ArtsArenaPLUS: Les Décorateurs des années 60-70

Guy Bloch-Champfort: Talk and book signing

22 September 2016 | 19:00 – 21:30

Location: the author's home, Paris

The 1960s and 1970s are a turning point in the history of decoration. The invention of plastics and other new materials, combined with the mix of Scandinavian, French, Italian and Anglo-American taste opened new ways to decorate interiors.  It is an exceptionally rich period in design and decoration, marked by a renewal of materials and forms, and, like no other period before it, made contemporary creations coexist with pieces from the past, a mixture of epochs and influences.  Written by Guy Bloch-Champfort and art historian Patrick Favardin, Les Décorateurs des années 60-70 (Decorators of the 60s-70s) presents 35 decorators and their major works, representing this key period that saw the emergence of the psychedelic movement, Pop Art, and postmodernism.

Guy Bloch-Champfort will receive ArtsArenaPLUS members in his home to talk about this period in design and decoration. The book will be available in both French and English.

A journalist and a specialist on the work of his close friend, the great American artist Joan Mitchell, Mr. Bloch-Champfort was for many years General Counsel of Christian Dior, then Advisor to the President of Céline.  He has written for numerous French and international magazines, including Connaissance des Arts, Maison Française, Citizen K, AD France, AD Italie, AD Allemagne, Casa Vogue, Modern.  The executor of Joan Mitchell’s estate, he handled the inventory of her work for the French state; he also organized the exhibition “Joan Mitchell, The Sketchbook Drawings” and made a video about the artist.

Ranging from great master paintings and drawings to contemporary creation, Mr. Bloch-Champfort’s publications include:  Raphaël, Décorateur (2002), Jacques Quinet (2008), Dora El Chiaty (2015), Joan Mitchell, The Sketchbook Drawings (2015),  Les Décorateurs des années 60-70  and Decorators of the 60s-70s (2015/2016) with Patrick Favardin.  He is currently working on a new publication, Les Décorateurs des années 80-90, while serving as a consultant on interior architecture and design with Francisco Torres Studio, Lisbon.

This is an ArtsArenaPLUS members-only event.