• “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

    - William Morris

     

    To design a house out of a painting. It is what Felipe Pantone and Pablo Limón set out to do with this genre-bending presentation, where they aim to breed art for art’s sake with the more pragmatic disciplines of design and architecture. Beyond a mere exhibition, Casa Variable is an unusual, beautiful, compelling statement on the incorporation of art with our lives.

  • Casa Variable, Art and Architecture Complete by Magda Danysz Born from the pooling of the skills, inspirations and dreams of...

    Felipe Pantone, Casa Variable Floor Plan 1, collaboration with Pablo Limón, 2021, ink on paper, 118 x 84 cm

    Casa Variable, Art and Architecture Complete by Magda Danysz


    Born from the pooling of the skills, inspirations and dreams of artist Felipe Pantone and designer Pablo Limón, ‘Casa Variable’ is a work of art and an architectural project... But it is also much more. It is at the same time a device, a series of principles, an exhibition, a journey and a house to live in. The artistic project unfolds here in the form of an exhibition - a tangible experience - which in line with the activatable integral pieces of artists such as Sol LeWitt leads us both to conceive mentally and to experience the making of a private house.


    This house stems from an original work by Felipe Pantone. An initial seed, this two-dimensional painting is representative of the work of Felipe Pantone. From this embryo were born floorplans, then a three-dimensional perspective and a model, as if the starting work was the aerial view of the project. The major aspect that has evolved is the scale. The shapes and colors remain the same, without ever betraying the art of Felipe Pantone both in its graphic language and its chromatic vibrations. In this experience where art is transformed into architecture, the abstraction of Felipe Pantone stands out as both the initial inspiration and the challenge to overcome. Enriched in contact with Pablo Limón, the work becomes functional both in its entirety and in the details. The mosaic swimming pool is visible from above, while furniture, chairs and rugs are deployed inside the house, in harmony with everything. We realize that these details were most likely already inscribed in the matrix of the original painting, but its abstraction served as a metaphor for a plan just waiting to come to life.

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  • In his work Felipe Pantone stands out as a worthy heir to the 20th century optico-kinetic precursors. With the 'Casa...

    Felipe Pantone, Chromadynamica Circular Rug, collaboration with Pablo Limon, 2021, 100% wool, 220 cm in diameter

    In his work Felipe Pantone stands out as a worthy heir to the 20th century optico-kinetic precursors. With the 'Casa Variable' project, the anchoring in the history of art goes back even further, echoing the notion of Total Art that emerged in the 19th century and probably laid the foundations of modernity in art.


    ‘Total Art’ or ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ in German, as theorized then, aims to encompass several creative forms. It already fascinated the essayist Tradndorff in 1827, as well as his contemporary Wagner, as a form of search for an absolute ideal in the aesthetic field. In his two essays, written in 1849, ‘Art and Revolution’ and ‘Work of the Future’, Wagner writes about "the accomplishment of works of the future" and underlines his dream of bringing together all forms of art, through theater in his case.


    The Gesamtkunstwerk is based on broad values, and even beliefs, which irrigate our world more broadly. The creators who adopted it favor collaboration between artists and different forms of expression with the avowed aim of creating environments, whether physical, made of sounds or other creative ways, with the potential to build a more equitable and perhaps utopian society.


    Thanks to Felipe Pantone and Pablo Limón, the visual and chromatic value of what surrounds us is also here put at the service of a total project. More than a work of art, it is also about creating real architecture, a real home to live in. Or, conversely, to build a house, which is activated like a real work of art ... ‘Casa Variable’ aims at creating a fair and consistent unity. But what is being consistent these days? In its form, ‘Casa Variable’ aligns art and architecture with precision. The project also touches on the values that are shaking the planet, from integrity to environmental sustainability through collaboration, but also questioning the intellectual values of art.

    ‘Casa Variable’ is an experience to be lived, that is felt physically. The union between the work and the metaphor it carries brings together art, architecture and even design in an extremely coherent way. Rarely in the Gesamtkunstwerk has painting been the trigger for such an experience, the completion of which, it should be noted, will be effective with the construction of the Casa Variable. ◼︎

  • a story of two men

    Felipe Pantone, Subtractive Variability Chair #2, collaboration with Pablo Limón, 2021, UV paint on PMMA, 70 x 41 x 35 cm

    a story of two men

    The project Casa Variable was born out of an ongoing conversation between Felipe Pantone, the artist, and Pablo Limón, the designer, two friends who have long wanted to merge their respective fields and creative vision into a joint project. This is now a reality with this one-of-a-kind transmedia exhibition presented at Danysz gallery - Paris. A conceptual tour de force where Pantone’s prismatic colors and geometry meet Limón’s sleek design and brutalist architecture. “I wanted to do something different,” says Pantone, “to take a new approach, try different things, and Pablo was the perfect person to work with.”

     

    “Because of Pablo’s background he took me around to see design and architecture shows. It was a shared passion for architecture, design and art, so we’ve always wanted to have a project together.”

    - Felipe Pantone

  • An all-embracing work of art

    Felipe Pantone, Chromadynamica #133, 2021, UV paint on PMMA, 150 x 330 cm

    An all-embracing work of art

    “Carlos Cruz-Diez always talked about living in art,” says Pantone. Casa Variable is to be the embodiment of this concept, with the ambition to create an all-embracing work of art in which everything would be pointing to the same aesthetic ideal, from the furniture to the swimming pool, to the mailbox and even the door handles. Key element in the exhibition, a model of the house presents to the visitor what the actual casa would look like in its final form. Blueprints for each section of the building are also part of the exhibition, “so that people who come to the show,” says Limón, “will have proof that the project is not a fantasy but something realizable.”

     

    “We definitely need to build this house. I mean Pablo has a whole team of architects, and they’ve been designing every part of it.”

    - Felipe Pantone

    • Felipe Pantone Optichromie #139, 2021 Enamel and UV paint on aluminum composite panel 100 x 200 cm 39 3/8 x 78 3/4 in
      Felipe Pantone
      Optichromie #139, 2021
      Enamel and UV paint on aluminum composite panel
      100 x 200 cm
      39 3/8 x 78 3/4 in
    • Felipe Pantone Subtractive Variability Circular #10 , 2021 UV paint on PMMA Diameter 150 cm Diameter 59 in
      Felipe Pantone
      Subtractive Variability Circular #10 , 2021
      UV paint on PMMA
      Diameter 150 cm
      Diameter 59 in
    • Felipe Pantone, Chromadynamica Circular Rug, collaboration with Pablo Limon, 2021
      Felipe Pantone, Chromadynamica Circular Rug, collaboration with Pablo Limon, 2021
    • Felipe Pantone, Painting, courtesy Danysz gallery
      Felipe Pantone
      Chromadynamica Manipulable #17, 2021
      UV paint on aluminum composite panel
      105 x 215 cm
      41 3/8 x 84 5/8 in
    • Felipe Pantone, Chromadynamica Painting, courtesy Danysz gallery
      Felipe Pantone
      Chromadynamica #133, 2021
      UV paint on PMMA
      150 x 330 cm
      59 1/8 x 129 7/8 in
    • Felipe Pantone Chromadynamica #59, 2018 Spray paint on aluminum panel 180 x 50 cm 70 7/8 x 19 3/4 in
      Felipe Pantone
      Chromadynamica #59, 2018
      Spray paint on aluminum panel
      180 x 50 cm
      70 7/8 x 19 3/4 in
    • Felipe Pantone Chromadynamica Dimensional 4, 2021 UV paint on aluminum 200 x 120 x 120 cm 78 3/4 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in
      Felipe Pantone
      Chromadynamica Dimensional 4, 2021
      UV paint on aluminum
      200 x 120 x 120 cm
      78 3/4 x 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in
    • Felipe Pantone Integration System #6, 2018 Enamel and UV ink on aluminum composite panel 163 x 36 cm 64 1/8 x 14 1/8 in
      Felipe Pantone
      Integration System #6, 2018
      Enamel and UV ink on aluminum composite panel
      163 x 36 cm
      64 1/8 x 14 1/8 in
  • Art and architecture, constraints and possibilities
    Felipe Pantone, Planned Iridescence #57, 2021, UV paint on PMMA and anodized aluminum,110 x 80 cm

    Art and architecture, constraints and possibilities

    A hybrid undertaking, Casa Variable presented a unique challenge to both artists. For Limón it was “to find out how to make Felipe’s world and vision into something functional.” The designer had to ensure that the project would comply with all the rules of design and architecture, laying down constraints on Pantone’s freedom of creation. But constraints can often inspire and stimulate, something that Pantone is well-aware of. The artist is known for crossover collaborations with wildly different brands, often revisiting items such as cars, watches, cognac bottles or bicycles. “Constraints always give me new ideas,” he says. With Casa Variable, one of such ideas was to make his work visible on Google Earth or Google Maps - assuming the house gets built - where someone familiar with the style of the Argentine-Spanish artist would be able to make the connection. “That is the basis of this project: seeing my work from above and realizing that it is a house.”

     

     

  • “As a designer, to me art is something that is not tangible. Design is something tangible, it has some rules, dimensions are justified, we have standard sizes... the challenge was to find out how to make Felipe’s world and vision into something functional and real.”

    - Pablo Limón

    • Felipe Pantone and Pablo Limon, Chair #1, courtesy Danysz gallery
      Felipe Pantone
      Subtractive Variability Chair #1, collaboration with Pablo Limon, 2021
      UV paint on PMMA
      70 x 35 x 41 cm
      27 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 16 1/8 in
      Edition of 8
    • Felipe Pantone and Pablo Limon, Chair #2, courtesy Danysz gallery
      Felipe Pantone
      Subtractive Variability Chair #2, collaboration with Pablo Limon, 2021
      UV paint on PMMA
      70 x 35 x 41 cm
      27 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 16 1/8 in
      Edition of 8
    • Felipe Pantone Planned Iridescence #41, 2019 UV ink on PMMA 100 x 150 cm 39 3/8 x 59 1/8 in
      Felipe Pantone
      Planned Iridescence #41, 2019
      UV ink on PMMA
      100 x 150 cm
      39 3/8 x 59 1/8 in
    • Felipe Pantone, painting, courtesy Danysz gallery
      Felipe Pantone
      Planned Iridescence #57, 2021
      UV paint on PMMA and anodized aluminum
      110 x 80 cm
      43 1/4 x 31 1/2 in
    • Felipe Pantone and Pablo Limon, Lamp, courtesy Danysz gallery
      Felipe Pantone
      Lamp, collaboration with Pablo Limon, 2021
      UV ink, PMMA, engraved aluminum
      160 x 20 x 20 cm
      63 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in
      Edition of 8
    • Felipe Pantone Casa Variable Floor Plan 1, collaboration with Pablo Limon, 2021 Ink on paper 118 x 84 cm 46 1/2 x 33 1/8 in Edition of 300
      Felipe Pantone
      Casa Variable Floor Plan 1, collaboration with Pablo Limon, 2021
      Ink on paper
      118 x 84 cm
      46 1/2 x 33 1/8 in
      Edition of 300
    • Felipe Pantone and Pablo Limon, Casa Variable Plan A-11, courtesy Danysz gallery
      Felipe Pantone
      Casa Variable Plans, A-11_DETALLES ARQUITECTÓNICOS, collaboration with Pablo Limon, 2021
      Ink on paper
      42 x 29 cm
      16 1/2 x 11 3/8 in
    • Felipe Pantone and Pablo Limon, Mail Post, courtesy Danysz gallery
      Felipe Pantone
      Mail Post, Collaboration with Pablo Limon , 2021
      Engraved aluminum
      120 x 32 x 32 cm
      47 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 in
  • The many facets of Felipe Pantone

    Felipe Pantone, Subtractive Variability Circular #10, 2021, UV paint on PMMA, 150 cm in diameter

    The many facets of Felipe Pantone

    Never has an exhibition presented the language of Felipe Pantone in so many facets, crystallising the artist’s preoccupations with the color spectrum, with movement and transformation into that many shapes, scales and materials. Think, of course, paintings and sculptures. Think also chairs, table, lamp, carpet… A willingness to embrace a variety of mediums, and a desire to make art and everyday life coincide that are very much in line with the early vision of Op-art pioneers like Victor Vasarely, Carlos Cruz-Diez or Yaacov Agam, Pantone’s spiritual fathers, who in their time also made tremendous contributions to design and architecture. 

  • Felipe Pantone was born in 1986 in Buenos Aires and grew up in the south of Spain. He studied Fine...
    photo Alessio Mose

    Felipe Pantone was born in 1986 in Buenos Aires and grew up in the south of Spain. He studied Fine Arts in Leeds and Valencia. His work has long been exhibited by Danysz Gallery and by prestigious international institutions such as the Long Beach Museum in the United States, the Museum of Art and History of Lancaster in England, the ArtScience Museum in Singapore, or the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. His collaborations with commercial brands include projects with Alpine, Puma, Samsung or Hennessy. He lives in Valencia, Spain.

  • Pablo Limón is the co-founder and creative director of the digital studio NEWNEWNEW and of the branding and architectural SAVVY...

    Pablo Limón is the co-founder and creative director of the digital studio NEWNEWNEW and of the branding and architectural SAVVY STUDIO, as well as the founder of the design studio PLDO, which focuses on functionality, analysis, materials, visual values and sustainability. Through all these endeavours, Limón has had extensive collaborations with brands such as Zara, Calvin Klein, The North Face, or Timberland. He is based in Madrid and Mexico City. 

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