The Art and Furniture of Surrealist Sculptors Francoiss-Xavier and Claude Lalanne

Recent conservation projects have featured the work of both François-Xavier Lalanne and his wife and artistic partner, Claude Lalanne. Lalanne turned interior design on its ear when, in 1964, he created a rhinocerous-shaped secretary. A zoo full of creatures followed including his most famous creations, “Moutons,” 24 sheep figures meant to serve as stools or seats. Lalanne counted Max Ernst, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Constantin Brancusi (with whom he shared studio space) as artistic influences. Francois Lalanne died on December 7th, 2008 at his home in the village of Ury, south of Paris.

Projects at the Tatti Studio have included:

  • “Moutons”
  • Bronze Crocodile Chair
  • “Chat Polymorphe”, a sculpture with a bar hidden inside
  • Pomme de New York
  • Ginko Chair