth to sculptural furniture pieces that are also imaginary creatures, shaped thanks to his exceptional ingenuity in craftsmanship techniques. ‘L'Infini Console' is entirely hand-carved in ebonized maple, with a deep reddish brown patina, the interior drawer being in walnut. This console with arabesque-like shapes is the largest piece that Gildas Berthelot ever produced (238 cm long, 114 cm high). This console is exclusively produced and sold by Galerie BSL in a limited edition of 3 pieces.

According to Gildas Berthelot's own words, this masterpiece is also a turning point: "I had this piece in my mind for years in some way, and it is now actually real. I consider it as the most challenging and achieved piece I have ever made in terms of cohesion and balance of forms. This piece is very organic, related to nature of course, but at the same time it is also abstract."

Gildas Berthelot draws, designs and hand crafts each work himself in his workshop in Canada. His dual training as an artist and a cabinetmaker allows him to reconcile artistic creativity and technical prowess. The creative idea is refined progressively from the second to the third dimension, starting from the drawing, to the model and resulting in the finalized work. Everything starts with the drawing, a medium that is an integral part of Gildas Berthelot’s incredibly precise and focused methodology. “While cabinetmaking requires many physical means: plans, templates, tools, and an extremely rigorous method, drawing is to me as much a form of introspection as it is a liberation. I like this contrast between the charcoal which slides freely on a sheet of paper and the strict organization of the tracing of a piece of furniture.” After the drawing, Gildas Berthelot then creates a scale model, or a “volume in progress” of the future piece of furniture. “The model is a three dimensional sketch. Nothing is finalized until I create the plan.”

Gildas Berthelot’s sculpture uses living, natural forms whose rich arabesque-like shapes liberate his work from the usual typologies to invent new organisms. The play of curves and counter curves, the tangible sensuality of matter, polished wood or bronze, give life to imaginary bodies that also are fantasy creatures. His works are ellipses, both natural and supernatural, both incarnated and abstract. “My sculpture is first of all fiction in a real world.”
Styles / Movements Collectible Design, Contemporary, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 254561
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