Above Image: The artist at work in his studio. Photo courtesy of Holly Hunt.
The Courba table with Himba chairs, and the Canet bedside table.
“Christian is an artist, but he’s also collaborative, so we shared ideas that set him off in a direction we felt would appeal to our designer clients,” Kornak continues, explaining that the Holly Hunt team, who has worked with Astuguevieille for more than two decades, sought smaller, simpler forms. The designs are still produced in France by trained carpenters and furniture makers (all of whom are overseen by Astuguevieille, now in his mid-seventies) but require a less complicated production process. The designer’s earliest pieces were constructed of chestnut branches, but over the years the polymath—he has worked in fashion, fragrance, sculpture, and jewelry—narrowed his materials palette to natural fiber cording and raffia. This collection narrows that focus exclusively to hemp rope.
Two views of the gorgeous Cane commode, and the Calma lounge chair.
functional art, and we see them going into homes with fabulous collections.” (Holly Hunt has long paired Astuguevieille’s designs with works by Matisse and Motherwell, among others, in her own homes.) “We fell in love with Christian when we first met him many years ago—his whimsical nature and fun designs,” Kornak explains. “And we just felt he complemented our offerings, adding elegance, texture, and color.”
The capsule collection is currently available made-to-order through Kneedler Fauchère.