A book on the decorative objects designed by Robert Goossens. Goossens is best known for his jewellery designs for the great haute couture houses of the twentieth century such as Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior. This catalogue from the gallery Maison Rapin brings together a collection of his designs for mirrors, lights, tables, and objects such as a chess set, a talisman tree, and an alarm clock for Yves Saint Laurent.
Robert Goossens (30 January 1927 – 7 January 2016) was a French jeweller who became known as Monsieur Bijou. The son of a metal foundry worker, he was born in Paris, France. In his younger years, he served an apprenticeship in jewelry making, perfecting the techniques of casting, engraving, and embossing semi-precious and simulated stones into gold and silver metals. In his decades of creating fine jewelry, Goossens mixed the genuine stones with the fakes, a blend of the artificial gems with the semi-precious for clients including Coco Chanel, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Madame Grès, Christian Dior and others.