the surreal bedroom AD intérieurs 2017 exhibition is hosted at the monnaie de paris in france and focuses on materials and savoir-faire, with ten designers invited to create a living space characterized by a specific idea. for maurizio galante and tal lancman’s bedroom, the duo have chosen to work with textile. the space arouses an intensely surreal dreamscape. entirely covered with floor-to-ceiling carpet produced by tai ping in a red onyx motif, like rorschach ink blots in a multitude of reds — cherry, strawberry, wine, mauve, and coral hues. the immersive repeated motif results in kaleidoscopic effect, further emphasized by a chaotic play of reflections in the mirror-polished surfaces of the ‘gaga’ cabinet, which is covered in staggered stainless-steel discs.

‘cat in the box’ armchair and stools, ‘red waves’ coffee table design, ‘onyx test de rorschach’ wall-to-ceiling carpet
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a red king-size canopy bed featuring haute couture mille-feuille curtains, and a silk textile mural sculpture entitled ‘soft architecture n3’, are made at maurizio galante and tal lancman‘s atelier by the same team that produces the haute couture fashion creations. ‘red waves’ coffee table captures the room’s organic essence, and the folding and swirling of the mural’s silky fabric sculpture. these wavy motifs are interpreted in metal strips, with a deep red mirror finish. the furry ‘cat in the box’ armchair and stools are dotted with big glass eyes, invoking a vision of cats staring up from the depths of a dark box. yet these are benevolent gazes, accompanying us with their friendly presence, like charms against evil spirits. the ‘flower power’ ceramic vases are found in various heights and shades of red, from coral to terracotta, are entirely covered with tentacles, each of which ends with a tiny eye.

‘tiger light’ design and ‘two roses’ painting
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the designers have invited their friends, neon artists mirko cannizzaro and tatiana di raimo, to contribute to the surreal space with their interpretation of an image selected from an early 16th century flemish tapestry. the 3.4 m x 3.25 m artwork titled ‘lion and unicorn’, represents a symbolic union between the real and the unreal. ‘tiger light’ is the fruit of maurizio galante and tal lancman’s collaboration with their friend frédéric zeltner. two bedside lights, one suspended, the other positioned on a massive wooden stand, are both molded from an altaica tigris tiger skull, and belong to a series of objects designed by the duo in the past, in line with their long-time commitment to the protection of wildlife in danger of extinction.

‘hommes de dos’ paintings, cement on wood
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a couple of works by dorothee selz, titled ‘homme du dos’, depict small nudes, peeking through a voluminously contoured sugary cake decoration. renoir’s painting ‘two roses’ is loaned by helene bailly gallery, and reflects the spirit of a couple. while one of the roses’ hue matches and blends into the bedroom’s color scheme, its counterpart, the yellow rose provides the only color spot in the room that shines independently, like the bright flickering spot of a lighthouse, providing a single note of difference that signs the design.

‘tiger light’ design
image © interware

‘lion & unicorne’ neon art
image © marie desmarquest

‘gaga’ stainless-steel cabinet design
image © marie desmarquest

‘flower power’ vases design
image © marie desmarquest

‘soft architecture N3’ silk fabric mural sculpture
image © marie desmarquest

baldaquin haute couture bed design
image © marie desmarquest



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