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Black Bakelite ring set with a quartz cabochon, surrounded by gold-plated metal, signed, circa 1990-2000

It was during an exhibition in New York in 1995 that Robert Goossens was approached by the House of Chanel, via Peter Marino, the famous interior designer for the redevelopment of the brand's boutiques around the world. Robert Goossens designed lighting fixtures, mirrors and decorative elements for them, until he suddenly decided, in 2006, to retire in favor of a family transmission. It was at this time that Peter Marino asked his daughter, Martine, to complete the renovation of the Chanel fine jewelry boutique on Place Vendôme. It was the perfect opportunity for her to satisfy her double tropism as a goldsmith and model maker: “I have always loved,” she explains, “interior design and the way in which the simple play of light can define a piece I use the same materials and the same techniques as those of jewelry: gilded bronze and rock crystal essentially And everything is handcrafted. Chanel boutiques as well as for other equally prestigious firms for which he provides interior architecture: Dior, Louis Vuitton, etc.

Martine Goossens' creations revolve between 2005 and 2012 essentially around this thematic core of arabesque, derived from her father's motifs, where rock crystal and amethyst cover with their transparency a filigree of gilded brass or contrast with the polished surface of ebony.

In line with her vocation as a sculptor and her taste for spatial planning, Martine returns to the composition of a book, the motif of the arabesque enlarging it to make it one of the elements of a chandelier. In her own words, she imagines nothing other than “a jewel in space”.

Maison Goossens, neo-Art Deco ring

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