ADO CHALE

chale-beige-crystals-lamp.jpgADO CHALE

(b.1928)

 

Ado Chale developed his passion for minerals in the mid 1950s, while traveling in Germany. In 1966, he opened a small shop in Brussels, selling rare and beautiful mineral specimens. Coming from a family of craftspeople, it is no surprise that he began to design furniture and lamps incorporating specimens from his extensive collection. Some minerals were worked into mosaics, and others were used in their entirety, as in his spectacular lamps.

 

chale-black-lacquer-and-petrified-wood-table-43-in-dia-x-13-h.jpgHe also inlaid slices of petrified wood, agates, and other colorful hard-stones, such as lapis lazuli and malachite into black-lacquered low tables. He designed a table for the Dior showroom in Brussels, with the witty idea of inlaying mother-of-pearl buttons into the black lacquer. Each of his pieces is unique, as no two mineral specimens are the same. He has also designed pieces that are cast in bronze and other materials. There are more recent designs, and exist in editions of unknown quantity, so they are not unique.

 

Not only does Ado Chale have a great eye for the beautiful and unusual, he also has a great eye for design, and his furniture and other pieces are original, elegant, and beautifully proportioned.

 

chale-citrine-crystals-lam.jpgAdo Chale's works have been displayed in several museums- World Exhibition in Montreal; Musée des Beaux Arts in Nancy, France; Musée Galliera in Paris. His pieces can be found in several notable private collections, among them Liliane Bettencourt, British royalty, and King Saud of Saudi Arabia.