Paris / France
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.