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Eric Schmitt started as a self-taught artist and artisan who created alone all his first pieces with skill and dedication: his urban, barbarian and rock’ n roll period was punctuated by the piercing beat of his sledgehammer creating contemporary design masterpieces.
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.
“A piece of furniture needs to exude silence so it can be loved for a long time”, says Eric, who prefers expression rather than exposing himself. This contemporary design artist hates to reveal himself, so he lets his soul communicate through his art pieces.
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.
In his workshop, at the edge of the Fontainebleau forest, contemporary designs are born inspired by organic forms and symbolic nature, light and density, the past and the future. This artist’s pieces are almost indestructible, relics of a civilization still to be invented which exhibited the finest craftsmanship.
His sketch becomes a technical drawing and model before being entrusted to the best craftsmen, metalworkers, glassmakers and marble workers. In the end, the piece is patinated and assembled. Eric Schmitt‘s art is in perpetual evolution.
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