For over half a century, the duo of François-Xavier Lalanne (1927–2008) and his wife Claude (born in 1924) created elegant sculptures and furniture, frequently with a playful, zoomorphic touch. The designs of “Les Lalanne,” as they are more commonly called, have often appealed to an especially louche corner of the Parisian demimonde: both Yves Saint Laurent (seen above in an exclusive archival image with François-Xavier) and Serge Gainsbourg were strong supporters of the duo’s practice. This spring, rising landscape designer Madison Cox will transform Paul Kasmin’s 515 West 27th Street space into a ‘mini-labyrinth’ populated at every turn with sterling examples of the artists’ work. The show will feature over twenty-five works from both past and present, and will culminate with a site-specific installation inspired by Les Lalanne’s design for Saint Laurent’s salon, commissioned by the fashion icon in the Seventies.

Claude Lalanne, 'Miroir,' 1993

Les Lalanne’s exhibition will run from Thursday to May 2 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 West 27th Street, New York.

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