The studio

Reinterpreting the role of design in today’s world is at the forefront of the work at Studio YMER&MALTA. It is opening a new channel of expression at the point at which art, craft and modernism meet.

Valérie Maltaverne, gives free rein to virtuosity and meticulous craftsmanship while maintaining a dedication to precision and clean lines.

Combining the most modern tools with the most traditional techniques, she is opening the door, in a unique way, to an innovative movement at the start of the 21st century.

Valérie Maltaverne

YMER&MALTA occupies a very particular niche in the furniture world, at the crossroads of design, art and craftsmanship. Combining traditional art professions with cutting edge innovation, YMER&MALTA creates timeless pieces in limited editions aimed at a public of aesthetes and knowledgeable connoisseurs.

Valérie Maltaverne is the eye of YMER&MALTA. As curator and informed conductor, she knows how to get the very best from each designer, each artisan, each profession. Each YMER&MALTA piece tells a beautiful story that takes us on a journey. Finding the music, the harmonies and the pieces that form the whole is both Valérie’s job and her passion.

YMER&MALTA, A QUESTION OF SAVOIR-FAIRE

The objective of the collections at YMER&MALTA is to push the limits of forms and techniques. We are recognised as stakeholders in the history of French craftsmanship due to our commitment to the reinvention of the manufacturing process and the use of traditional materials in addition to our willingness to take risks with new technologies.

There are no limits in terms of materials. Noble materials such as marble, leather, glass, wood, are worked, sculpted and assembled to create pieces with elegant, timeless lines, made to last. A combination of craftsmanship and hours of hard work, a piece from YMER&MALTA is precious, an investment for the present and the future.

Each collection takes us on a creative journey. The process, orchestrated by YMER&MALTA, takes two years on average, and involves a constant dialogue between the artistic director Valérie Maltaverne, the designers and the artisans that are handpicked for their exceptional skills and enthusiasm.

THE DESIGNERS

YMER&MALTA calls on the best industrial designers in France and abroad to design its collections. Each collaboration is truly a creative adventure, during which each designer is invited to explore a territory that will push the limits of their art to produce pieces that are more personal and creative, to be manufactured as one-offs or in very limited editions.

Each collection is a collective effort based on a theme and orchestrated by Valérie Maltaverne, where a varied range of different sensibilities meet as part of a creative process that has no time constraint. The process goes on until the perfect design that corresponds to the artist’s personality and to the editorial line of the studio YMER&MALTA is reached.

Sebastian Bergne
England

A+A Cooren
France/ Japan

Benjamin Graindorge
France

Normal Studio
France

Cédric Ragot
France

Sylvain Rieu Piquet
France

ARTISANS

The production phase conforms to the same high standards. YMER&MALTA calls on the excellence of traditional French craftsmanship as well as using the most cutting-edge technologies.

Just like the design phase, the production process is unhurried, precise and meticulous. Each collection highlights a material or an art profession based on the guiding principle of traditional craftsmanship and today’s level of comfort. Artisans are chosen based on their willingness to go beyond their traditional skills, to push the limits of their knowledge in the creation of pieces that are precious, exceptional and always original.

Collections

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MARQUETRY : SLEEPING BEAUTY COLLECTION COLLECTION

The “Sleeping Beauty” collection brings a breath of fresh air and creativity to one of the grandest of the French art professions, marquetry. Numerous types of precious wood are cut and assembled in an original way, depicting landscapes, moving shapes, abstract or figurative motifs.
The result is a surprisingly kinetic, contemporary vision of marquetry.

CloudInChest

YMER&MALTA/ Benjamin Graindorge

The CloudinChest cabinet, is composed of almost three thousand hand cut pieces of wood from sixteen different species, that cover a shape cut like a diamond. A moving, pixelated cloud appears to take us on a journey.

Marquetry – 16 wood types
L.180 x l.50 x H.120 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Acquired by the
Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris

InMySkin

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The plateau of the InMySkin table is in marquetry made from veneers cut from eleven types of natural wood in different colours, the result is a digitalised reptile-skin effect.

Marquetry with 11 types of natural wood
L.263,7 x l.117 x H.75 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Black Snake Blues

YMER&MALTA/ Sylvain Rieu Piquet

The Black Snake Blues coffee table simply exudes animality. A snake appears on the surface, as if shedding its white ebony skin shot through with black, in one fluid movement.

Marquetry of dyed pear tree wood, white ebony, matt lacquered steel
L. 250 x l. 85 x H. 32 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Illusion

YMER&MALTA/ Sebastian Bergne

From metal to wood, like the impeccably sawn board, Illusion is the only ebony piece in the collection that plays with brighter colours using copper, brass and tin. The ellipsis repeated to infinity blends in with the material, the illusion is perfect.

Marquetry in black ebony, brass, copper and aluminium
L.200 x l.70 x H.35 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Plane Tree

YMER&MALTA/ Normal Studio

Plane Tree is completely covered in marquetry that perfectly imitates the camouflage motif echoed in the hidden drawers on each side. Thousands of old wood veneers with the contrasting colours of unique wood species: green and grey pin oak, white ebony, Macassar ebony, sycamore, pear tree, lemon tree.

Marquetry made from sycamore, Macassar ebony, pin oak, wenge
L.45 x l. 200 x H.45 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

COMBINAISON COLLECTION

Combinaison is a collection that often works through juxtaposition, at times through confrontation, inversion and even hybridisation, but never through opposition. A series of combinations that speak of moments where methods and typologies, materials and manufacturing processes collide.

Tenellus

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

The Tenellus lamp, contrasts the fragility of paper and the lightness of an industrial mesh, with the precision, simplicity and weight of a simple metallic tube. The resulting piece provides a delicate, honeycomb light.

Base in anodised metal, steel mesh, paper
H.60 × L.49 × P.13 cm
Numbered unlimited edition

Palissade

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Palissade is made of three shapes slotted together to form one piece.
Each of the shapes is edged so that the surface takes the light in a different way. In addition to the facets, a hatch pattern with luxurious gold, palladium and copper trim adds to the singularity of this exceptional piece, an infinite light trap.

Pine veneer in gold, bronze and silver
H.100 × L.50 × P.50 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

SKIN DEEP COLLECTION

Skin Deep pays homage to a traditional and luxurious material. This collection freely explores the possibilities of leather, playing with feelings and contrasts, textures, colours, shapes, in both supple and stiff leathers.
Powerful and sensual leather sculptures fill the space, making it more open and freer.

SofaScape

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The sofaScape is a country, a landscape with mountainous relief. The sofaScape is an emotional domain with variations and shades. A closed area of variable geometry, made of spaces, dips, densities, adapts to each of our bodies and each of our moments. The astonishing architecture of this sculptural bench takes its rightful place in the space that welcomes it while opening a door to elsewhere.

Calfskin, natural or black oak
12 unique colour combinations made from 6 different leather shades.
H.75 × L.250 × P.81 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

SmoothWriter

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The pure lines, the shape, the leather of the smoothWriter desk, provide a place of refuge, protected and intimate. A space where time has stopped and where words take shape.

Wood frame, dyed black, calfskin
H.90 × L.150 × P.60 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Mirror Mirror

YMER&MALTA / Sebastian Bergne

Since time immemorial, the mirror has been the object through which we appreciate beauty. Its power is almost invisible. The assembly of two suspended elements, one made from luxurious leather, the other a clear, penetrating mirror, results in a precious, sculptural object. Its incredible presence reminds us of the beauty of the mirror itself, as much as that of the reflection.

Metal structure, mirror, leather
Pearl grey or dark brown
H.70 × D.70 × P.70 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Victory

YMER&MALTA / Silvain Rieu-Piquet

The four Victory seats are like minimalist sculptures.
Their extreme simplicity hides their cutting-edge design.
The leather moulds itself to the voluminous, organic shapes that are redolent of the masculine sensuality of the boxing glove.
The wide lace stitching adds a finishing touch of the utmost elegance.

Calfskin
XL : L.160 x H.37,5 x l.42.5 cm
M : L. 76.5 x H. 40.5 x l. 47 cm
S : L. 40.5 x H. 50.5 x l. 37.5 cm
“Round” : D.92 x H.38 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Blister

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

The “Blister” bench is a contemporary update of the padded leather classic. A simple folded surface. The leather fits on to a frame formed from a diamond-shaped pattern with a vacuum-packed effect.
The frame changes and opens up to the light nearer the bottom, the result is an object that seems to be hardly touching the ground.

Folded metal structure, calfskin
Black, chocolate brown and pearl grey
L.186 x H.45 x l.50 cm
Edition limited to 12 pieces in each colour

Tatou

YMER&MALTA / A+A Cooren

A charming domesticated chimera that changes according to the skins used. The shell is made from one piece of leather, chosen to evoke the animal’s own life experience. The Tatou reminds us that languor is a sign of longevity.

Bull calfskin, aluminium, wood
L.71,5x H.34
Limited edition of 12 pieces

MORNING MIST COLLECTION

Morning Mist, a collection developed exclusively with Benjamin Graindorge, essentially proposes new shapes and thoughts on the theme of light, the ultimate emotional material. Through this ode to light, Morning Mist proposes an alteration of reality, or perhaps attempts to reveal the essence of the real.

AsphericalSkyLight

YMER&MALTA/ Benjamin Graindorge

The asphericalSkylight lamp appears at first as a very simple, even basic piece through its minimalist construction. Once lit, a window on the sky opens up and attracts our gaze to the point of hypnosis, the light absorbs us. Everything seems to slide over the surface until we doubt the existence of the object.

Whitened oak and LED
H.60 × L.133 × P.23 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

BetweenShadows

YMER&MALTA/ Benjamin Graindorge

The betweenShadows are alcoves for dreaming, covered in a layer of porcelain bisque, they bring us to an in-between place between the sacred and the profane; where shadow comes from light, where they reveal themselves to one another. A place where fire comes to life. The light is not just a shimmer, it is also calm and profound. I love to think that this shadow-object illuminates our inner life – the space that is too fragile to take too much brightness. An object to illuminate our inner world – a space too fragile for bright lights.

Porcelain bisque
L: L.25,3 x l.28 x H.55 cm
S: L.34 x l.26 x H.38,3 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

CristalCane

YMER&MALTA/ Benjamin Graindorge

cristalCanes are living beings.
Their glass skeletons carry the very essence of light with grace and elegance. The density of the glass skulls, made using three different methods contrasts with the fine delicateness of the limbs.
A silhouette of technological abstraction, they confide their strange poetry.

Blown glass, manufactured by the CERFAV
White or black
L: L.76,5 x l.75 x H.166 cm
S: L.63,5 x l.33 x H.50,6 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour and per size

Acquired by the
CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques)

FallenTree

YMER&MALTA/ Benjamin Graindorge

A sincere, organic piece of poetry, “FallenTree” is a unique object with its singular shape and the natural presence of oak branches. In order to better evoke the lack of gravity, the base is made from highly technical optical glass, the perfect transparency gives the dreamlike illusion of a slight imbalance.

Sculpted oak and borosilicate glass base
Finish in natural solid oak
L.110 x l.273 x H.120 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

DoveTail

YMER&MALTA/ Benjamin Graindorge

The DoveTail basket is a miniature evocation of the FallenTree where brute force is replaced by the fragility that is as much a part of the tree.

Sculpted oak
L.50 x l.75 x H.28 cm
Numbered limited edition

HiddenSkin

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

We find the very essence of material treated in a radically different way with the hiddenSkin bench, where leather and wood are brought together to bring out the feel of their hyper-materiality in an impeccable geometric, compact shape that demands to be touched.

Black leather, black tinted oak (satin finish), whitened Douglas pine (sanded finish) and natural oak (matt finish)
H.28 × L.52 × P.41 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

IkebanaMedulla

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The ikebanaMedulla vase takes us to a sensitive and poetic territory, imbued with a wild but controlled nature. It gives off an impression of intense serenity when it reveals itself in its starkness, the vase and its function are one. It blends in with the living matter.

ABS lacquered with ultra-matt paint – tin base.
H.76 × L.38 × P.27 cm
Limited edition of 05 pieces

Acquired by the
Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris

Mirage

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

A delicate cloud motif crosses over the mirrors and creates the illusion of a dawn mist.
The Mirage mirrors conjugate high level craftsmanship with pure poetry.
Made using a serigraphy technique, the illusion is perfect and gives one the impression of emerging from the clouds, of flying.

Three serigraphed mirrors
L: H.200 x L.100 cm
M: H.150 x L.70 cm
S: H.90 x L.160 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

MorningMist

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The MorningMist lamp is like an apparition. Like a chimera, it moves delicately and spreads a light that wraps around one like the dew of the morning. The glass beads come in 12 shades, they seem to shelter our dreams, we give in totally.

Extra-white glass bead, base in shiny white lacquered steel
12 unique “morning mist” colours
H.30 x L.50 x l.20 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Acquired by the
Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez and by the
CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques)

StillLifePoiêsis

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

A wild structure between the nervous system, a motorbike’s carburettor and the branch of a tree, the StillLife poëisis vase is the perfect illustration of the YMER&MALTA approach that associates a material with a craft.

Vase: blown borosilicate.
Structure: polished bronze
Ebony wood
H.59,6 x L.109,8 x l.35,8 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Acquired by the
Musée Le Quadrilatère in Beauvais

FEATHER LIGHT MARBLE COLLECTION

Feather Light Marble expresses the inconceivable, creating light objects made from marble.
Marble is ultra-resistant and, as a result, was slimmed down to the extreme. Airy, sensual, light, delicate, it loses nothing of its density. Feather Light Marble proposes stark lines that surprise and move us.
A new poetic reality emanates from the pieces.

SmallLivingLand

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

SmallLivingLand brings the feeling of marble as a living matter to life through the prism of a minimalist Japanese garden, a microscopic representation of a life space – a rocky haven that shelters a fragment of nature.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
H.4,5 × L.41 × P.24,5 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

StillQuietPlane

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The stillQuietplane shelf rises like a cloud in the sky.
The marble, without its weight, is as if lifted up by a mysterious levitational force. The stillQuietplane shelves seem to float in space, gravity-free. When lit, they seem to have wings.

White Carrara marble or black Marquina marble
H.200 × L.300 × P.20 cm (ensemble)
Limited edition of 3 pieces per colour
H.200 × L.100 × P.20 cm (medium)
Limited edition of 5 pieces per colour
H.50 × L.100 × P.16,5 cm (small)
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

SweetHorizon

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

SweetHorizon is a 3D sketch, a piece of research into the limits of the thinness a piece of marble can attain. The lightness achieved when the marble is down to almost nothing makes it as transparent as veined skin as the fleshy marble becomes a sensual matter.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
H.5,5 × L.60 × D.24,7 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Anneaux

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

The Anneau cup is made from a very flat V profile that turns to form a circle. As thin as the marble will allow, the thickness diminishes to only a few millimetres at the edge. It seems to float as if suspended over the table. The impression of lightness that it gives is surprising.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
L: H.2,7 × D.60 cm
S: H.2,7 × D.40 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour and size

Vacuum

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Cut from a black of marble, Vacuum plays with the limits of the material’s resistance for a stark, graphic effect, a precise lace in hard stone.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
H.5 × D.50 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Acquired by the
CNAP (Centre Nationale des Arts Plastiques)

Orbit

YMER&MALTA / A+A Cooren

The “Orbit” light can be set to a number of positions, thanks to the balance it pulls off with its centre of gravity, the light can be oblique, or more vertical.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
G: H.33 × D.30 cm
M: H.27,5 × D.25 cm
S: H.22 × D.20 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Void

YMER&MALTA / A+A Cooren

The Void stool invites us on a journey to the centre of material.
A perfect convolution in marble that wraps around the void, skirting around it, to reveal a sculptural seat.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
H.33 × L.52 × P.25,5 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Acquired by the
CNAP (Centre Nationale des Arts Plastiques)

Clé

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

The architecture of the minimum. The perfect compromise between the mass of matter used and the economy of means used to make it.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
H.50 × L.31 × P.42,3 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Disamare

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Slimming down to the absolute limit, relying on the endurance of the block. A daring attempt to make marble float on a wall. Three shelves that create the illusion of a curved marble plaque.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
L: H.34 × L.120; P.20 cm
M: H.26 × L.90 × P.20 cm
S: H.18 × L.60 × P.20 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Acquired by the
CNAP (Centre Nationale des Arts Plastiques)

Bone

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Convoking the timeless, aspiring to meditations, the Bone uses archetypes, half-way between the Asian neck-support and the Japanese torii. This simply designed seat hides the complexity of its structure.

Black Belgian marble, white Carrara marble or veined Arabesco marble,
Base in natural oak
H.30,5 × L.53,5 × P.23 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Flap

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

The endurance of the block. This lamp speaks of an object, the precious nature of which comes from the memory of the block from which it was extracted. The marble functions as a reflector, a shade and the basic structure of the lamp, in one geometric piece.

White Carrara marble or black Marquina marble
H.34 × L.50 × P.20 cm
Edition limited to 12 pieces per colour

ILLUSIONS COLLECTION

Illusions is comprised of four pieces the subtlety of which is not necessarily visible at first glance. Illusions acts like a sensorial and cognitive stimulus in the way it plays with optics, materials and perspectives that propose a new reality to the spectator.

Stoco

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Ambiguity and illusions reign.
Stoco is made from three modules that could be used as coffee tables or stools. Stoco is more of a useful sculpture: the modules are all the more functional as each trunk has been emptied out so they are easy to move around.

Oak, sculpted and burnt
L.80 x P. 90 x H.45 cm (together)
Edition limited to 12 pieces

Basalt

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Form, function and weight play with our senses.
Basalt is made from five modules that can be used as stools or small coffee tables.
Basalt is more of a useful sculpture: the modules are all the more functional as each trunk has been emptied out so they are easy to move around.

Sculpted and burnt oak or natural oak
L.134 x P. 97 x H.40 cm (together)
Edition limited to 12 pieces per colour

Fold

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Fold is a mirror that doesn’t exactly fulfil its expected function to objectively reflect what it sees. In fact, it is made from a sheet of folded, polished inox and multiplies reflections, giving a relative and multiple vision of reality. It allows both illusions and light to be diffracted.

Polished, folded steel
H.60 × L.100 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Stripes

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

The Stripes is a large, open cabinet. All four sides are made from diagonal strips of wood. Depending on the angle, the piece can be transparent or opaque, leaving the contents visible. A real play on shadow and light, giving a relative, changeable vision of reality…

Solid oak, dyed black
H.187 × L.85 × P.51 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Acquired by the
Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris

À L’ORIGINE COLLECTION

These pieces designed exclusively with Cédric Ragot tells the story of the beginning of YMER& MALTA.

This collection was born from a vision of creative virtuosity connecting with industrial reality. A l’origine has a dreamlike, sensitive dimension that transcends the function of the object. Its purity and originality make it a strong, memorable collection on the border with contemporary art.

13 000 Volts

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

13 000 Volts draws the contours of the human brain and invites us on a light-filled journey to the centre of our emotions. The shape is sculptural, 13 000 Volts transforms light into matter and pays homage to the intelligence that lights up humanity.

Neon tubes
Black base, red light
H.50 × L.36,5 × P.25 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Amibes

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Like a parasite, a mutant organism, the revenge of the living on industry.

Fibre glass and polyester resin. Lacquered and varnished
L: H.80 × L.61 × P.64 cm
S: H.53 × L.46 × P.46 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Bolean

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

The Bolean vase is based on a constructive principle, material removal, mechanical micro-architecture.

Corian©
H.22,8 × L.60 × P.9,8 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Bone Ductal©

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Bone Ductal© is a step up from marble on the evolutionary scale.
Convoking the timeless, aspiring to meditation, the Bone uses archetypes, half-way between an Asian neck-support and a Japanese torii. This simply designed seat hides the complexity of its structure.

Ductal© fibre concrete and oak
Light grey, dark grey and off-white
H.30,5 × L.53,5 × P.28,8 cm
Limited edition of 50 pieces per colour

Compose-it

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Between pictorial art and ikebana, the Compose-It vase scrambles our perception and invites each of us to create our own masterpiece.

Porcelain vase and steel structure lacquered in polyurethane paint
White, anthracite and pink
H.60 × L.45 × D.22 cm
Limited edition of 50 pieces per colour

Darwin

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

The Darwin series of precious vases made from bronze tell us the story of the living in three stages of evolution, from cellular division to full growth.

Polished bronze, lead glazed
L: H.39 × L.129 × D.24 cm
M: H.27 × L.25 × D.25 cm
S: H.14 × L.8 × D.22,7 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Fast

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

The archetype of a Ming vase frozen in digital acceleration.

Corian©
“Glacier” white and “Nocturne” black
H.35 × L.30 cm
Limited edition of 25 pieces in black and 50 pieces in white

Hyper Fast

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

The archetype of a Ming vase frozen in digital acceleration. The chrome lacquer adds an extra touch of speed.

Lacquered Corian
Chrome, ruby, gold and pink chrome
H.35 × L.30 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Gravity 0

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Freed from the yoke of gravity, experience levitation, overcome by the void… something weighs us and the fascination with balance frees us.

Aluminium frame – CP aviation structure – Wood type can be chosen on request, ultra matt varnish – LEDS
H.9 × L.106 × P.4,5 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

La Chose

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

La chose is the daring mutation of an animal gene into a contemporary seat.

Fibre glass and polyester resin, lacquered and varnished
Chrome, ruby and gold chrome
H.43 × L.36,6 × P.50,3 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Rhizome

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Composed of three plateaux that branch out from a convivial core, projecting into space, the Rhizome table is a spatial sculpture with biometric shapes, whose geometry is spectacular and dynamic.

Fibre glass and polyester lacquered with grey polyurethane paint then vanished
H.52 × L.200 × P.95 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Flèche

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

The polymorphous structure of the Flèche table is imposing.
This figurative sculpture made from two connected boards, frees up an ascending energy.

Plateau in “Glacier White” Corian, structure in American walnut plywood
H.40 × L.54 × P.35 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

DESSINS COLLECTION

The series Tuberose Absolute is the result of a slow, progressive and patient improvisation. In terms of method, the drawings are defined by an absence of planning, the exclusion of any mental view of the finished product. “As they are being drawn, my eyes focus on one little surface at a time, exploring the evolution of the trace, without retreating, nor presuming to know the whole. I refuse any preliminary composition: when finished, the drawing becomes a graphic material in expansion.”
Sylvain Rieu-Piquet

Absolu Tuberose 01

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.210 × L.300cm

Absolu Tuberose 02

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.185 × L.185cm

Absolu Tuberose 03

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.270 × L.150cm

Absolu Tuberose 04

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.150 × L.150cm

Absolu Tuberose 05

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.150 × L.150cm

Absolu Tuberose 06

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.152 × L.92cm

Absolu Tuberose 07

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Dyptyque

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.152 × L.92cm (Chaque tableau)

Absolu Tuberose 08

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.152 × L.92cm

Absolu Tuberose 09

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Absolu Tuberose 10

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.80 × L.50cm

Absolu Tuberose 11

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Absolu Tuberose 12

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Absolu Tuberose 13

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
D.90cm

Absolu Tuberose 14

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
D.150cm

Absolu Tuberose 15

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
D.150cm

Absolu Tuberose 16

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
D.150cm

Eau 01

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.150 × L.200cm

Eau 02

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Eau 03

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Eau 04

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Relief 01

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.90 × L.120cm

Relief 02

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.90 × L.120cm

EXHIBITIONS

OUI DESIGN

Valérie Maltaverne, artistic director at YMER&MALTA, gave a presentation at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum on the studio’s philosophy and process and presented the latest collection Feu de tout bois: marquetry revisited.

HABITER

Benjamin Graindorge’s first solo show in a cultural institution, “Habiter” presents fifteen pieces produced by YMER&MALTA, between 2009 and 2016, including two new pieces that are being shown for the first time and that will be acquired by the city of Beauvais for its collection.

MARQUETRY : SLEEPING BEAUTY

YMER&MALTA

Paris/ France

2014

After giving marble and leather a certain contemporary nobility, YMER&MALTA and its team of designers turned to a technique that is part of the grand tradition of French craftsmanship, marquetry.

Yet again, Valérie Maltaverne played the expert role of producer by choosing the artisans – carpenters, cabinet-makers, marketers, varnishers – as well as the types of wood and varnish to suit each project. The dialogue between the designers and the artisans was one of the keys to the success of this unique enterprise due to the extreme complexity of the subject.

Nevertheless, it is not a question of creating or recreating 18th century masterpieces, and just creating contemporary motifs in marquetry, but to really take a new and appropriate path toward a form of craftsmanship and expression that has been reduced to copies of antiques or restoration work. Throughout the long, drawn-out process, the way solutions were found led to the essence of what YMER&MALTA is all about, a human and technical adventure to create timeless pieces with a strong identity that respect the truth of the material and craft with impeccable results.

HISTOIRE D’ARBRES/ TREE STORIES

MUSEE D’ART ET D’HISTOIRE LOUIS SENLECQ

Forêt de L’Isle-Adam/ France

2012

The forest is a common dream space, but above all it is a space that is managed, and its history is thus intricately intertwined with its relationship with man. Located on the edge of the forest at L’Isle-Adam, the musée d’Art et d’Histoire Louis Senlecq wanted to question the forest’s ecological, economic, social and metaphorical functions, from the perspective of representation and use.

The forest is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, and in particular the human activities that take place there that are evoked in the paintings and engravings in the museum’s collections. The exhibition also presents paintings borrowed from some of France’s biggest public collections: musée d’Orsay, château de Versailles, musée des Beaux-arts de Rouen, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Archives nationales de France.

Contemporary design is centre stage with pieces by Eva Jospin, YMER&MALTA/Benjamin Graindorge, Frédérique Morrel and paintings by Arthur Aillaud, that reveal their fascination for the woodlands and the ambiguity of man’s relationship with the forest.

SKIN DEEP

YMER&MALTA

Paris / France

2012

À Fleur de Peau was the third exhibition presented by YMER&MALTA in 2012. Yet again, only one material was used, just like in the “Marbre Poids Plume” show, and Valérie Maltaverne gave free rein to five designers to come up with brave, poetic and inspired pieces. “I wanted to give the designers a free creative space that only one gallery provides”. So, there are no constraints, just the never-ending search for the perfect line and the use of leather as principal material.

Leather is an integral part of the “art de vivre”, a natural but luxurious material. It can be a symbol of strength and power but is also soft and sensual. It can be firm or silky to the touch, with a unique fragrance, a presence. Leather wears well over time, wrinkles, gains character. “I wanted a material that everyone agrees on. A material that is familiar but that presents the designers with some interesting perspectives” explains Valérie Maltaverne.

Through a series of objects and pieces of furniture, the designers A + A Cooren, Benjamin Graindorge, Sebastian Bergne, Normal Studio and Sylvain Rieu-Piquet give us their own interpretation of leather. Playing on feelings and contrasts in textures, colours, grains, but also flexible and hard, they explored the options available from leather as a material.

MORNING MIST

YMER&MALTA

Paris/ France

2011

MorningMist was the first exclusive show of work by the tandem of Valérie Maltaverne and the French designer Benjamin Graindorge at YMER&MALTA.

Following YMER&MALTA’s usual “modus operandi”, Valérie Maltaverne gave each piece in the show to the expert hands of a master craftsman. For each piece, there were technical challenges, and a need to maintain the level of excellence without betraying the intention of the designer. The challenge was met with brio and rewarded with the addition of a number of pieces in the collection to public collections as prestigious as the Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the CNAP.

FEATHER LIGHT MARBLE

YMER&MALTA

Paris / France

2010

Feather Light Marble is the first of YMER&MALTA’s shows, presented in 2010.

The show incarnates the founding values of YMER&MALTA studio – innovation, elegance, timelessness – as well as being a veritable design manifesto. The founder Valérie Maltaverne brought together the best of the best in young French design to bring a contemporary perspective to marble as a material. The nobility of marble is uncontested, it was celebrated in ancient Greece before becoming the ornament of choice of majestic palaces. From Egyptian offering tables to consoles and small pedestals, the material lost some of its lustre in the 20th century.

Feather Light Marble uses the best artisans in marble, but also the most advanced digital technology. This leads to soft, light curves, undulating hard stone that does away with the usual clichés.

Acquisitions

CloudInChest

The cloudInChest chest by YMER&MALTA/Benjamin Graindorge was unanimously chosen by the Cercle du Design 20/21 des Arts Décoratifs to become part of the permanent collections at the Musée des Arts décoratifs de Paris.

The CloudInChest chest is part of the “Marquetry : Sleeping Beauty” collection. This cabinet suspended on a base in the shape of a pixelized cloud made from wood marquetry is a poetic combination of modernity and tradition. With this piece the cabinet-maker had to face one of the most challenging tasks of his career, as the marquetry on the piece was made up of almost three thousand pieces of sixteen different types of wood, that covered a faceted shape in the form of a diamond. In order to highlight the cloud motif, we came up with a wooden stand that looks like a fence on which the cloud hangs, as if in the moonlight on a dark night.

MorningMist

INSTITUT CULTUREL BERNARD MAGREZ

Bordeaux / France

MorningMist was the first exclusive show of work by the tandem of Valérie Maltaverne and the French designer Benjamin Graindorge at YMER&MALTA.

Following YMER&MALTA’s usual “modus operandi”, Valérie Maltaverne gave each piece in the show to the expert hands of a master craftsman. For each piece, there were technical challenges, and a need to maintain the level of excellence without betraying the intention of the designer. The challenge was met with brio and rewarded with the addition of a number of pieces in the collection to public collections as prestigious as the Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the CNAP.

StillLifePoiêsis

VILLE DE BEAUVAIS

Beauvais/ France

The StillLifePoiêsis vase sculpture by YMER&MALTA/Benjamin Graindorge was made for the Habiter show in January 2016. A wild structure between the nervous system, a motorbike’s carburettor and the branch of a tree, the StillLife poëisis vase is the perfect illustration of the YMER&MALTA approach that associates a material with a craft.

This ambitious project was created by Benjamin Graindorge in the YMER&MALTA design studio, and is the result of a veritable choreography of craftsmanship. Eight separate crafts were involved in the making: from the digital printer to the foundry, from the wood turner to the glass blower, an exceptional approach to each craft was the only requirement.

This extraordinary vase is composed of three elements.
First of all, the glass used is borosilicate, chosen for its extreme purity and unique transparency.
Then, cast-iron and ebony is used to make the branches providing resistance, stability and density that steady the piece as a whole.

IkebanaMedulla

Inspired by the great Japanese tradition of flower arranging, IkebanaMedulla is first and foremost a sculpture, that becomes a vase when flowers are added.

IkebanaMedulla was created in 2010 and was one of the first design pieces to use 3D printing.

IkebanaMedulla is mentioned in “L’Art du Design”, a book by Dominique Forest, Citadelles & Mazenod 2014.

CristalCane

A piece inspired by the poetry of the dawn, cristalCane is the essence of balance.
The delicate base is made from transparent neon tubes that support the rich, light-filled bulb, blown and shaped by hand at the CERFAV workshops (Centre Européen de recherche et de formation aux Arts Verriers).

This piece was made thanks to the collaboration of three separate craft workshops.

CristalCane was part of the morningMist show/ collection by Benjamin Graindorge, that took place at the YMER&MALTA gallery in 2011.

It was exhibited in 2016 at the Musée national de la tapisserie in Beauvais as part of the “Habiter” show.

MorningMist

Inspired by the soft reflections of the dew that forms in the early hours, each of the 12 morningMist pieces is unique in shape and colour.

The flagship piece in Benjamin Graindorge’s eponymous show that took place at the YMER&MALTA gallery in 2011, morningMist is a light-filled sculpture made from beads of blown glass from the CERFAV workshop (Centre Européen de recherche et de formation aux Arts Verriers).

MorningMist was shown in 2011 at Design Parade, the Festival International de Design, Villa Noailles in Hyères and in 2016 at the Musée national de la tapisserie in Beauvais as part of the “Habiter” exhibition.

MorningMist is also present in the design collection at the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez in Bordeaux.

Disamare

Created by YMER&MALTA/Cédric Ragot for the Marbre Poids Plume show in Paris, the willowy curves of the Disamare shelves are a veritable technical miracle. They are cut from a block of Carrara marble (or black Marquina marble for the black version), and they truly play with the limits of the material’s resistance. The three shelves have different sizes and the piece works as an installation, evoking propellers or birds in flight.

Vacuum

CNAP (CENTRE NATIONALE DES ARTS PLASTIQUES)

Paris/ France

Created by YMER&MALTA/Normal Studio for the Marbre Poids Plume show in Paris, the refined curves of Vacuum are a veritable technical miracle. They are cut from a block of Carrara marble (or black Marquina marble for the black version), and truly play with the limits of the material’s resistance. The result is stark, graphic, precise lacework in hard stone.

Void

Created by YMER&MALTA/A+A Cooren for the Marbre Poids Plume show in Paris, the Void stool combines comfort with technical prowess. A+A Cooren designed the Void stools as a journey to the centre of material. The structure of the material is emptied out to the outer edges, with no alteration, the resulting feeling of lightness is both physical and visual.

Stripes

Stripes is part of the Illusions collection by YMER&MALTA/Normal Studio. The piece is made entirely of solid wood dyed Napoleon III black, and plays with perspectives, and on the mystery, that comes from the alternating veiling and unveiling.

The graphic lines and precise design are typical of the Normal Studio style. Stripes was acquired after the retrospective show of Normal Studio’s work that was held in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 2010.

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