Alban Ferrari - Circa 51 - "Less is more"

If Alban Ferrari rhymes with French modernity, it is probably not a coincidence. This young antique dealer defends the French design refined lines with a lot of passion. Yellow wall straight from a Salon des Artistes Décorateurs set of 1957, elegant and functional pieces will immerse you in a universe that will remind you some memories ...

What is your background ?

I have a rather un-academic background. Everything began in Toulon, in a vintage store that I built 6 years ago. I sold a little of everything, clothes, records, magazines ... from the 50s to the 80s. Initially few furniture and decorative items, then I gradually became interested in a little more specific furniture and decorative arts a little more. At one point, I wanted to specialize in this area that really appealed to me, and the best way to deal with this market was to move to Paul Bert Serpette. So I moved to Paul Bert Serpette two years ago.

Tell us about your speciality

I specialized in furniture and art objects from the 50s to the 70s, mainly French designers. My interest in French design is not a kind of snobbery or chauvinism, I like simple and refined lines, the right angles, the materials not necessarily noble but well worked, the lines without embellishment. I like the Union of the Modern Artists minimalist design.

Where does this taste for vintage come from?

When I was a child, there was that kind of furniture at my grandparents house.Tonneau chairs from Pierre Guarriche, a Gérard Guermonprez row and others 50s pieces, very modern for the period... these pieces of French furniture have marked me and have undoubtedly contributed to forge my taste I am also very interested in the culture as a whole, the art of living, the rock culture. I like to try to understand how people lived.

How do you think the staging of your booth?

I do not really reason my booth as a set, but I try to reach a harmony, without necessarily foresee everything. If I buy a piece that I like, it is very likely that it goes with the rest of the objects of my booth. The harmony was made in the 50s since all these pieces were already presented together in showrooms. I like to find old commercials representing the same sets of furniture that I make. To learn about the pieces, I do not practice really Internet, I prefer to consult period magazines that show real moods, I spend a lot of time and my eye is marked by this. 

Why did you move to Paul Bert Serpette? What does this market mean to you?

Paul Bert Serpette is the place to be if you want to specialize in a specific area. This is the market where new trends emerge and where are excellent antique dealers. When I wanted to settle down, it was Paul Bert Serpette and nowhere else. With regard to the design of the 20th and especially the 50s, this is where the market was created, it is the main pole for the market from the 50s to 70s.

Can you present us one of the pieces of your stand?

The last piece I bought is a lamppost of Joseph-André Motte, model J1, dated around 1960 and published by Disderot. It is very elegant, very functional, it lights up the room very well. Its base is in black lacquered wood, its editing is very handcrafted. It is not necessarily a very rare object, but I think it perfectly synthesizes the spirit that I wish to give to my booth.