Didier KRZENTOWSKI, born in Paris in 1954, began his career as an associate of Jean-Claude Killy of the family-owned business KILLY for around 15 years – the world leader of the skiwear domain. A passionate collector of Contemporary Art and Design, Didier and his wife Clémence founded the Agency kreo in 1992 and the Gallery kreo in 1999.
The Gallery kreo is located today in the Parisian neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Près at 31 rue Dauphine. They expose pieces of the most well-known contemporary designers, notably: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Pierre Charpin, Hella Jongerius, Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson …
Insuring the production of the designers’ research as well as exposing and selling the pieces created, the
gallery functions as a “research laboratory”, a free space for designers to create and experiment. The gallery also presents a selection of important vintage lighting, including many masterpieces by Gino
Didier Krzentowski has been collecting lights for nearly thirty years and the book edited by JP Ringier on
his collection, “The Complete Designers’ Light”, is considered a reference of the subject.
Didier is an Expert in Design and Contemporary Art, a member of the French Union of Experts (UFE) and an Assessor of Arbitration Committee and for Custom appraisals.
He regularly intervenes in the organization of exhibitions for different international institutions as well as for varied conferences (Indianapolis Museum, Musée de St Etienne, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Genève, Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Brussels’ Université de Lacambre…).
In 2012, he became a member of the Scientific comity for the Applied Arts superior diploma of National Education, with a specialty in Design. He is on the panel of judges for different schools (l’École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and l’ECAL in
Lausanne) as well as for different prizes (Grand Prix du Design of the city of Paris – Créateur de l’année prize for the Salon du Meuble in Paris – Grand Prix de Design “Design Prys” of the Bojimans Museum in Rotterdam – Grand Prix de design “Design Parade” of the Villa Noailles in Hyères, France…).
He is honored as a chevalier of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture.
Selected furniture :