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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 inflatable structures led him to become the first designer of fully inflatable seats without structures in the early 1960s. In this line, he began to develop the principle ‘Molecular’ from 1966, that inflatable structures made up of the agglomeration of spheres in the manner of a grouping of atoms are capable of transforming both into furniture and into a home. The Molecular armchair is impregnated of all the life, the rhythms and the plenitude that Bernard Quentin brings to his works. It maybe expresses, better than any other work, the poetry, the magic and the futurism of this work imagined in 1966, but has had to wait till today to be produced. This innovative force as well as its incredible maturity makes it a compulsory work for the Art For All collection.



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





Signed in the mold


Edition of 600


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