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n Paris, the Yves Gastou gallery is an unavoidable stop for design enthusiasts; this space deals in contemporary design and in furniture and sculptures, which date from the forties to the eighties. Yves Gastou first opened in 1985 with an exhibition on Ettore Sottsass, who also designed the gallery, one of his first architectural projects. What’s more, Sottsass sparked instant controversy by cladding the façade of this period building on rue Bonaparte in white-and-black terrazzo tiles.


The exhibition «Emmanuel Babled, Limited Editions» by Yves Gastou

The 2015 exhibition «Emmanuel Babled, Limited Editions» . Murano glass embedded in slabs of Carrara marble.


We are in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in the 6th arrondissement, on the rive gauche (south of the river Seine); this was historically the most intellectual and artistic borough in Paris. Rue Bonaparte, the long street which leads from the Seine to the Parc de Luxembourg, is filled with famous art galleries and most importantly the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (Fine Arts School). After an initial experience in Toulouse and subseque working for four years in Paris at the “aux puces” (the flea market in Saint-Ouen), Yves Gastou finally fulfilled his dream: to open a gallery next-door to the imposing entrance of the most prestigious Fine Arts School in France.


The facade of the Yves Gastou Galley designed in 1985 by Ettore Sottsass

The gallery facade designed in 1985 by Ettore Sottsass and cladded in white-and-black terrazzo tiles. Through both windows, we see tables by Ado Chale in occasion of the exhibition Ado Chale, 50 ans d’alchimie.

A portrait of Yves Gastou and his son Victor, who has been working with his father since 2008. Growing up surrounded by pieces by Sottsass, Mendini and Pesce, Victor’s love for design finally triumphed over his degree in economics and international relations.

(Tapestry «Le matin» by Pierre Dubreuil, 1942). 

Yves Gastou’s passion sparked in 1980, following his first trip to Italy, when he fell in love with the great Italian designers: Giò Ponti in Milan, Carlo Mollino in Turin and Carlo Scarpa in Venice. It was at that time, Gastou also discovered Ettore Sottsass, who stood out for his unique explosion of colour, inclination towards humble materials and an ability to reinterpret iconic designs in a modern and ironic fashion. Sottsass soon became a permanent feature of the gallery, even if still surprised of how well his pieces were doing.


An exhibition on Philippe Hiquily in the Yves Gastou Gallery

An exhibition on Philippe Hiquily. On the right-hand side, an imposing limited edition brass chandelier; this is a rendition of an original 1977 design, which was especially made for a private collection.

Ado Chale at the Yves Gastou gallery

The exhibition Ado Chale, 50 ans d’alchimie (also last image). On the left-hand side, the Fleur Cosmique (cosmic flower) sculpture by Takis, the Coque armchair (cockerel) in brass by Philippe Hiquily and the Solune table in aluminium and bronze by Ado Chale.

Exhibitions at the Yves Gastou gallery in Paris

On the left-hand side, the 2014 exhibition Gerard Kuijpers, Dancing Stones, black marble by Mazy on metal stand. Wall-mounted mirror in pyrite by Pia Manu. On the right-hand side, the Digit chandelier in hand-blown Murano glass by Emmanuel Babled.


In other words, Yves Gastou is the antique dealer of the future; this is also the title of his biography ("Yves Gastou, l’antiquaire du future", Editions Norma, Paris, 2011). For thirty years, he has shown in rotation both iconic names and emerging young designers like once were Ron Arad, Philippe Starck, Tom Dixon and Shiro Kuramata.
Unconventional par excellence, passionate about furniture and sculpture, Yves Gastou has never been one to follow the beaten track. Naïvely and poetically, he hand-picks decorative arts and designs from the last one hundred years. Yves Gastou has always preempt times and his shows are a real landmark in the world of interior design.



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Galerie Yves Gastou 

12, rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
Tel. +33 (1) 5373 00 01

Opening times:
Tue-Sat 11.00-13.00 / 14.00-19.00
Mondays by appointment only
Closed on Sundays

E-mail: contact@galerieyvesgastou.com


Photos: Courtesy Galerie Yyes Gastou

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