Savoir Faire Savoir

From June 26 to August 18, Galerie des Galeries will present Savoir Faire Savoir, a new exhibition that takes you on a creative journey to discovery of the applied art atelier of La Maîtrise, an internal furniture publishing house at Galeries Lafayette. Historical archives and contemporary creations interact in a dynamic of modernity and weave links between pattern and object, heritage and contemporary, art and utility.

Founded in 1922 and directed by Maurice Dufrêne, the applied art atelier of La Maîtrise designed a large collection of modern furniture for the department store from which the first creations by Charlotte Perriand, Serge Mouille and the Adnet brothers were created. “Practical works of irreproachable taste, responding to the public’s favour, as well as to the current needs of life” are daily produced and illustrate the creative spirit of French artists. These works highlight a national expertise of French manufacturers, whose shields still adorn the pillars of the dome of the Haussmann department store today.

Dedicated to the foliage motifs, the first part of the Savoir Faire Savoir project revisits the creative process of La Maîtrise through a programme of artistic commissions made to artists, creators, contemporary designers in collaboration with artisans and living heritage companies.

WE DO NOT WORK ALONE produces a collection of everyday objects created by artists Florentine et Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize , Benoît MairePascale Marthine Tayou and Marion Verboom. Offered for sale, these creations, which testify to exceptional know-how, reflect our times and reveal our environment, lifestyle and social ties while perpetuating the tradition of a certain way of life or “art de vivre”.

Based on the foliage motifs of La Maîtrise, the students of the Duperré School have been invited to imagine contemporary designs for exceptional items as well as decorative and architectural features that characterize the department store.

Objects produced by French craftsmen and living heritage companies: Faïencerie GeorgesSociété d’Impression sur Etoffes du Grand Lemps(S.I.E.G.L.,Fermob Gilles Tarvenier – ferronnerie d’artHM Bois DesignAndésite et Yann Debuiche. Motifs made by Ecole Duperré and Marine Bedouin, Graphic Designer. Design by NOCOD. In collaboration with Bildung.

Galerie des Galeries
Cultural space at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
1st floor – Main Store
40 boulevard Haussmann 75009 Paris
+33 1 42 82 81 98
Free entry
From Wednesday to Monday, 11am to 7pm