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Art is a language, a unique form of expression that allows artists to experiment as well as for the public to have intense and new feelings. Amongst these artists that have in the 20th century known how to question the world, there is a man who, in his 96th year of age, has preserved his desire to explore and continues to work on these ways to communicate. BERNARD QUENTIN was born in 1923 in Flamicourt (Picardie, France). After the Second World War he starts to produce works that have writing as basis, assuming that the ideal form to unite people is language. During his relentless quest to conceive universal signs, he comes to make monumental pieces, but also starts using original materials or tries to establish a real “semiology” of art. Passed away in June 2020, he will have never stopped creating throughout his life, and his participation in Art for All proves once again his dedication to designing works for everyone.


The Work


“Bernard Quentin what have you just done? Well I’ve simply blown up a balloon and given it life. It’s a simple envelope that takes a shape and evolves. Since I can’t represent reality as I see it, I try in fact to apprehend in a tactile manner, the intimate rhythms, even the great cosmic rhythms and all the mystery of biology.” (Interview with Bernard Quentin, INA, 1968.)

Bernard Quentin’s researches on pneumatic struc- tures bring him to be in the 1960’s the first designer to conceive seats entirely inflatable and without holding structures. With this line of work he then develops, from 1966, the Molecul’Air idea, infla- table structures made from an agglomeration of spheres, in the manner of a cloud of atoms suscep- tible to be transformed into a piece of furniture or even a house. His Molecul’Air armchair, hybrid piece between sculpture and furniture expresses maybe better than any other work the poetry, the magic, and the futurism of Bernard Quentin’s work. Artwork imagined in 1966, its technical complexity did not permit the edition of it till today. Beyond that, its innovative strength and crazy modernity have remained intact. With the idea in mind of revealingit to the great public, the artist wished to include it in the Art For All collection just before leaving us.




2021, AERODREAM, Centre Pompidou-Metz , France
2020, Le siège se révolte, Musée Saint Quentin, Yvelines, France

Edition “ART FOR ALL” by Galerie Loft Paris
1966 – Ed. 2020
Inflatable PVC furniture
H.60 x L.150 x D.112 cm
H. of the seat : 40 cm
Edition of 600 copies
Signed below
Dim. of the box : H. 23 x L. 48 x P. 27,5 cm
Inflate & Deflate Electric Air Pump inclus (230V, Type C)


Bernard Quentin and his prototype of Molecular Armchair, 1967

Additional information

Dimensions 60 × 150 × 112 cm





Edition of 600, Edition of 600


Signed in the mold, Signed in the mold


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