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Design Insider: Art Meets Style – Takashi Murakami takes on Versailles

Takashi Murakami Versailles

As a huge fan Takashi Murakami and the Palace of Versailles, I’ve been waiting patiently for every tiny detail of Murakami’s latest exhibition to be revealed. And I haven’t been disappointed – I’m completely inspired by the contrasting relationship between the French Palace and Murakami’s superflat style. Which leaves me only one option: create a super opulent, superflat look!

My first encounter with the ostentatious abode of Louis XVI was at an early age. I  visited Versailles at the tender age of 5 whilst on vacation with my parents. Too young to really appreciate what I was looking at, I was more interested in getting back to our hotel room to watch French cartoons (not much has changed!).

Fast forward to now and the controversial opening of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s exhibition at Versailles. Following on from previous exhibitions by contemporary counterparts Jeff Koons’ in 2008 and Xavier Veilhan in 2009, Murakami gives us a unique chance to see his Disney-esque creations presented against the beauty and history of Versailles.

“…The Chateau de Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of Western history. It is the emblem of an ambition for elegance, sophistication and art that most of us can only dream of… But, in many respects, everything is transmitted to us as a fantastic tale coming from a very distant kingdom.”

– Takashi Murakami

Despite calls from French royalists to keep the palace a contemporary-free zone, the exhibition presses on to provide an extraordinary juxtapose between 17th century opulence and super-modern, superflat Japan. And with the juxtapose of the old and new in mind, here’s a few ideas for recreating your very own superflat Versailles…

Takashi Murakami x Versailles x Marie Antoinette

1. Kartell Bougie Lamp (24k Gold – Stockists via Kartell) 2. Lost in the Supermarket print by Ben Frost (Available from StupidKrap) 3. KAIKAI KIKI Flower Cushion (Available from Colette Paris) 4. Lily Fleur Mirror (Available from Urban Outfitters) 5. Kartell Louis Chair (Stockists via Kartell) 6. Mr. TTT Bench by Friends With You (Available from Kid Robot) 7. Tokidoki Bastardino Vinyl Toy (Available from Tokidoki) 8. Marie Therese Chandelier (Available from Tesco) 9. Trollsta Sidetable (Available from IKEA)

Takashi Murakami Versailles is on display until December 12 2010.
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One Response to “Design Insider: Art Meets Style – Takashi Murakami takes on Versailles”

  1. Gabriella GDK says:

    The Kartell Bougie lamp is one of my favorites! Great post!


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