Born in France, interior designer and design publisher Emma Donnersberg left Europe and moved to the United States in 2000 to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree at Tulane University, New Orleans. She subsequently graduated from Parson’s School of Design in New York with a focus on interior design. With offices in Paris and New York City, Donnersberg has built an international clientele, and has completed numerous, acclaimed interior design projects in both Europe and North America.
Donnersberg’s cohesive design vocabulary translates in her Editions Donnersberg; a comprehensive design catalogue of pieces informed by artisanal dexterity and the designer’s ongoing collaboration with artists and artisans across Europe, such as the ‘Cèpes’ series of unique ceramic stools created in collaboration with master-ceramicist Karen Swami, or Donnersberg’s long-standing collaboration with architect/designer Michel Amar. For Donnersberg’s most recent work with Amar – the ‘Canyon’ editions of stone tables - Courbet introduced the duo to the stone carvers of Ateliers Saint-Jacques. Today, the Donnersberg Editions represents a comprehensive body of work inspired by Europe’s ongoing craftsmanship traditions and the artist’s ongoing collaborations with revered artisans across Europe.
Their shared commitment to master-craftsmanship ethos and collaborative approach have brought Donnersberg and Ateliers Courbet founder Melanie Courbet together. A longstanding friend and collaborator of the gallery, Donnersberg is who brought Michel Amar’s editions to Ateliers Courbet and more recently initiated the collaboration between Courbet and master-ceramicist Karen Swami. Courbet and Donnersberg’s ongoing dialogue has resulted in the latest Donnersberg Editions’ series ‘Penzai’; a limited edition of sculptural, morpheus tables and lights that were hand-modeled and sculpted by Chilean artist Abel Carcamo under Donnersberg’s creative direction, and later cast in bronze and hand-patinated by the bronzesmiths of Fonderie Fusion — David de Gourcuff’s esteemed art foundry based in Auvergne, France.
Based in Paris, esteemed architect and discreet artist Michel Amar has designed and built confidential interiors and elegant hotels particuliers for a private clientele – built up by word of mouth – for over 25 years.
In parallel to these private residences, Amar’s work is known to the broader public through such hand-picked hospitality projects as the Hotel Elysees in Paris, Le Royal Hotel, and Restaurant il Vino in the 7th Arrondissement.
Shown for the first time in the United States at Les Ateliers Courbet, his Objets d’Art collection includes elegant furniture, lighting, and decorative pieces, each reflecting the artist’s passion for the material, and emphasized by impeccable and painstaking craftsmanship.
The simplicity and sensuous silhouettes are hand-carved in marble and onyx, or cast in masculine, heavy-weight and textured materials. Together, these materialities create a cohesive and timeless collection. Amar works closely with some of the most highly regarded marble manufacturers and foundries of the French capital, including Les Marbreries de Seine and la Fonderie Chapon. With their close collaboration, Amar is able to synthesize forward-thinking design with centuries-old techniques perfected through generations of experience and experimentation.