Young and very enthusiastic antique dealer, Julien Spitzer thirsts for knowledge. Clear and refined lines, its booth is a reflection of a strong personality, where great designers pieces and furnitures crush coexist.
What is your background ?
As a child, I spent my weekends at Les Puces. My father being an antique dealer, I have been immersed in this universe since my earliest childhood, yet I was not attracted to this job at all. After having played high-level sport until I was 18, I worked a little in pharmaceutical distribution. Then my father offered me to come and learn the trade of antique dealer at his side. I started by cultivating myself on Art Nouveau and Art Deco and then became interested in the 50’s - 60’s - 70’s. I first worked a little with my father, and right after, I had a shop with a friend for two years. Then I worked directly with decorators or clients who had particular requests. I then came back here and took a booth.
I started doing this job without really realizing it. This was done step by step, I accumulated knowledge by documenting and accompanying other dealers in expertise. It is a long-term job and we quickly find ourselves working 7 days a week.
What is your speciality?
I present furniture and lighting from the 50's to the 70's. I could not explain my interest for those years, it is above all a feeling. I like the beautiful refined lines of this period. There must be a feeling with the object. Obviously, I like the big listed designers, but I can also present pieces from anonymous designers. I am attentive to the line, the touch, the crush.
What does Paul Bert Serpette represent for you?
Currently, it's the best market. Paul Bert Serpette is a trends prescriber where the largest antique dealers are present and the greatest decorators come to supply. It is also the place where the stars like walking.
Which piece of your booth would you like to highlight?
I have a set of Luigi Gorgoni, a Milanese architect, from 1974. It includes a table, two chairs, a bench and a coffee table, all in elm wood. These pieces do not look like his usual work, they have a very beautiful sculptural and brutalist line. We are used to seeing French pieces quite similar but much more rarely Italian ones.
How do you consider your job in the future?
It's a business in constant evolution. It's been about 4 years since I moved to Paul Bert Serpette and I see myself staying there. It takes a long time to become a confirmed dealer and the particularity of this job is that we learn every day. I think this job still holds me some nice surprises.