Michel Haillard
Creator of Universe

The curve that follows the development of an artistic style or movement seems to go from simplicity to complexity: The capitals of Greek columns start with the formal purity of the Doric style then move to the enrichment of the Ionic, to end up with the intricate exuberance of the Corinthian style. Early gothic leads gradually to the flamboyant style, and the neo-classical style of the Renaissance extends to the Baroque and explodes into the excessive Rococo.

Michel Haillard’s furniture could be characterised as creations of an exotic, paradoxical Baroque design. Design, which initially meant draft or drawing, and strikes a balance in French between “dessin” and “dessein” – is defined in the Robert dictionary as the “search for new forms adapted to their function.” The word Baroque is derived from the Portuguese “barroco” (rolling the r’s), which means irregular or wild pearl. Synonyms given by the Robert include: bizarre, eccentric and irregular.

Michel Haillard’s furniture manages to combine these two notions with an astonishing mastery of inspiration. Are his armchairs, chests of drawers and couches functional? Certainly so: the armchairs are thrones for tribal chiefs, dignitaries full of their own self importance or people who are fully aware of the value of due decorum; the chests of drawers are caskets for documents or valuables and secrets; the sofas can only accommodate couples with as tousled, yet externally controlled passions, as the symmetrical and balanced tangle of their forms and constituent elements.
Michel Haillard has been collecting these elements for years as they surfaced during his explorations and investigations.

Exploration is the right word because of what his calls his “tribale pursuite” (an eccentric term that reflects perfectly the character of his works): both wild (because pleasantly perverted) and playful (because it does not exclude humour to the second degree). Haillard combines the indisputable natural dimension of his materials – corns or tusks of different origin, skins of leopard, crocodiles and zebras which have already delighted several generations of hunts – with a whimsical spirit, unbridled imagination, a manifest nostalgia for pomp and irony. His ‘pursuit’ is concurrently a coherent, deliberately extended creation of the unexpected, the unusual, while being tribal by its haughty, aristocratic character, retaining all the while an underlying, non-confessed awareness of excess.

Michel Haillard is (look at his picture) a rather giggling Viking who has emerged from his mists, stunned by the multicolour effects of the fleeces and horns of exotic animals, all the more fascinating as they are strictly ‘natural’. Is he an artist or simply an ‘assembler’? Unquestionably an artist, owing to his ever so personal way of transmuting objects of nature that fall into his hands, subjecting them to new functions (Marcel Duchamp could be his uncle) and, instead of de-naturing them, vesting them with an unsuspected functional nobility. In his work, two styles, two sources of inspiration, two uses of an artistic creation meet, finding their agreement and unity in the phantasmagorical vision of an artist who, instead of yielding to the imperatives of his materials, bends them to the piercing quality of his creative mind.

Wim Toebosch
Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art


1959 / 23 octobre, naissance de Michel Haillard à Saint-Denis (93).

1971-1993 /Début d’une grande passion pour les objets et la sculpture.

1976-1979 /Ecole supérieure des Arts Modernes, section Décoration puis Publicité, Paris.

1979-1980 / Maquettiste pour la publicité (Saphir-New print).

1980-1987 / Dessinateur humoristique free lance (Philips, Virgule, Help, fondamental, etc.).

1984 / Premier film d’animation pour la Scremm (Crédit Agricole).

1984-1987 / Réalisation et scénarii de nombreux films/vidéos d’animation institutionnels (Crédit Agricole, Télécoms, Câbles de Lyon, Cité des sciences de Paris, etc.) Trois prix au Festival du film d’entreprise de Biarritz
1987-91 / Création, réalisation et scénarii de la série de dessins animés Sharky et Georges (104 épisodes).

1992 / Première exposition de sculptures au Village Saint-Paul à Paris.

1992-1998 / Se consacre simultanément à l’écriture de dessins animés, à la sculpture et à la création de mobilier.

Depuis 1998 / Se consacre exclusivement à l’activité plastique. Collaborations diverses avec de nombreux décorateurs dont Philippe Stark (Hotel Sanderson, Londres, Clift hotel , San Francisco) Depuis quelques années, son travail s’oriente vers la conception et la réalisation « d’ensembles-univers » complets.


Exposition permanente à la Galerie Nataf, Paris.
Exposition collective chez PMCO Style, Paris. Hôtel Sanderson Londres.

Exposition permanente à la Galerie Omagh, Paris.
Galerie Bellecour, Lyon.
Galerie The Link, Singapour.
Galerie SB Interior, Marbella.
Galerie Flemming, Atlanta.
Galerie Louise Bradley, Londres.

Galerie Too Dumb Blondes, Gstaad.
Exposition personnelle à la M Gallery, Brussels.
2004 Exposition permanente : M Gallery, Brussels.
Galerie Dunhill, Paris.

Galerie Omagh, Paris.
M Gallery, Bruxelles.
Galerie Dunhill, Paris.
Pavillon des Tuileries, avec la galerie Omagh, Paris.
Invité d’honneur au Salon d’Automne, Paris.
Moscow World Fine Art Fair, avec la galerie Omagh, Moscou. 2006
Salon » La Réserve » Knokke avec M Gallery, Bruxelles. Galerie Omagh, Paris.
Siège du cirque du Soleil, Montréal.

Galerie Omagh, Paris.
M Gallery, Bruxelles.
Réalisation de projets particuliers en Russie.

Galerie Omagh, Paris
Salon Maison et objets, Paris.

Galerie Lorenz Bach, Gstaad.
Galerie Omagh, Paris.
Maison et objets.
Volkhonka fine art center, Moscou.

Galerie Omagh, Paris.
Salon Adihex Abu Dhabi.

Galerie Omagh, Paris.
Eurantica fine art and antics fair, Bruxelles.
Galerie La Plantation, Beijing.

Galerie Stephan Woelk, Saint-Paul de Vence.
Galerie Omagh, Paris.
La Plantation, Beijing.
Orangerie des Musées de Sens, Michel Bohbot, de l’art au livre, exposition collective.

La Plantation, exposition personnelle, Beijing.
Orangerie des Musées de Sens, Indiens & Eskimos, exposition collective. Art postal art posté, médiathèque municipale de Bussy Saint Georges, Green desert, Abu Dhabi.
Sculpture monumentale, Genesis Khan,Ernhot, Mongolie intérieure.

Galerie ProArt, Dubaï.
Dany Art Design, Paris.
Pacific Compagnie, Paris.
La Plantation, Beijin.
Fashion Week avec Share Sprit, Paris.
Le Bois des Fées, Vergoignan (Gers).

African Queen, Springfield USA
Dany Art Design, Paris
Pacific Compagnie, Paris
La Plantation, Beijin
The Sculpture Park, England
La Cave Show Room Gallery, Paris
Expo Galerie Objets interdits, Paris

Workshop views



Tribale poursuite
de Michel Haillard, Renaud Seigmann,
Jean Luc Cormier et Edgard Teboul

Broché: 117 pages
Editeur : Alternatives (11 octobre 2000)
Langue : Français
ISBN-10: 2862272477
ISBN-13: 978-2862272474

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Michel Haillard
Edition bilingue français-anglais de Renaud Siegmann, Jean-Luc Cormier, Philippe Starck et David Macey

Relié: 120 pages
Editeur : Cercle d’Art (1 décembre 2007)
Langue : Anglais
ISBN-10: 270220855X
ISBN-13: 978-2702208557

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Trônes & Parures
de Michel Haillard
et Séverine Messier

Relié: 24 pages
Editeur : Michel Haillard
Langue : Français