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Gildas Berthelot

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Gildas Berthelot

Born: 1961

Hometown: Montreal,

Based in: Montreal

 

Both a cabinetmaker and a visual artist, Gildas Berthelot has forged a unique path in the world of contemporary design over the past 30 years. His vision and his experience give birth to sculptural furniture pieces that are also imaginary creatures, shaped thanks to his exceptional ingenuity in craftsmanship techniques.

Gildas Berthelot draws, designs and hand crafts each work himself in his workshop in Canada. His dual training as an artist and a cabinetmaker allows him to reconcile artistic creativity and technical prowess. The creative idea is refined progressively from the second to the third dimension, from the drawing, the model and to the finalized work.

Everything starts with the drawing, a medium that is an integral part of Gildas Berthelot’s incredibly precise and focused methodology. “While cabinetmaking requires many physical means: plans, templates, tools, and an extremely rigorous method, drawing is to me as much a form of introspection as it is a liberation. I like this contrast between the charcoal which slides freely on a sheet of paper and the strict organization of the tracing of a piece of furniture.”

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Conquistador

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Lighting

US$ 4,000

Avant Dernières Pensées

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Lighting

US$ 8,800

La Nonchalante

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Furniture

US$ 47,000

La Vague

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Design Objects

US$ 5,000

Le petit Grand-Soir

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Furniture

US$ 21,000

Le grand soir

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Furniture

US$ 26,000

Why not ! 3

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Furniture

US$ 20,000

Why-not! 2

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Furniture

US$ 15,000

L'Odyssée

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Furniture

US$ 50,000

La Mer

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Furniture

US$ 50,000

La petite Chimère noire 3

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Furniture

US$ 14,900

La petite Chimère noire 2

Gildas Berthelot, Canada

Furniture

US$ 14,900

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About Gildas Berthelot


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What inspires you?

The nature, the sea, the water movement , infinity, and sometime, a happy moment.


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Describe your creative process.

Everything starts with the drawing,. While cabinetmaking requires many physical means: plans, templates, tools, and an extremely rigorous method, drawing is to me as much a form of introspection as it is a liberation. After the drawing, I creates a scale model, or a “volume in progress” of the future piece of furniture. The model is a three dimensional sketch. Nothing is finalized until I create the plan.


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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

I think sensual, baroque and elliptical .


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Rodin, Brancusi, Giacometti, Ron Arad , Eva Esse, Tony Cragg are the artists who the most influenced me


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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

For creating my work the most important tool is first : a pencil.


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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

I think the next one will be my best piece ! But Éloge de la Rondeur 1 and 2 and my armchair Infini are my best pieces yet.


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Where do you go for inspiration?

I don't have best place to find inspiration. She often comes to me from anywhere.

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