“When we create furniture it is first of all made as a piece of art and not as an object,” says French designer Harold Sangouard, aka HAROW.
The artist’s Parisian studio has forged an international reputation based on original design concepts, clear visual language and a painstaking approach to production. HAROW’s best-known piece is the Skull Chair, first released in 2013 and subsequently made available in 24k gold and ruby red, which has fast become a design icon. Diamond-faceted skull on one side and plush armchair on the other, the piece embodies the studio’s aim of blending art and contemporary furniture. Exhibited at Milan Design Week and the International Design Exhibition in United Arab Emirates, among others, the chair has attracted widespread press coverage across the globe, and also appeared in the 2016 movie Zoolander 2.
Guided by aesthetic interests rather than art world trends, HAROW has produced a wide range of funcional items, many of which touch on contemporary concerns. The Iceberg Stool, for example, expresses the hostile beauty of the Arctic environment while at the same time raising awareness about environmental threats. The wall installation 9MM portrays a skull made up of 862 bullets, and has been shown at Maison & Objet, Paris.