Garouste & Bonetti


Garouste & Bonetti 1980 - 2002

Elizabeth Garouste was born in 1949 in Paris and Mattia Bonetti born in 1952 in Lugano, Switzerland. They joined together in 1980 to design furniture and interior decoration. Often described as Baroque and barbarian, their furniture surprises and is characterised by abnormal and unusual materials such as rocks, hammered bronze, raffia, leather, skin, logs and glass. They pioneered the 'Barbarian' fashion. They intergrated references to the Middle Ages, Africa, the poetry of Cocteau, the Venetian baroque and Neo-classicism. They separated in 2002. Mattia Bonetti continues the making furniture and he is regularly seen in many shows and galleries.


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