Hervé Van Der Straeten
Paris-based French designer Hervé Van der Straeten creates pieces combining free-ranging inspiration with superlative craftsmanship. A graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supèrieure des Beaux-Arts, where he studied painting, he produces work characterised by dynamism, hybridity, and graphic simplicity. From his first jewellery creations in 1985 to the 1999 opening of his gallery on rue Ferdinand Duval in the Marais, followed by the establishment of his own bronze and cabinetry workshops in 2004, he has constantly expanded his fields of exploration and deepened his creative independence. Major collectors and international decorators turn to him for the one- of-a-kind pieces or limited series in his collections of furniture, light fixtures, and art objects. Luxury brands call upon his expertise in product design: he created Dior’s iconic 1999 J’adore perfume bottle, porcelain for Bernardaud, the Excess collection for Les Cristalleries de Saint Louis, and the Miroir ice bucket for Ruinart. He also collaborated on the interior design of the Roger Vivier boutiques and designed a series of furniture pieces for them. The designer and his company have won prizes and honours. Hervé Van der Straeten was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2008. His company was awarded the Label Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) by the French Ministry of Culture in 2007 and has been a member of the Comité Colbert since September 2012. The French Mobilier National has acquired several of his pieces; two of them are now part of the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. His work is shown at the Galerie Flore in Belgium and Ralph Pucci in the United States.