1 GB Chest of Drawers Kawakubo

The Feeling of Freedom in the Choice of Forms

TEFAF Meet the Experts programs celebrate the expertise of our world-renowned exhibitors, spotlighting exceptional objects and the stories they tell. Learn more about the curious Chest of Drawers inspired by the famous Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo.

TEFAF Meet the Experts

MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2024

12PM–12.30PM CET

Registration is mandatory but free to TEFAF Maastricht ticket holders


A product of Mattia Bonetti’s trip to Tokyo, Chest of Drawers “Kawakubo” merges the boundaries between whimsy and craft. Bonetti states, “Style is typically a mixture. We take lots of different influences, and rework the whole thing.“Kawakubo” evokes the contrast and movement of the Baroque period through classic winding shapes from the handles to the feet, similarly seen in later works for Nina Ricci. Simultaneously infused is the essence of the Japanese trick box often requiring sliding sequences to reveal itself, “Kawakubo” transcends a world of concealed panels and mechanisms, as the drawers themselves seemingly slide from left to right. Bonetti states, ...at the end you sometimes don’t see the mixture any more. It’s not important to know what the different sources are. In the “Kawakubo” Chest of Drawers, Garouste & Bonetti absorb the visual language of the past to create deeply contemporary aesthetic.


For over 35 years, David Gill Gallery has been a pioneer in the world of collectible design and art. Founded in 1987 on the Fulham Road, Chelsea, the gallery first exhibited the works of historic masters such as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Jean-Michel Frank and Line Vautrin soon adding contemporary artists, including Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti, Grayson Perry and Donald Judd. From the outset, David Gill Gallery invigorated the London and global art scene with an original taste and perspective on art and design.

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David Gill Director, David Gill Gallery

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Image: Garouste & Bonetti, Chest of Drawers “Kawakubo”, 1994