Paysans de sieste, 2022, Porquerolles
A commissioned piece destined for the gardens of the Villa Carmignac, Paysans de sieste (‘napping peasants’) is a place to rest, composed of four sunbeds beneath fruit trees.
Barely higher than the spikey bushes of the garrigue, the sunbeds take their form from the fruit ladders often left in olive groves and cherry orchards after harvesting.
An ode to Provence, mingled with memories of a childhood spent in the south of France, the deckchairs are made of locust wood, cotton canvas, aluminium and handmade passementerie. The materials used reflect their agricultural and nautical inspirations, as does their concave form, which lends itself to the game of interpretations, evoking the shafts of a plough or the hull of a boat. This singular form comes directly from its use: indulging in a siesta. Sky, sun, the maquis, the chaise longue: all you need.
Conception: Edgar Jayet
Production: Atelier Adrien Augagneur, Declercq Passementiers, Atelier des Carmes, Atelier François Pouenat
Exhibition: Permanent installation at the Villa Carmignac, Porquerolles (France)
Photography: Amedeo Abello