A FAMILY PORTRAIT – The parents, the daughter and the fiancée
PARIS & HIGH POINT – February 21, 2018 – The three collections – R&Y AUGOUSTI Paris, KIFU Paris and PATRICK COARD Paris, are aptly named after all the family members, a very close knit clan.
The artisanale collections, reflecting handmade techniques of eras past are interwoven with one another through the family signature of intricate patterns, yet retain the identity of each family member. Exotic materials are in abundance.
Although inspired by her parents, her collection of Home Accessories and Furniture is a distinct identity of its own. Kifu uses handmade techniques of elaborate inlay patterns of shagreen, shells, semi-precious stones, materials she experienced as a child growing up in her parent’s studio, but interpreted in a younger quirkier way reflecting her youth. From her “jewelry inspired knobs” on decorative boxes, gold bar boxes and an extravagant inlay pattern mix of shagreen and shell inspired from the feathers of exotic birds, as seen on her enormous round mirror, is refreshing to see. Kifu embodies whimsical elements throughout her collection and is not afraid to be daring and unexpected in her approach to design.
PATRICK COARD Paris
Kifu’s young Irish/Scandinavian fiancée not to be waylaid with his romanticism and deep love of Kifu threw the gauntlet down with an awe inspiring collection of candles never seen before. Whilst the market has been saturated with scented candles he went back to basics of non-scented candles and used his love of this aesthetic to be the first to bring out a collection of candles in a shagreen texture in beautifully hand carved patterns and sculptural shapes. His inspirations from sculptors from the 30s and 40s has created a modern collection in which one can utterly relax.
The parents’ anchor of the collections is clearly visible with the mix of their iconic pieces, and their fresh new large scale furniture destined to iconic status also, never cease to please their more adult followers who have an endless appetite to continually collect all they design, be it a classic or one of their new universe inspired Star mirror in elaborate handmade techniques of metal and exotic skins .
The Family business is back and safe to say in great hands for the future.
SOURCE: KIFU Paris