At Home With a Connoisseur

September 2020

Pop-up "At home with a connoisseur", 3-24 September, 21 rue Bonaparte, Paris, by appointment.

Discover the virtual tour of "At Home with a Connoisseur"

In March, while planning our September event, the Rinck team was overcome by a great yearning for insouciance, a desire for a life that was again carefree. Locked down like the rest of the world, we imagined getting together, sharing a drink, seeing exhibits, going out on the town, dancing. Rather like reminiscing about a simpler – albeit idealized – world of the late Seventies while standing in the midst of the unprecedented challenges of 2020. So our teams dreamed up a colorful interior, that of an enthusiastic collector, a man who would have invited us to have a drink at his place – after coming out of the legendary Le Palace nightclub – to watch the sun come up over Paris.

The product of this sanguine brainstorming, At Home with a Connoisseur, features marked aesthetic expressions in a space redesigned by Rinck in collaboration with Julia Van Hagen. The latest addition to the Félicité collection unveiled last January, a monumental bronze ceiling light by Rinck, is suspended above the table from the same collection. This new design, some six feet across, boasts carved branches that reach across the space to gently illuminate the premises. Rinck also presents a period 1940s sideboard, typical of a late Art Deco style that brought the house such success in the post-war period. Above the sideboard are two wall lights from the Félicité collection that subtly mold the light, uniting these two Rinck designs separated by seven decades of history.


Facing this sideboard, the Savannah Bay gallery contributed contemporary stools by the Zieta Prozessdesign Studio, home of Polish architect Oskar Zieta. They are of stainless steel with the studio’s Heat finish, a combination of technological innovation and contemporary design. This Paris gallery, always on the lookout for truly dedicated designers, also supplied two table lamps in laminated dichroic glass, the work of the Buzao Studio.


The space was painted by the skilled artisans of Argile and features two of the Paris specialists’ custom shades, Atelier Red and Scala, generating a strong chromatic dialogue to match the character of the designs. The exclusive wallpaper is from celebrated English company Fromental, which presents “The Classicist Sketchbook” based a design by Rinck, inspired by full-scale sketches from our company’s sculptors for period-furniture projects. This is the first physical collaboration between Rinck and Fromental, who were eager to work together after having taken part in a number of collaborative events and pop-ups in recent years over the course of various design weeks in the world’s décor capitals.


For the gallery’s floors, the Rinck team chose to call upon the talents of Lady Deirdre Dyson, a grande dame of English design, who showcases two rugs at the event. This echoes the recent opening of her Paris showroom, a stone’s throw away on Rue des Saints Pères, which treats a discerning Parisian public to contemporary creations traditionally handcrafted from the finest materials in Nepal.

To enhance the space imagined by Rinck, Julia Van Hagen chose a series of potent modern works, with a photograph by Egyptian artist Youssef Nabil, a mixed-media work by New York painter Borden Capalino, a canvas painted in malachite ink by Californian Matthew Brandt and a painting by Jonathan Monk.

We look forward to seeing all of you at our At Home with a Connoisseur event being held September 3 through 24 at 21 Rue Bonaparte in Paris. Due to current health concerns, we have decided to keep the facility and exhibit accessible for an entire month, making it possible to have many smaller viewing events, rather than one large opening cocktail gathering.

To book your visit alone or with friends and colleagues, please email us at the following address: communication@rinck.fr.

Photo credit: © Gaspard Hermach/RINCK