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Antoine Dufilho

Mercedes W196 Streamliner

Antoine Dufilho

Mercedes W196 Streamliner

“Sequential” is an avant-garde exhibit of automotive works by the talented French sculptor Antoine Dufilho. In this collection, Dufilho merges his passion for cars with principles from his studies in medicine and architecture, creating modern sculptures accentuating the classic curves of coveted automobiles.
Working completely out of his workshop situated in the Northern part of France, Dufilho manually builds each masterpiece by hand. Using local resources, he incorporates materials from vendors within a 30 km radius of his studio for his projects.

Intended to run on high-speed race tracks like Monza or Silverstone, the Mercedes W196 Streamliner is represented by Dufilho by a succession of stainless steel and ebony plates which materialize the speed of this legendary racing car.

Lead time: 12 weeks

28‘000 CHF

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Mercedes W196 Streamliner

Dufilho’s educational background in architecture and medicine provides a conceptual foundation in which his innovative artworks are established. During his medical studies he was drawn to anatomy and the complex structures that are essentially hidden by skin while his architectural education taught him technical skills, introduced him to the history of art, and a new way of thinking.

Working completely out of his workshop, constructed with shipping containers and situated in the Northern part of France in a town named Quesnoy-sur-Deule, Dufilho manually builds each masterpiece by hand. Over time the studio has grown into a playground for his artistic inventions and is equipped with all the necessary machinery from an assortment of belt sanders with a sanding cabin and industrial polisher to a painting booth, manual lathe, industrial hand milling machine and every type of welding machine imaginable.

Using local resources, Dufilho incorporates materials from vendors within a 30 km radius of his studio for his projects. The only work he subcontracts is the laser cutting of the metal plates and the remaining artisanship is completed by the talented hands of the artist himself. Dufilho shares, “The material that I use the most is metal because it is an element that allows me a freedom to add or subtract. Metal also has the advantage of being eternal unlike composite materials.” He continues, “Wood remains the most pleasant material to work with and brings interesting natural colors and designs while it is also still present in automobiles today.”

For Dufilho, each project brings its own challenges in workmanship, manufacturing time completely varying from one model to another. The wooden iterations are the longest, taking two to three times longer than the others due to the laborious manual work.

Mercedes W196 Streamliner

The Creator

Antoine Dufilho

After studying architecture and medicine, Antoine Dufilho’s passion for art and automobiles led him to an enterprising new career in sculpture. He is surrounded by a close family filled with diverse and creative talents such as architecture, painting, and sculpting. His father is a surgeon and his great uncle is Jacques Dufilho, a famous French actor and producer. “During my childhood, the summers at my grandfather's house were largely devoted to making sculptures from clay harvested from his farm,” remembers Dufilho. It is not surprising Dufilho eventually found his knack in art.

In the same way his adoration for automobiles stems from family, “I come from a family of car lovers, starting with my grandfather and my great-uncle, an owner of a Bugatti Grand Prix, who passed on their love of automobiles to my father, a collector himself, he naturally transmitted the same passion to me,” Dufilho created his first work, a rendition of the Bugatti Grand Prix, for his father’s birthday, in turn, opening many doors in the world of art and sculpture to him.

After studying architecture and medicine, Antoine Dufilho’s passion for art and automobiles led him to an enterprising new career in sculpture. He is surrounded by a close family filled with diverse and creative talents such as architecture, painting, and sculpting. His father is a surgeon and his great uncle is Jacques Dufilho, a famous French actor and producer. “During my childhood, the summers at my grandfather's house were largely devoted to making sculptures from clay harvested from his farm,” remembers Dufilho. It is not surprising Dufilho eventually found his knack in art.

In the same way his adoration for automobiles stems from family, “I come from a family of car lovers, starting with my grandfather and my great-uncle, an owner of a Bugatti Grand Prix, who passed on their love of automobiles to my father, a collector himself, he naturally transmitted the same passion to me,” Dufilho created his first work, a rendition of the Bugatti Grand Prix, for his father’s birthday, in turn, opening many doors in the world of art and sculpture to him.

Specifications

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EDITION

8 copies and 4 artist's proofs


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MATERIALS

Base: Polished massive aluminium

Fuselage : matt stainless steel and massive Ebony plates


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DIMENSIONS

L: 76cm x W: 33cm x H:15cm


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WEIGHT

24,35 kg

Antoine Dufilho

Mercedes W196 Streamliner

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