Since 2015, WE DO NOT WORK ALONE has been designing objects for everyday life in collaboration with contemporary artists. More than thirty objects have been published by the publishing house, using industrial or artisanal know-how to carry out projects of confirmed or emerging figures in the artistic scene. This publishing house was born out of a desire to make a contribution to the long-standing issue of the links between art and life. Such an undertaking underlies a desire to democratize art, to build the conditions for proximity with it.
On the occasion of this exhibition, WE DO NOT WORK ALONE had a free hand to invite artists to work in the manner of La Maîtrise and thus build a collection of everyday objects published in small series and produced by French living heritage companies.
The choice was made by Florentine & Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize, Benoît Maire, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Marion Verboom, personalities from various backgrounds but with a common sensitivity to the decorative arts, to the question of the object and the everyday. It was a question of finding the companies whose know-how best suited the artist's intention and project, creating the possibility of a confluence.
Savoir Faire Savoir presents the fruits of this dialogue between the artists and Faïencerie Georges de Nevers, Gilles Tavernier - ironworker, Société d'Impression sur Etoffes du Grand Lemps, the garden furniture manufacturer Fermob, and the lava stonecutter Andésite. A dialogue accompanied by WE DO NOT WORK ALONE and Galeries Lafayette for a contemporary interpretation of La Maîtrise.