From the passion for Art, a sense of high quality materials and respect for handcraft the Gallery owner Atossa Meier combines Contemporary Art and Design of the 21st century in her Gallery in Zurich. Artists like Mathias Kiss, Christopher Boots, Matteo Gonet etc trust the young lady her works in order to place them mostly in a private art collection or into a Living environment.
HOW THE BEST INTEGRATE ART AND DESIGN INTO A LIVING ENVIRONMENT?
AM : Art is something very personal. Either one becomes touched by a piece or not. It's like Love. I try the best to make the collectors interested by always telling the story of the individual work and of the artist to inspire and sometimes it opens up a completely new perspective. But in the end it's a personal emotion that speaks for an art work. Of course, the object will have the most effect, even if it has a suitable place in a beautiful house.
YOU LEAD A CONTEMPORARY ART AND DESIGN GALLERY IN ZURICH. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO DISCIPLINES?
AM : In my eyes, design units all art forms. The designers use themselves history of art and architecture and lead them into new, current interpretations. Like a new Life. For example the artist Pierre Gonalons goes to castle Versailles and let him inspired by old plans and reinterpret them in red marble even from the same area.
MANY SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN UTILITY VALUE. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT?
AM : I do not want to use the word use. Art is always a form of energy and is primarily there to make people happy. This also applies to the design. The Balloon chandelier by Matteo Gonet for example can be used as a luminous object but mainly it simply makes you happy.