There’s a party honoring one of France’s most iconic painters—and everyone is invited. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Henri Matisse’s birth, Maison Matisse—an enterprise dedicated to perpetuating his legacy—is releasing a limited-edition series of glazed ceramic vases imagined by three renowned designers. (The project was spearheaded by Jean Matthieu Matisse, a fourth-generation descendent.) Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Jaime Hayon, and the late Alessandro Mendini were given carte blanche to design and produce pieces channeling whatever they found most inspirational in Matisse’s work.
“Maison Matisse offers a three-dimensional interpretation of the artist’s universe.”
Mendini focused on curves and color in Sinuoso, while Hayon riffed on the North African influences of crowded medinas and fragrant blossoms for Aeromaticolor. The Bouroullec brothers interpreted an open window, a theme in Matisse’s work, via three elements: a cylindrical vase on a brick “window sill” backed by a glimmering aluminum-sheet sky. Joyeux anniversaire!