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KAM TIN

BIOGRAPHY

Turquoise, pyrite, amber, agates… Nothing is too rare to adorn the creations of the brand of the "meubles bijoux". Created in the 70s in Hong Kong, Kam Tin published very few pieces before stopping its production. It took a turquoise chest to cross paths with Philippe Rapin for the magic to work again. The Quai Voltaire's art dealer developed a passion for his treasures while traveling in Hong Kong and decided to buy the brand. His expertise in decorative art, his taste for the eclectic and contemporary style gave rise to new collections. The first pieces, turquoise or amber cabinets, met great interest among collectors. In October 2012, a turquoise floating cabinet is sold more than 200 000 US dollars at Christie's.
New creations will follow: brass and copper cloud tables, small side tables bronze decorated with turquoise inlay or tiger eye, pyrite enfilades , turquoise bedside or masterful brass chandelier. Those exceptional single or limited edition, are made by artisans/goldsmiths in Philippe Rapin's workshop in Germany.

Today, Kam Tin is illustrated in international fairs (Paris, London, Hong Kong, Beijing) and major auction houses (Christie's London and NY, HK Sotheby's, Bonhams London Arcurial and Piasa in Paris).

WORK

  • Amber Collection

    AMBER COLLECTION

  • Pyrite Collection

    PYRITE COLLECTION

    This particular mineral, similar to steel, is made of amazing geometrical shapes: small cubes, as if sculpted into the metal. Usually, the major part of these pyrites comes from Peru, Italia or Slovakia. At extraction, the stones appear as a mix of chaotic forms. However, senior Pedro’s mine in Spain produces cubic pyrite of incredibly perfect shapes. This is the one exclusively selected and used for KAM TIN’s creations, displayed at many international art fairs.

    These stones, declined in several sizes from 5 millimeters to 5 centimeters, are assembled with great dexterity by KAM TIN workshop in Germany, under Philippe Rapin’s direction. There, a true workmanship transforms the stones into a spectacular mirrored design.

    With KAM TIN, the pyrites, taken out of the shadows, become cabinets, sideboards, lamps, consoles, nightstands and more. This fairy furniture, crossing every oceans, is collected by great interior designers and collectors. The pure and simple lines of this unique and timeless creation are a match made in heaven for both contemporary aesthetics and historical pieces.

    WORK

  • Turquoise Collection

    TURQUOISE COLLECTION

  • Cloud tables

    Kam Tin's Cloud tables, created by Philippe Rapin in 2012, are available in brass, aluminum , copper or in black and white.

  • Serkan Cura

    FEATHER COLLECTION by SERKAN CURA

    Il aura fallu près de 9300 heures de travail pour que le premier meuble en plumes de Serkan Cura puisse prendre son envol.

    Née de l’imaginaire de l’artiste plumassier et de son association avec Maison Rapin, ce meuble entièrement habillé de plumes de coq (naturellement tombées de mue) est un petit bijou digne des cabinets de curiosités les plus fous.

    « J’avais en tête d’habiller des meubles en plumes » s’amuse Serkan et c’est la rencontre avec Philippe Rapin qui a rendu le rêve possible. Véritable changement de cap après les robes de haute couture de Jean Paul Gaultier et les défilés de Victoria Secret ! Un vrai pari comme Serkan aime les relever depuis ses 13 ans !

    Natif d’ Anvers il grandit à Bruxelles. Là, il découvre sur le marché aux puces de La place du jeu de balle près de chez lui, un oiseau de paradis. 

    C’est l’ émerveillement et la naissance d’une passion. 

    Il apprend à coudre, crée des chapeaux, des corsets, s’intéresse à la fourrure avant d’intégrer la prestigieuse Académie Royale d’Anvers, puis les ateliers d’Olivier Strelli qui lui donne sa chance et enfin, suprême consécration, la maison Jean Paul Gaultier en septembre 2007. « J’ai beaucoup appris auprès de Monsieur Gaultier, pendant plus de quatre ans j’ai mis mes mains au service de ses créations ».

    En 2011, il rachète le stock d’une grande maison de plumasserie et crée son entreprise, en toute indépendance. Les robes imaginées pour ses illustres clientes star resteront un secret… Serkan Cura aime la discrétion, la gentillesse et l’harmonie. Et, c’est au fond d’une charmante cour du Marais qu’il a crée son nid. Un atelier pas comme les autres où il met en scène ses inspirations et empilent des boites de toutes origines contenant les plumes des plus beaux specimens !

    Autant de trésors qui orneront bientôt des créations d'exception. 

    WORK

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  • KAM TIN Alga Octopus stool Patinated bronze legs, wooden seating structure covered with velvet Limited edition of 50 pieces Signed and numbered H 56 cm / Diameter 39 cm H 22.05 inches / Diameter 15.35 inches France, 2021

  • KAM TIN Silver Octopus stool Silver patinated legs, wooden seating structure covered with velvet Limited edition of 50 pieces Signed and numbered H 56 cm / Diameter 39 cm H 22.05 inches / Diameter 15.35 inches France, 2021

  • SERKAN CURA for KAM TIN Pheasant feathers triptych Wooden panels, polished brass frames, pheasant feathers each panel : 19.69 x 19.69 inches Unique piece exhibited during the parisian event  "Les 5 jours de l'Objet Extraordinaire", june 9th - 13th 2021 France, 2021

  • KAM TIN Miroir Alga  Designed by Philippe Rapin Patinated brass, mirrored glass 55.91 x 36.61 inches France, 2021

  • KAM TIN White Cloud table Lacquered steel H 12.21 x W 26 x D 19.69 inches Limited edition of 25 pieces Stamped "KAM TIN" and numbered France, 2015

  • KAM TIN White Cloud table White lacquered steel H 9.85 x W 26 x D 19.69 inches Limited edition of 25 pieces Stamped "KAM TIN" and numbered France, 2015

  • KAM TIN Black Cloud table Lacquered steel H 13.8 x W 26 x D 19.69 inches Limited edition of 25 pieces Stamped "KAM TIN" and numbered France, 2015

  • KAM TIN Amber cabinet Wooden structure covered with amber cabochons, external structure and legs made with patinated brass, interior made with sycamore H 46.9 x W 48.8 x D 18.5 inches Stamped "K" on the key Limited edition of two pieces France, 2020

  • KAM TIN Paire of side tables Malachite marquetry top, stainless steel structure H 14.6 inches / D 23.6 inches France, 2020

  • SERKAN CURA for KAM TIN "Feather" cabinet Wooden cabinet with patinated brass finish, covered with a hand made rooster feathers marquetry Interior gilded with leaf Unique piece H 170 x W 59 x D 26 cm H 66.93 x W 23.23 x D 10.24 inches France, circa 2020

  • KAM TIN Coffee table Jade marquetry top on polished bronze and brass structure H 28 x W 60 x D 48 cm H 11.03 x W 23.63 x D 18.9 inches  Limited edition of 25 pieces Stamped and numbered France, 2020

  • KAM TIN Coffee table Jade marquetry top on polished bronze and brass structure H 34 x W 60 x D 48 cm H 13.39 x W 23.63 x D 18.9 inches Limited edition of 25 pieces Stamped and numbered France, 2020

  • KAM TIN Palm tree wall light Patinated bronze and patinated brass H 84,6 x W 55,1 x D 9,8 inches H 215 x W 140 x D 25 cm France, 2019

  • KAM TIN Vase Solid silver and turquoise cabochons France, 2019

  • KAM TIN Pyrite nightstand Wooden structure covered with pyrite, polished brass leg, three drawers Stamped "Kam Tin" H 18,7 x W 21,2 x D 17,7 inches H 47,5 x W 54 x D 45 cm France, 2019

  • KAM TIN "Octopus" stool Patinated bronze legs covered with velvet mohair Limited edition of 50 pieces Signed and numbered France, 2020 H 59 / D 39 cm H 23,2 / D 15,4 inches

  • KAM TIN Turquoise side table Turquoise marquetry top, polished bronze and brass leg and finish H 58 x L 65 x W 54 cm H 22,8 x W 25,6 x D 21,3 inches France, 2015 Limited edition of 25 pieces

  • KAM TIN Pyrite sideboard Wooden structure covered with pyrite marquetry, brass finish H 28.3 x W 86.6 x D 19.6 inches France , 2019 Unique piece Stamped "K"

  • KAM TIN Cabinet / Bar turquoise Turquoise cabochons, lacquered wood, gold leaf, brass Stamped "K" H 162 x W 95 x D 43 cm H 63.7 x W 37.4 x D 16.9 inches France, 2019 Unique piece

  • SOLD KAM TIN Coffee table Jade Jade, bronze, brass H 36 x W 110 x D 90 cm H 14,7 x W 43,3 x D 35,4 inches France, 2019 Unique piece

  • KAM TIN Coral mirror Frame made with white opal glass, and red coral from Mediterranean sea, mirrored glass H 94 x W 78 cm H 37 x W 30,7 inches France, 2017 Limited edition of 2 pieces