The idea for exhibition “Pierre and the Almond tree” was born while sipping on a glass of pastis, in the shaded courtyard of an old house in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the South of France.
This was when graphic designer Érika Muller, photographer Nick Ballon and industrial designer Tomás Alonso decided to reinterpret the work of Pierre Leron-Lesur, a man they got to know quite well, who has spent the last fifty years of his life developing what he calls sylvistructure: a unique practice at the crossing point of art and craftsmanship.
“My work reveals raw wood, stripped from any artifice. Nature is a spectacle. One needs to open their eyes to the mystery of the trees.” (Pierre Leron-Lesur)
While respecting the sculptural approach in Pierre’s method, Tomás finds the look of the wood more appealing and intriguing when left completely untouched. The combined effects of time and natural elements appear even stronger when put against synthetic materials like anodised aluminium, color-changing glass or LED lights. This contrast between the untouched nature-made versus the highly manipulated man-made becomes the main element in his small collection of auxiliary furniture.