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CRITERIA Unveils Pierre Yovanovitch’s First Australian Showcase

The Mindy sofa, Asymmetry armchair, Stella coffee table and Paw wall sconce designed by Pierre Yovanovitch. Artwork by Miranda Skoczek.

The Mama Bear chair, Honeymoon 1 sconce, E.T table lamp and Candy Pebble side table by Pierre Yovanovitch.

In an Australian first, CRITERIA gallery Melbourne welcomes renowned French designer Pierre Yovanovitch to showcase his pieces in a custom interior installation.

Anthropomorphic ideas and a desire to evoke joy shape Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier’s Australian debut at CRITERIA gallery in Melbourne. Designing an interior installation across three in-situ vignettes, Pierre Yovanovitch has positioned pieces from his namesake Mobilier in the context of a home alongside a selection of contemporary artworks. “In this way, the show is a nod to my interior architecture practice, which focuses heavily on contemporary art, vintage design, my own furniture and lighting, as well as rich wall colours,” Pierre says. 

CRITERIA will be the exclusive gallery for Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier in Australia, helmed by CRITERIA founder and creative director Rachael Fry. “We’ve been lucky enough to have support in Australia for some time, but we wanted to find the right partner before officially showcasing our works there,” Pierre says, crediting Rachael’s design sensibility and established presence in the area. 

The Wave console, Callas table lamp, Mama Bear chair, Mr. Oops chair and Roze dining table by Pierre Yovanovitch. Artwork by Jules de Balincourt.

Renowned French designer Pierre Yovanovitch.

Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier is known for sourcing quality materials and working with talented craftspeople to achieve an exceptional level of detail in each piece. The exhibition highlights the influence of the designer’s upbringing in Provence on the brand, particularly the region’s natural light, materials, colourways and history of craftsmanship. It also conveys the designer’s penchant for playfulness through anthropomorphic forms and colour. “I want all my furniture to be happy, to make people comfortable and to represent love – l’amour,” Pierre says.

Pierre Yovanovitch is a passionate collector of contemporary art, selecting artworks by Jules de Balincourt, Travis McDonald, Miranda Skoczek and Ben Mazey to feature across the three different spaces. “Contemporary art is really central to my interiors as it breathes life and uniqueness into a space,” he affirms. “I wanted to bring contemporary art into this exhibition to give people a full in-situ understanding of the pieces and my approach to design.”

The Pierre Yovanovitch installation will be open to the public at CRITERIA gallery’s new South Yarra showroom from March 15 until May 2.

“The show is a nod to my interior architecture practice, which focuses heavily on contemporary art, vintage design, my own furniture and lighting, as well as rich wall colours.”

– Pierre Yovanovitch

CRITERIA founder and creative director Rachael Fry and Pierre Yovanovitch.

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