The art of living

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Pierre Charpin's pieces on display in a home in Southern France.

Pierre Charpin’s pieces on display in a home in Southern France. Image: Philippe Savoir

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The Vitra apartment in Germany.

The Vitra apartment in Germany. Image: Felix Odell

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Everything inside the German apartment can be bought.

Everything inside the German apartment can be bought. Image: Felix Odell

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The space has been created by Ilse Crawford of Studioilse.

The space has been created by Ilse Crawford of Studioilse. Image: Felix Odell

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Fashion designers, furniture makers and artists are moving away from storefronts and catwalks this season and are showing their products in private apartments instead.

Wallpaper* magazine reported recently that fashion designer Arthur Arbesser chose a Milan, Italy, apartment in which to show his latest collection (the clothes were displayed amongst the furniture in the stylish flat) while, in Pittsburgh, USA, Thorsten Brinkmann took over a nondescript, almost dilapidated house and filled it with his photographs, sculpture and custom-made wallpaper.

But we’re most interested in two current furniture exhibitions. An apartment owned by Jean-Marc Drut (who works as head of European production at Comme des Garçons) in Le Corbusier’s renowned Cité Radieuse building in Marseille, France, is opened up to the public twice a year; visitors are lucky enough not only to peek inside an iconic piece of French mid-century architecture but also to see an exhibition. In July, furniture designer Pierre Charpin opened a display of his tables, stools, artworks and homewares created for Ligne Roset, Galerie Kreo and Cirva in the interior space.

In Weil am Rhein, Germany, a loft apartment is currently home to two very chic but imaginary dwellers. The home has been created by Ilse Crawford of Studioilse (a British interior architect and design firm) to showcase products by Artek (the Finnish furniture company) and Switzerland’s Vitra and is drop-dead gorgeous. Everything in the apartment can be bought. It’s open to the public until the end of 2014.


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