Care to Sleep Inside a Cabin Designed by Jean Prouvé?


Some individuals purchase artwork and cling it on their lounge partitions. Then there’s Hubert Bonnet—an über-collector who creates total foundations with the works he amasses, having established his first, Fondation CAB, in Brussels in 2012. On June 24, he inaugurated one other establishment by the identical title within the charming French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, tapping AD100 architect Charles Zana for the design—with beautiful outcomes. Each services exhibit minimalist and conceptual artwork.

Housed in a former gallery, the French iteration of Fondation CAB required an entire renovation of its Nineteen Fifties modernist construction, with Zana and Bonnet working collectively intently. AD PRO caught up with Zana in Paris to debate the mission’s historical past, his ideas on mixing nice design and artwork, and his expertise working with a passionate collector.

Exterior of the Fondation CAB, renovated by AD100 designer Charles Zana.

Photograph: Antoine Lippens

A gallery house within Fondation CAB.

Photograph: Antoine Lippens

“We knew one another for just a few years already, linked by our ardour for design, however I solely actually found Hubert with this basis mission,” says Zana. “I hadn’t realized the depth and dedication he has for artwork and design and his profound want to grasp and share. That is actually what it’s all about.” Zana’s mission was threefold: to protect the present construction, to work intently with Bonnet, and to remain on price range. The whole mission took a few yr and opened on schedule.

Exterior of the demountable home designed by Jean Prouvé. A koi pond abuts the construction.

Photograph: Antoine Lippens

A glance contained in the Prouvé pad.

Photograph: Antoine Lippens

Bonnet’s dream was to fill this new house with beforehand unseen items from his assortment. He additionally hoped to create a restaurant, a e-book store, a sculpture backyard, and several other visitor rooms that might incorporate nice works by Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Alvar Aalto, Pierre Jeanneret, and different historic designers. And for enterprising overnighters, a particular providing awaits: A home by Jean Prouvé—totally furnished and prepared for a sleepover—stands outdoors within the backyard.

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Bonnet shares that each one of that is “distinctive on this planet of museums and foundations.” He explains that just a few questions drove his efforts: Particularly, how can one work, and stay, with design? For his half, Zana hoped the mission could be “in Provence with out being Provençal.” The outcomes are an expression of a love for craftsmanship, artwork, and buildings. Bonnet says it’s all about “making the extraordinary distinctive” and shifting “past pure presentation.” He explains, “I need individuals to expertise the rigorous creations and see how marvelous they’re.” 

The yearlong mission concerned making just a few additions, in addition to including and eradicating home windows. “Bonnet is minimalist in his assortment however maximalist as an individual,” says Zana. “He’s expansive and outgoing. The truth is, I’ve come to grasp that he seems to be for a similar factor in each his artwork and design collections. Take away all of the pointless, simplify, and you might be left with the elegant.” Becoming a member of a listing of greats just like the close by Fondation Maeght, Fondation CAB delivers a recent viewpoint for the southern French artwork scene. Aspiring vacationers, take be aware—this one is a must-see.

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