Garnier & Linker
Guillaume Garnier and Florent Linker are two French creators based in Paris. They aim at giving a contemporary design to rare materials and savoir-faire. All pieces are handmade unique or limited editions by French master craftsmen. As designers, they get their inspiration from decorative arts and sculpture, to create pure-shaped forms revealing their materiality. With their background in interior design, they conceive functional objects that meet contemporary interiors of enlightened collectors who seek art and design collectibles with a soul.They have created two singular collections for Spazio Nobile in Brussels, one is the Parisis lamps in plaster and alabaster and, another one is the molten glass Diatomée Sculpted Vases which appear like diatoms that are single-celled algae that live in houses made of glass. Inspired by these light-absorbing molecules which are the only organism on the planet with cell walls composed of transparent, opaline silica, they are ornamented by intricate and striking patterns of silica. On earth, diatoms are bringing us up to 50% of our oxygen and also feed the oceans, lakes and rivers. Garnier & Linker have experimented this fascinating lost-wax casting technique mastered by French glass maker Olivier Fonderflick with 12 crystal colors: light blue, light pink, light green, clear transparent, violine grey, purple, lime, citrin, electric blue, dark grey, nearly black and cognac/ amber. Since 2020, Spazio Nobile has initiated artistic collaborations and projects with floral artists around Diatomée such as Ikebana master Jozef Prelis Seihō and Paris-based creator Arturo Arita, respectively on the exhibitions Ikebana at Collectible and Call to the Wild at Maison Louis Carré (arch Alvar Aalto) in Summer 2020.
Spazio Nobile represents Garnier & Linker in Belgium. The gallery pieces are also two limited editions : The Sculpted Vase, 2018, ed. 20, in molten glass and Parisis Lamps, 2018, ed. 20, in alabaster and plaster.
Photos by Jeroen Verrecht