Gifts Today magazine

Provocation on porcelain

Villeroy & Boch commissions French artist Philippe Shangti to bring art to the table for L’Opera restaurant

Villeroy & Boch has commissioned French photographer and artist Philippe Shangti to create a special edition of tableware for the trendy L‘Opéra restaurant in Paris. 

Six designs from the April 2016 exhibition No Prostitution here have been translated on to tableware.

Born in 1983 in Toulouse, but now living in the glamorous town of Saint-Tropez, Philippe is the wild, young talent of the French art scene, who in 2008 was first fêted in the art world for his photo series No Cocaine here, in which he made a sardonic style statement that brought together fantasy and reality.

The truth lies once more hidden in the images captured in his new photographic journey No Prostitution here. A part of an exhibition in April this year, it charts the exciting relationship between word and picture created by the ambivalent and ostentatious nature of the photographic works, the sexualised motifs balance provocatively above the gulf between morality and taboos.

Six designs from the April 2016 exhibition have thus been applied to the plates of the successful Dune series.

A Geisha on a golden foreground, a Japanese artist of entertainment selected as a motif by Shangti and L‘Opéra, forms only one of the artistic décors. Others display a décolleté covered with kiss imprints, or an opulent golden chastity belt. The text motifs are playful, ranging from 'Voulez vous manger avec moi le soir' to 'Taste me and reach orgasm' - referring of course to the meal presented on the plate.

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