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ceramics by henri simmen, blue pot with coral handle

Flemish born ceramist Henri Simmen was an established and well known artist in 1920s France.   After a very influential stint in the Far East, Simmen returned to Paris where he began producing his instantly recognizable hand modeled pieces in monochrome glazes.  His Japanese wife, Eugénie O’Kin, worked with Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, the pre-eminent furniture designer, in fitting pieces of ivory and other rare materials to his fine furniture.  Lucky for us, she also cooperated with her husband, and as a result, they jointly produced infinitely chic and delicate pieces like the exquisite stoneware pots above with their restrained carved ivory tops and rare red coral garnish … by themselves, a perfect and understated detail in any contemporary modernist interior.

Photo via AD for Gallery Vallois, Paris and New York

The Modern Sybarite

Interior Designer, art advisor and blogger, Richard Rabel brings fresh perspectives on art + design for today’s interior in his blog TheModernSybarite.

Based in New York City, Richard is consistently asked by his clients for advice on art, design and decoration and ultimately provides clients with livable, warm and unique interiors that reflect a 21st century lifestyle based on his rich experience in fine and decorative art of all periods.

A multi-linguist with a ten-year career as a senior director and specialist with Christie’s, the London-based global auction house, Richard has lived in seven countries and has had access to some of the most exquisite and exclusive spaces.  From San Francisco to Mexico City, Sao Paulo to Geneva, Istanbul to Delhi and Sydney to Shanghai, the breadth of his travels has cultivated his eye and contributed to defining his exacting taste and modern aesthetic.
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