The renowned French interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch has launched his debut furniture collection and opened his first public exhibition in the United States under the name âOops,â of all monikers. He explains that word was his response when the R & Company gallery in TriBeCa, asked him to temporarily take over their space this fall (in French, âoopsâ often expresses surprise or being caught off guard). âThe idea had been to create an installation using the furniture there and maybe some of my pieces,â Yovanovitch says. âBut it became mostly my furniture â made especially for this. And, in the process, I realized you say âoopsâ a lot of times during the day.â
His atelierâs one-of-a-kind works are also whimsically titled. Thereâs the walnut-framed, low and boxy Woody chair, after Woody Allen (âfor French people, heâs very New York,â Yovanovitch remarks); the handcast blown-glass Zou chandelier (âzouâ is a slangy French term for âgoâ); the James and Marsha floor lamps, named for the president and first lady in the film âMars Attacks!â; a circular Donut bench put together without any nails or glue; and the designerâs signature Bear Armchairs â in Papa, Mama and Baby sizes, rendered in sheepskin and oak for this occasion.
âIn doing a show, thereâs more freedom â and itâs energizing for me to be free,â Yovanovitch says. âItâs different from designing a home, where clients have to live year-round in what I do. This isnât permanent, itâs lighter, and people have to easily understand it because Iâm not well-known here, like I am in Paris.â Although that stands to change: Yovanovitch plans to set up an NYC office later this year.