The Lalanne are sculptors. Their career was launched by the exhibition titled Zoophites in 1964 at the Galerie J. Zoomorphic works can be used as pieces of furniture. The major items in this exhibition were François-Xavier's rhinocrétaire and Claude's choupattes.
The world of fashion is charmed by their inventions. Beside the zoomorph, François-Xavier offers custom furniture in which the unconventional position and shape of cases and pots meet a functional need.
The bar in metal supplied in 1965 by François-Xavier to Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé is equipped with an ovoid bottle rack, a shaker in the shape of a cornucopia and a spherical ice bucket. It was sold in February 2009 by Christie's and Pierre Bergé et Associés for € 2.75M including premium over a lower estimate of € 200K.
The drawing board prepared from 1964 to meet the demands of Karl Lagerfeld was delivered to him in 1966. In an inspiration very similar to the YSL bar, this tray with adjustable inclination is equipped with glass and metal containers for pencils and brushes, an adjoining surface for preparing colors, a spherical storage box and a light source.
Relinquished by Lagerfeld to the decorator Jacques Grange in the 1970s, the KL table is estimated € 500K for sale by Sotheby's in Paris on May 3, lot 156.
For furniture in series, François-Xavier Lalanne remains a friend of animals. In 1967 he designs a bar whose tray centered on a removable ice bucket egg is carried in the beak by two ostriches in Sèvres porcelain. A copy assembled in 1970 was sold for € 6.2M including premium by Sotheby's on November 21, 2017 over a lower estimate of € 700K. It came from the Grange collection.
SOLD for € 750K including premium