Lionel Jadot, Blue Tie Roofing, BE, 2019
Created from a solid rosewood, eighteenth century Dutch cabinet, Black Tie Roofing is Jadot’s reflection on the evolution of our civilization, and how influences and cultures become layered.
The interior and doors are built so that the furniture fills itself when closed. As nothing can be stored in the cabinet, it becomes a kind of mystical, hypnotic object. When open, the cabinet has a hearth-like quality, drawing the viewer in. Covered with “scales” made of Arches paper and tinted with 21 different kinds of blue and 24 carat gold leaf, its interior references a dragon. The dragon holds very divergent significance between Eastern and Western cultures. The dragon of the east is symbol of power, strength, and good luck, whereas in the west it is seen as a negative, destructive force.
While not easily categorized by a singular style, Jadot’s work could most easily be recognized by his affinity for repurposed materials and his deft eye at creating harmony and balance out of the collision of disparate elements. With the vision and confidence to experiment and evolve, Jadot has made a practice of skirting tradition by mixing genres, inspirations, and materials to achieve his iconoclastic vision. Key to his work process is a strong belief in craftsmanship and integrity in terms of behavior and approach.
The principle of reclamation has been relevant to Jadot from a young age. As a child in his father’s workshop, Jadot developed a keen attraction and respect for materials, coveting the bits of scrap wood and leather that would accumulate around the floor and had been deemed “fair game.” Today this manifests as both a philosophical and aesthetic tenet to his work. Manipulating materials that have been salvaged permeates the works with a sense of character, history, and humanity.
Working from a near photographic mental library of materials and influences, he is at once artist, tinkerer, and inventor. He explains, “What interests me is ideas passing though memory, and the influences mixing. Culture meeting subculture, mixing genre – from memory. I filled notebooks of ideas and with this approach I decided to achieve all that was in my notebooks. It is an exciting job; it’s more an expression, free of any constraints. But it is also a free reflection on design and art, and this fragile border that I love to cross in both directions.”
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