The remarkable artist Eric Schmitt gave Covet Foundation the opportunity for an exclusive interview and here we are to share his artistic vision on his craftsmanship.
Craftsmanship: “New Corner side table” (2017). “A piece of furniture needs to exude silence so it can be loved for a long time”, says Eric Schmitt, who prefers expression rather than exposing himself. Photo: ©Ralph Pucci International
Craftsmanship: “Embedded side table” (2017). He started as a self-taught artist and artisan who created alone all his first pieces with skill and dedication. Photo: ©Eric Schmitt
Craftsmanship: “U coffee table” (2017). Schmitt always tries to balance his pieces’ ornaments, creating tables and consoles in folded bronze or associated with materials which contrast with the rigidity of the metal. His aesthetic is also marked by curved shapes. Photo: ©Eric Schmitt
When asked what was his favorite art piece from all the ones he had the chance to create so far, Eric had no doubts: “It is definitely the “Jarre table”. It has a modernity drawn from the past that makes it fit anywhere. I have one at home, and it has been in the kitchen, in the hall, outside in the garden. As it is made of bronze and marble it is not easy to move, but this piece immediately gives the place a calm and peaceful atmosphere.”
Craftsmanship: “Jarre Table” (2002). The arch of a marble cabinet or the silhouette of a “Jarre” table which seem to be there for all eternity evoke his childhood spent in Poitou of the Romanesque churches. Photo: ©Dutko Gallery
Craftsmanship: “Rocwood dining table” (2017). Photo: ©Eric Schmitt
Craftsmanship: “Pie Bench” (2018). Photo: ©Eric Schmitt
Talking about new projects, Eric revealed: “I am working on a project for the Royal Manufacture of Sèvres . I am designing a collection of lighting and side tables in porcelain. I am also working for another Royal Manufacture “The Gobelin” on a project of tapestry. It is very exciting to be able to use this incredible know how to work with the different workshops of these very old manufactures. I also just finished a collection of rugs and fabrics for Perrenials.”
“Antana” for Christian Liaigre. Photo: ©Eric Schmitt
“Padirac floor lamp” (2018). Photo: ©Carwan Gallery
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“Stalactite Lamp” (2017). Photo: ©Galerie du Passage
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