Robert Stadler

Paris, France

Designer Robert Stadler was born in Vienna in 1966. He graduated from the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan in 1990 and from the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI) in Paris in 1994.

Stadler remained in Paris, and in 1992 he cofounded Radi Designers group, which was active until 2008. He began working independently in 2000, when he established his eponymous design studio. His work runs the gamut from furniture design and interiors to installations and exhibitions, consistently questioning our existing notions of objects’ identities as well as the lines between art and product, the serious and the absurd, and high and low aesthetics.

Notable projects include the interior designs for multiple locations of the Parisian restaurant Corso (in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013); Chair 107, a contemporary reinterpretation of Thonet’s No.14 bistro chair, originally intended for use in the Corso restaurants and now in serial production at Thonet; the Tephra Formations furniture collection, based on volcanic explosions (2009); and the Possible Furniture collection, a series of meticulously composed pieces that appear to be haphazard (2008).

Stadler’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Fondation Cartier, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, the Museum for Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna, and Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His long list of recognizable clients includes Dior, Hermès, Thonet, Académie des César, Take 5 Editions, Costes, Nissan, and Le Grand Musée du Parfum. In 2012, Stadler received the Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l’Intelligence de la main (the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for Intelligent Craftsmanship), together with the craftsmen of Parisian manufacturer Siegeair.

He is represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery and Galerie Triple V.