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Jean Nouvel, 1994

Designed for Fondation Cartier in Paris, The Less series furniture, with its rigor, formai lightness, and essentiali­ty, exemplifies the qualities of Jean Nouvel's architectu­re. These are abstract and monolithic metal elements where forms become pure graphic symbols.

Design Jean Nouvel, 1994

"Less" is meant to be the archetypal table - the thin­ness of the desk causes questions about its fabrication and assembly. This was accompanied by a totem and drawer unit - silent furniture free of rhetorical expres­sions, capable of creating a true landscape with their architectural consistency.

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1994 Apex Award, Intern. - Interior Design Assoc. N.Y.
1995 IF Industrie Forum Design Hannover “Top Ten of the Year”
1997 IF Industrie Forum Design Hannover “Best of Category”


Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel was born in 1945 in Fumel, France. His approach to design comes from a need to create objects for his own architectures. This approach created the Less table which was produced by Molteni&C. for the headquarters of the Cartier Foundation. The Ateliers Jean Nouvel design activities reflect a desire to develop an "architectural design."

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Jean Nouvel

“The elementarity I seek has nothing to do with minimalism. Even when it goes in for a bare minimum of material, design is no less creative”

Jean Nouvel