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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 Pyrite cabinet Wood, iron pyrite, brass H 153 / L 63,5 / P 25 cm H 60 1/4 / W 25 / D 9 7/8 inches Stamped "Kam Tin" France, 2015

  • KAM TIN Important floating Cabinet in iron pyrite 4 doors in front H 71 / L 221 / P 50 cm H 28 / W 87 / D 19 5/8 inches Stamped "Kam Tin" Wood, iron pyrite, brass (finishing) France, 2015

  • KAM TIN Turquoise chest opening by three drawers in front Wood, natural Turquoise, brass H 72 / L 120 / P 49 cm H 28 3/8 / W 47 1/4 / D 19 1/4 inches Stamped "Kam Tin" Two copies France, 2015

  • KAM TIN  Console table with a base of golden brass tubes and turquoise top plate H 80 / L 144,2 / P 39 cm H 31 1/2 / W 56 3/4 / D 15 3/8 inches France, 2012

  • KAM TIN Rectangular Mirror in Turquoise Wood, natural Turquoise, brass (frame) H 106 / L 90 / P 7 cm H 41 3/4 / W 35 3/8 / D 2 3/8 inches Stamped "Kam Tin" Two copies France, 2015

  • KAM TIN  Chandelier Polished sculpted brass H 138 / D 75 cm H 54 3/8 / D 29 1/2 inches France, 2015

  • KAM TIN Turquoise sideboard Wooden structure covered with turquoise cabochons and patinated brass top, legs and finish H 67 / L 151 / P 50 cm H W 26 3/8 / W 59 1/2 / D 19 5/8 inches France, 2013

  • KAM TIN  Console table with a base of golden brass columns and agate top plate H 80 / L 167 / P 41 cm H 31 1/2 / W 65 3/4 / D 16 1/8 inches  France, 2012

  • KAM TIN  Bedside in beech wood, lacquered, and covered with turquoise Three drawers, brass feet H 57 / L 53,5 / P 45 cm H 22 1/2 / W 21 1/8 / D 17 3/4 inches France, circa 2013

  • KAM TIN Low Turquoise Cabinet H 112,5 / L 97 / P 30,5 cm H 44 1/4 / W 38 1/4 / D 12 inches France, 2012

  • KAM TIN  Turquoise Trapezium Cabinet H 157 / L 74,5 & 84,5 cm / W 35 cm H 61 3.4 / W 33 1.4 / D 13 3.4 France, 2013

  • KAM TIN Low Pyrite Cabinet H 112,5 / L 97 / P 30,5 cm H 44 1.4 / W 38 1.4 / D 12 inches France, 2013

  • KAM TIN Cabinet in natural wood covered with turquoise cabochons H 151 / L 67 / P 26 cm H 61 / W 24 3/8 / D 10 inches France, 2014 Stamped "Kam Tin" The frame and feet are in brass The cabinet is composed of two doors in front and there are four shelves inside

  • KAM TIN Tall Amber cabinet Wooden structure covered with amber cabochons, polished brass legs and finish H 155 / L 62 / P 25 cm H 61 / W 24 3/8 / D 9 7/8 inches France, 2012 Signed on the key

  • KAM TIN Amber Cabinet Wooden structure covered with amber cabochons, polished brass legs and finish H 112,5 / L 97 / P 30,5 cm H 44 1/4 / W 38 1/4 / D 12 inches France, 2012 Signed on the key

  • KAM TIN Agate Cabinet Carnelian marquetry (red agate) on wooden structure, patinated brass legs and finish H 112,5 / L 97 / P 30,5 cm H 44 1/4 / W 38 1/4 / D 12 inches France, 2012

  • KAM TIN  Cloud tables in Brass Available in 3 different size :  H 14.18 / W 26.38 / D 20.08 inches H 12.6 / W 26.38 / D 20.08 inches H 10.24 / W 26.38 / D 20.08 inches Stamped and numbered under the base Edition of 25 pieces for each size France, 2012

  • KAM TIN Cloud tables in Copper Available in 3 different size :  H 14.18 / W 26.38 / D 20.08 inches H 12.6 / W 26.38 / D  20.08  inches H 10.24 / W 26.38 / D 20.08  inches Stamped and numbered under the base Edition of 25 pieces for each size France, 2013

  • KAM TIN Cloud tables in polished Aluminium Available in 3 different heights:  H 14.18 / W 26,38 / D 20.08  inches H 12.6 / W 26.38 / D  20.08  inches H 10.24 / W 26.38 / D 20.08  inches Stamped and numbered under the base Limited edition of 25 pieces for each size France, circa 2012

  • KAM TIN Turquoise console H 80 / L 125,5 / P 40,5 cm H 311/2 / W 49 3/8 / D 16 inches France, 2012

  • KAM TIN Serpentine console H 80 / L 125,5 / P 40,5 cm H 311/2 / W 49 3/8 / D 16 inches France, 2012