Design I Love: Claude & Francois-Xavier Lalanne

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Artistic Couples that I love who share, create and collect art: Ray & Charles, Herb & Dorothy, Ruby Dee & Ossie, Krista & Stephen.

New couple to add to my growing list: Claude & Francois-Xavier Lalanne were the artist duo Les Lalanne. Their work has been classified as being an ode to surrealism and art nouveau. Les Lalanne were known to co-create on projects rather than collaborate.


While Francois-Xavier favored sculpting animal themes, Claude preferred vegetation. The themes explored by the two collectively went against the current trend of Abstract art in the 1960s. The couple believed that

“The supreme art is the art of living.”

The couple began attracting public attention in Paris during the 1960s when Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé commissioned them. In particular, Francois-Xavier’s realistic bronze cast sheep covered in skin alongside lily vanes cast by Claude were displayed in the library of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. Their first exhibition together included Francois-Xavier’s famous rhinoceros desk, Rhinocrétaire (which are pictured below), and Claude’s cabbage with chicken legs sculpture.

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