Featuring a façade in sparkling terrazzo – an architectural masterpiece from Ettore Sottsass – the Galerie Yves Gastou was established in 1986. Specializing in the decorative arts of the 20th century, Gastou’s parisien gallery was the home of the first exhibitions in France of the 1980’s masters of design, such as the Memphis group, Shiro Kuramata, and Ron Arad. Gastou confronted the works of these designers with those of the major creators of the 1940’s and 50’s, in the image of André Arbus and Gilbert Poillerat. Like great decorators such as Henri Samuel, he brought to light the creations of the designers in the 1970’s such as Philippe Hiquily, Ado Chale, and Paul Evans.
Joined by his son Victor in 2005, they continue to display playful and spatial furniture from the 1960’s and 70’s, cultivating the dream of a free and laid-back way of life, of the democratization of art with the introduction of new materials like resin, brass, stainless steel, and geodes of stones, all while integrating a purified contemporary design.
Today, the galerie continues its search of mixing and eclecticism by confronting the 20th century masters of design with the designers of the 21st such as Agnès Debizet, Béatrice Serre, Emmanuel Jonckers, Gerard Kuijpers, and Emmanuel Babled.