Marc Camille Chaimowicz

Marc Camille Chaimowicz is a London-based contemporary artist whose works bridge the spheres of design practice and installation art. Chaimowicz was born in 1947 in postwar Paris to a Polish Jewish father and French Catholic mother. The family moved to England when the artist was eight years old and settled in London, where he still lives and works.

In the early 70s, Chaimowicz began creating environments which visitors could drink and converse in. Following his non-hierarchical ‘furniture philosophy’, Chaimowicz  situates pieces of furniture, either designed by himself or by others, in a space then combines them with fabrics, wallpapers and carpets. Through his spaces, Chaimowicz interrogates notions of intimacy and reframes them as states of mind. By merging the aesthetic and practical qualities of the objects in his spaces, he makes them ambiguous: chairs become sculptures and visitors sit on the sculptures like chairs. Chaimowicz’s work raises questions about public-private dichotomies, art–design boundaries and the inherent distinctions between scholarly and popular culture.