12-Maxmoi – René Gonne

Max & moi | René Gonne

René-Henry Gonne is since 1979 business lawyer at the Brussels Bar. After being from 2000 to the end of 2016 managing partner of the Brussels division of a US firm of the top 20, he decided to continue this activity in his own firm “Tossens Goldman Gonne”, and give himself the time to realize this functional art project applied to contemporary cabinetmaking.

René-Henry has been designing and producing since 2017 functional pieces of cabinetmaking and furniture. Self-taught, René-Henry reinterprets in a contemporary spirit, relying on the most cutting-edge techniques, noble materials known from the classical traditions of cabinetmaking, which have come out of current use: massive precious woods or thick veneers and sawn, bronzes and patinated brass, precious stones, ceramics and porcelains, leathers and lacquers, as well as materials derived from recent technologies. His creations, always very contemporary, are warm and sensual, concerned by the search for shapes and graphic effects, the importance of touch and textures and the mixing of styles, sometimes with an ethnic touch as in the sculpture table “VOYAGE” presented here, his first achievement. René-Henry has been developing for two years a research on the use in cabinetmaking of several materials such as ceramics and porcelain with high-level craftsmen, among them several “Meilleurs Ouvriers de France”.