Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti began their collaboration in the early 80s with the decoration of the Privilège, the restaurant of the famous Parisian nightclub, Le Palace. The gallery En Attendant les Barbares edited their first creations. Turning their backs on the aesthetic of the moment, their inspiration was surprising and iconoclastic, in turn primitive, poetic, baroque, ultra sophisticated or with a kitsch connotation. Leading a movement followed by many other designers, they reintroduced the use of fine craftsmanship and materials in the design world. This “tailor-made” method of production by the finest craftsmen made it possible to decline the dimensions and finishes of the pieces produced, thus reviving the great tradition of French Decorative Arts Their wrought iron pieces, edited by En Attendant les Barbares, are made by Pierre Basse, ex-ironworker of Diego Giacometti, who works exclusively for the gallery. In 1987, their decoration of the Haute Couture house Christian Lacroix gave them international notoriety. They carried out a series of projects in a wide variety of fields: from Bernard Picasso’s castle to the Montpellier tramway, from the Ricard decanter to the packaging for the Nina Ricci range of make-up. The Creator of the Year award at the Salon du Meuble was awarded to them in 1991. In 2001, just after a retrospective exhibition at the Grand Hornu Museum, Brussels, they split up after a final joint creation for En Attendant les Barbares, the Hi-Ti lamp, an abyss of the Lampe Masque from their beginnings, edited by this same gallery. Over time, their signature has become a classic sought after by collectors and reached heights in the auction room, while the gallery continues to publish pieces by this iconic duo from the end of the 20th century.
1980 : Galerie Jansen Paris 1982 : Galerie Furniture of the XX° century, New York 1984 : Galerie Via, Paris 1985 : Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Bordeaux 1985 : Fondation Cartier, Jouy en Josas 1985 : Musée des Beaux Arts de Dunkerque 1986 : Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf 1986 : Galerie Shiseido, Tokyo 1986 : Biennale de Venise 1987 : Hotel de Ville de Villeurbanne 1988 : Victoria and Albert Museum, Londres 1988 : Centre Pompidou, Paris 1989 : Musée de Tel Aviv 1989 : Galrie Seibu, Tokyo 1990 : Musée des Arts Décoratifs 1991 : Galerie Colonna, Hanovre 1991 : Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris 1991 : Galerie Alcazar, Milan 1993 : Galerie Show House, New York 1993 : Galerie Wohngalerie Tendenz, Innsbruck 1994 : Centre d’Art de Sundern, Allemagne 1994 : Galerie David Gill, Londres 1996 : Centre d’Art Contemporain, Meymac 1996 : Fondation Paullne Karpidas, Hydra 1996 : Galerie Néotu, Paris 1997 : Centre Pompidou, Paris 2001 : Le Grand Hornu, Bruxelles, 1991 : Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris 1998 : Musée Guggenheim, New York 1999 : Galerie En Attendant les Barbares, Paris 2001 : Musée Le Grand Hornu, Bruxelles