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Numbered rocking bear,
( a series of 18 pieces )
an artistic furniture piece made by
Best Workers of France craftsmen
L 200 x P 120 x H 100 cm
Delivery time: 8 weeks
Personalize materials and dimensions
Solenne van den Broek
I am a toy and furniture designer
In my artistic quest, I explore the idea of a surreal nature that can invade our everyday lives. I designed my first piece of artistic furniture, the Icebearg bear, with all this in mind.
The Icebearg is the result of 2 years of work.
The idea was born when I was designing a toy collection and quickly wanted to make an adult-sized piece. In 2018 I was lucky to be selected by a program at the Paris Mayor’s office to manufacture the first prototype. Then a wonderful meeting with a talented woodworker and upholsterer who had been named Best Worker of France made it possible to make the daring realization of this 2-meter long bear.
Presented in a virtual exhibition on Instagram, it is only available by special order.
The Icebearg bear is manufactured in France
in collaboration with Ateliers Fayolles.
The company has a fascinating history.
It was founded 40 years ago by a craftsman who,
after having been named Best Worker of France,
eventually turned his business over to his 3 children
who also have a passion for these same crafts.
Each of them subsequently
received the same Best Worker of France honor.
This new generation that runs the company today
has modernized and perfected their trade by
working with Paris’ top names in the decoration world.
Their goal is to associate tradition with new technologies
Thus the Icebearg bear benefitted from this unique skill
between tradition and modernity
Its inside wood structure resembles
the hull of a boat,
an homage to life at sea.
The fur is available in a variety of colors and
the dimensions can be custom-made.
Each piece is numbered, signed and delivered with a certificate of authenticity.
The 18 stars of the Ursa Major
The Icebearg bear is
a series of 18 numbered pieces
corresponding to the stars of the constellation
of the Ursa Major (Great Bear)
discovered by Ptolemy.
This constellation is both a compass and a clock
for mariners and travelers
In this constellation Ursa Major,
there are 18 main stars,
the most visible which for centuries,
have received names from different civilizations.
It is from these 18 antique names
which I chose to name each of the 18 Icebearg bears.