Pierre Yovanovitch makes Australian debut with stunning Melbourne showcase

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Pierre Yovanovitch makes Australian debut with stunning Melbourne showcase

Installation image of Pierre Yovanovitch’s solo show at CRITERIA. Credit Sean Fennessy.
Words by Staff Writer

Acclaimed French designer Pierre Yovanovitch has unveiled an immersive installation featuring a curated selection of Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier pieces at CRITERIA gallery.

Renowned French designer Pierre Yovanovitch has unveiled an enchanting immersive installation, featuring a curated selection of Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier pieces at Criteria gallery. This marks the esteemed designer’s inaugural showcase in Australia, introducing his unique furniture designs to the Australian market for the first time.

In a nod to Yovanovitch’s interior architecture practice, Criteria gallery presents a carefully curated selection of contemporary artworks alongside the new furniture pieces. Yovanovitch has ingeniously arranged the pieces in a series of immersive vignettes, allowing visitors to experience the furniture within a residential context. The collection is open to the public from March 15 and will grace the gallery until May 2, 2024, at Criteria’s new South Yarra showroom, serving as the exclusive gallery for Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier in Australia.

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Rachael Fry, founder and creative director of Criteria, expressed her excitement about representing Yovanovitch’s work in Australia, highlighting his visionary approach to design. Fry commented, “Pierre Yovanovitch is a rare creative visionary whose avant-garde concepts reflect a deep understanding of colour, composition, space, and texture. We are honoured to be representing his work in Australia and thrilled to pioneer the introduction of his visionary design to our audience.”

True to Yovanovitch’s design philosophy, all Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier pieces are crafted with longevity and exceptional quality in mind. Collaborating with craftsmen to source superior materials, the pieces are locally certified and sustainably sourced wherever possible, ensuring durability and timeless design. The studio pays homage to Yovanovitch’s Provencal roots, drawing inspiration from the region’s natural light, rich natural materials, and vibrant colour palettes, as well as its historic commitment to craftsmanship.

Highlights of the showcase include the Wave Console, a uniquely sculptural piece crafted from oiled solid oak; the Callas Table Lamp, a new addition to the Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier catalogue made of solid ash and fabric; and the Roze Dining Table, crafted from varnished solid oak with a glazed ceramic insert and lacquered steel legs. Other notable pieces include the Mr. Oops Chair, the Mama Bear Chair, the Honeymoon Sconce, the Asymmetry Armchair, and the Flare Floor Lamp.

The installation also features a selection of artworks curated by Yovanovitch, showcasing pieces by Jules de Balincourt, Travis McDonald, Miranda Skoczek, and Ben Mazey.

Reflecting on the collaboration with Criteria for his Australian debut, Yovanovitch stated, ““I can’t think of a better platform than CRITERIA to collaborate with for my debut in Australia. We’ve known for some time that there has been an interest in Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier in the region, so it was just a matter of finding the right partner to debut our works there. Rachael’s keen eye for design and established presence in the industry made a collaboration with CRITERIA a natural launching pad for us.”

The collection will be on display until May 2, 2024, from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm. For more information, visit: https://criteriacollection.com.au/