Le Témoin
Man Ray

  • Man Ray
  • Paradisoterrestre Edition 2020
  • Simon International - Ultramobile collection 1971
  • Wood structure, synthetic leather upholstery, methacrylate partly silk-screened and partly hand painted
  • W 154 D 40 H 70 cm | W 60,5 D 16 H 27,5 in

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Part of the historic and revolutionary operation Ultramobile, conceived by Dino Gavina in 1971 with the aim of surprisingly adapting the surrealist object to everyday use, Le Témoin by Man Ray is an eye that watches you insistently, an indiscreet presence; you turn it and it turns into an unexpected seat.

The great artist Man Ray and the Bolognese entrepreneur Dino Gavina were linked by an extraordinary friendship and collaboration: the idea for Le Témoin was born from a gift exchanged between the two – an oval-shaped cookie box that Gavina gave to Man Ray and on which the artist painted a big eye before giving it back to his friend.

“The large eye, the witness, insistently observes you in your home, when your conscience cannot withstand it, then you turn it over and it immediately turns into a sofa.” – Man Ray

A witness to our habits within the domestic landscape, the eye by Man Ray is a “furniture of poetry”.
Le Témoin is at the same time a practical response to functional needs and a “totem evoking wonder, a presence that pulsates and breathes in your home, a vital and sardonic aggression, poetry frozen in a flash of joy” (from the text of the first leaflet “Ultramobile”, 1971).

Le Témoin, ©️ Man Ray Trust, by SIAE 2020

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