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MAG online#66
March 2011
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present situation DECOR ECHOES
Innovating through design
Designers play a major part in the dynamics of innovation within businesses, according to a recent study from the Agency for the Promotion of Industrial Design (APCI) and the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). “Designers are introducing new functionalities, revealing needs that are not covered or imperfectly met.” The result: 40% of design businesses polled have worked on projects involving applying for a patent. Prior integration of designers into the business has facilitated this innovative approach. “51% of businesses that have a design department declare that designers have had a decisive role in at least one patent”.
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Citizen Bio and Papillon Rouge : The art of perfume
Bob entered the world through the front door—the Musée Maillol’s, in Paris, during the exhibition “That’s Life! Vanities: from Caravaggio to Damien Hirst”. Shaped like a death’s head, the unusual soap didn’t clash with works evoking the fleeting nature of existence and the pleasure of living. Its designers, Véronique Choné and Charlie Sayous, who founded the I.D.S. laboratory in 2007, wanted to combine an aesthetic approach with an ecological stance. Their brands Citizen Bio and Papillon Rouge offer products that are as beautiful as they are virtuous, elegant and natural. “Soap is a noble, fleeting material that evokes the finite nature of life. The Bob art soap symbolizes both a timeless dimension and the quintessence of love, with the heart on the skull’s forehead,” explains Charlie Sayous, the doctor and phytotherapist who imagined the curious object, with sculptor Natalie Croizet. Citizen Bob now comes in bronze and Limoges porcelain, as well. “The scented sculpture elicits an emotional response, and it has generated so much enthusiasm that it’s now available everywhere from Iceland to New Zealand, in concept stores and galleries,” says the former marketing director for Guerlain and head of communications for Le Printemps. The same idea of refinement, naturalness and a search for comfortable use can be found in the Papillon Rouge scented candle collection, made from vegetal wax. Launched in September 2010, the scents, marked with a wax seal, already account for one third of the laboratory’s sales. “We chose to position ourselves at the high-end, based on a search for quality and originality. Each scent is named after a butterfly (“papillon” in French), and combines unusual notes, such as black iris and frankincense for the Robert le Diable candle, which goes from grey to black as it burns,” explains the scent specialist, who worked with a perfumer to compose the luxury brand’s olfactory world. All of these enchanting objects are designed and produced in the heart of the Gers region, amid the Madiran vineyards, where the pair does not rule out launching into cultivating the aromatic plants required by their scented art. “We do everything ourselves, from composing the scents to designing the molds, by way of packaging design with fine gold gilding”. Not to mention the development of exclusive collections for museums, a range of organic soaps to be sold in pharmacies, as well as the creation of a line of terrycloth linens and spa-inspired decorative accessories for the home. “Other projects in the same vein as Bob are in the works,” says Véronique Choné, who plans to expand the territory covered by her brands and distribute them abroad.
© Citizen Bio.
Nonah makes child-sized eco-design
The Savoldellis are family people, in the best Italian tradition. Claire Savoldelli and her two brothers, Bruno and Marc, wanted to “do something together”. The siblings have complementary skills covered: Bruno is an architect and a designer, Mark knows finance, and Claire has developed her expertise in the field of computers. “We grew up in a family that values children. As parents, we noticed that the world of furniture for children’s rooms was lacking in innovative suggestions,” sasy Claire Savoldelli. After two years developing it, Nonah, their brand and business, is a tribute to their Italian grandmother. The concept? “We wanted a business that would be rooted in ecology and sustainable development, offering furniture that respects nature, its materials, human beings and the environment.” It was in Latvia that the trio found the birchwood from FSC-certified forests and the woodworkers who produce the eight pieces designed by Bruno Savoldelli. No toxic varnishes, but rather natural oil, water-based paints, aldehyde-free glues, and a production process that privileges the woodworking tradition of mortise and tenon joints. Even the packaging and the communications documents show respect for the environment with the use of recycled paper and vegetal ink. Functionality and aesthetics are, however, not second-class citizens. “The furniture pieces were designed to be ‘surprise-objects’ that encourage children’s autonomy, with unexpected openings and hidden compartments that make the piece playful and modulable, and always child-sized”. The palette of soft or bright colors awakens a sense of pleasure in life. “These are furniture pieces that are built to last. Our goal is for the table to still be used by your children’s grandchildren, or to have you still be using the Salamander bookshelves thirty years from now.” Their ethical approach resonates with the concerns of our day, and garnered Nonah a Discovery prize at the latest show, as well as an upcoming invitation to Graz, Austria, for Design Month.
© Bruno Savoldelli pour NONAH.
The BHV gathers old furniture for Gérard Garouste’s association
The Belles Œuvres du Bazar operation truly has a heart. The Paris department store BHV, is gathering donated furniture and objects to help the La Source association, created and run by artist Gérard Garouste. Since 1998, the association’s goal has been to foster an awareness of art among underprivileged children. The objects received will be given a second life. Starting on September 14, these unique pieces will be sold at the Observatoire du BHV.
© C. Gugelmann.
Tissage de Luz: inherited textile fiber
Once, they were called “ox mantles”. These traditional striped covers from the Bearn and Basque regions were used to protect herds from the sun. They were the inspiration for Basque linens. “My grandfather Jean-Baptiste Gouze created the weaving workshop in 1908 in the Bearn region, then my father succeeded him,” recounts Maïté Fanfare, head of the company Tissage de Luz, based in Saint-Jean de Luz in the heart of the Basque country. Colorful stripes and checkers decorate linen cloth, helping perpetuate the strong identity of Basque linens, a symbol of quality. But in 1977, the business was forced to close its doors. It was only in 1993 that Maïté Fanfare decided to take up the torch. “I carry within me a passion for weaving that has been handed down over the generations. I wanted to make new Basque linens.” From season to season, the businesswoman, who studied at the Lyon school of weaving, has been pairing tradition with current trends. Unwoven thread is dyed in sixty different colors. The stylists and colorists explore two paths: bright, saturated tones, but also a range of subtle, refined colors. Since 2004, the woven cloths are no longer used just to decorate tables or deck chairs. Curtains, cushions, handbags, and even terrycloth bath towels have expanded the offer. “We have remained in the field of fabrics, but our development has led us to design complementary products while offering new suggestions as far as colors and graphics go.” These include polka dots in the Bulles collection, which made a talked-about entrance into the traditional world of Basque linens.
©  Anne GEIG 
Nathalie Auzépy’s lights
An interior designer, designer and scenographer, Nathalie Auzépy has many fields for expressing her talents. But there is a running theme: space. When she talks about her different professional activities, the designer, a graduate of the Ecole Camondo and the ESAT, stresses her overarching approach. Her agency N.A.ds works on highlighting brands in a retail space. The objective: helping businesses combine a treatment of space with brand management. Her means are manifold: “We work with all the communications tools, from commercial architecture to press releases by way of a visual identity, sound design, POS and merchandising”. The agency collaborates with brands as diverse as Guerlain, Dior, Petit Bateau and Celio. A prestigious brand has just asked them to design a pop-up store that will soon open on the Champs-Elysées. But the compulsive designer, who only feels comfortable when she’s at work designing, has other arrows in her quiver. In 1999, she founded N-U Design. The furniture production company met with critical success, but didn’t find a market. That was just a small stumble. Today, she expresses her sensibilities through the world of lighting. By mixing technology with poetry, her luminous objects play on quirky materials and craftsmanship in a vein that has been described as “contemporary and accessible”. “I’m not looking to break with tradition. I’m not interested in ultra-conceptual design, but rather a simplicity based on a poetry of light that transforms a space.” The Forbidden Fruit lights use their organic, mathematical forms in space. The supple lines of Mobile Home plunge “into a world of geometrical abstraction”. Whether hanging or set on a table, the Lovebirds bring their dreamlike lightness indoors and out, while the hypnotic effects of the Alveolar Movements collection derive from the creative potential of recycled cardboard. But that isn’t the end of the road. When the musician’s daughter isn’t busy creating her own music label, the multidisciplinary design website and brand Design4, she is already imagining a line of small furniture pieces made to fill space.
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Lasvit invites the best and brightest in design
Lasvit, the Czech specialist of Bohemian crystal lighting, has given designers carte blanche to imagine new offerings using traditional hand-blown glass craftsmanship. The Italian Fabio Novembre, French Mathieu Lehanneur and Japanese studio Nendo thus designed the spectacular Bohemian Rhapsody light installation for the Prague-based business.
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Veronese acquires new art directors
The lighting producer Veronese, managed by Fredie Jochimek, has just appointed as art directors the creative duo made up of architect and fashion designer Maurizio Galante and trend specifier and designer Tal Lancman. Their objective: use their expertise in the broad-based fields of fashion and design. They plan to revisit the brand’s archives and invent collections of never-seen pieces. The new “Veronese Gold” collection will be presented as part of a retrospective of the work of Maurizio Galante at the Milan Triennial and an exhibit at the Milan gallery Rossella Colombari.
© Tal Lancman et Maurizio Galante pour Veronese.
showcases PINK DIARY
Farrow & Ball
111, bis rue de Turenne. 75003 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0) 1 44 61 18 28
Color specialist Farrow & Ball has opened its second Paris store in the trendy Marais district. Behind the bay windows, all the collections can be looked through in two separate spaces. The first is dedicated to “eco-friendly” paints, with a team prepared to offer personalized advice on the 132 colors and 12 different finishes. A second space contains the world of house-made wallpapers, printed traditionally with Farrow & Ball paint, in the Wimborne factory in England.
© Farrow and Ball / Jean-Baptiste Guitton.
69, avenue Marceau. 75116 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0) 1 47 20 49 62
As a tribute to his thusly named grandmother, the former miller Jean-François Celbert shares the fine products of his native Brittany in this house revisited by the Saguez & Partners studio. Whitened oak, stoneware, sheet metal, boating equipment, wide wood planks, cables, big buckets as light fixtures… The old-fashioned bread bakery, like the terroir-driven cuisine that can be snacked on, is anchored in a contemporary space that has adopted a nautical feel. The decoration combines personal objects picked up by the master of the house at rummage sales, Seaweed chairs by designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Lounge and Locanda furniture lines, designed by Manganèse.
© Mikael Lafontan pour Saguez & Partners.
LMDW Fine Spirits
6, Carrefour de l’Odéon. 75006 Paris. France. Tel. + 33 (0)1 46 34 70 20
In the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, architect François Muracciole has designed a new temple to liquor and mixology for La Maison du Whisky. On three floors, the new space offers 1,500 different spirits for connoisseurs, as well as teas, coffees, spices and many accessories related to the world of bars and tastings.
© Lionel Blancafort
La maison de Brune
2, rue de Tournon. 75006 Paris. France. Tel. 33 (0) 1 46 34 04 72
The decoration brand for the Left Bank set has brought together its range of contemporary design in a renovated space where designer Augustin Granet unveils his new Objet Insolite line of furniture and lighting.
© La Maison de Brune / Augustin Granet

La Fabrique de lunettes
11, boulevard du Temple. 75003 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0) 1 77 39 29 43
Mondrian-inspired furniture, design pieces by Jacobsen, Eames or Noguchi… Paris’s first “rentable glasses wardrobe” has just opened in a 100% vintage atmosphere. Here, there are no corrective lenses, but rather optical accessories that can be rented for a maximum of one week, with several subscription options. With, additionally, a “rehab” service for repairing or making over your old frames.
© David Cousin-Marsy.
Ex & Terra
83, rue de Dunkerque. 75009 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0) 9 50 57 18 40
Emilie and Xavier Buchoux travel the world. They bring back an anthology of jewelry and accessories, decorative objects and other exciting finds. In their new store one finds a jumble of reappropriated New York vinyl, vintage Chinese ad posters, Indian mugs with kitschy ‘70s portraits… The treasures of Tokyo, Mexico City, Hanoi and Bogota will soon be available on a commercial website.
© Clément Mallet.
Little Fashion Gallery
3, rue du Jour. 75001 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0) 1 40 26 06 74
The online concept store for children has just reopened its showroom after several months of construction work. Devoted exclusively to the brand’s design collections, the space was redesigned by Laure Petit. Through a series of little scenes, visitors can discover minimalist furniture, exclusive toys, and an exceptional selection of 300 books for all ages.
© Little fashion gallery.
Centre Commercial le CNIT2. Place de la Défense. 92800 Puteaux. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 40 90 00 29
The second outpost for the Paris wine store Lavinia has taken to the heart of the La Défense business district. The sprawling 260 m2 space devoted to wine and spirits offers the public self-serve machines with 24 varieties of wine, as well as 1,000 French and international bottlings, with sommeliers on hand to offer advice. A restaurant seats up to 36 covers, with a culinary concept imagined by Lavinia Madrid’s chef, which revisits Spanish tapas dishes. A pop-up bubble bar will introduce people to the great names in Champagne.
© Philippe Mazzoni
26, rue du Vieil Abreuvoir. 78100 Saint Germain en Laye. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 30 61 07 13
This new decoration store combines the best of Italian design and a fine collection of artificial flowers, candles and scents for the home. A Paris location is planned for late 2011.
© Alessandre Duinin.
Devon & Devon
Çilekli Cad. No: 16. 34 330 Levent. Istanbul. Turkey Tel. +90 (0) 212 280 76 16
In a space designed by architect Dara Kirmizitoprak, the Italian bathroom furniture brand has set up a 300m2 showroom in the heart of the Levent district, one of the preferred shopping spots in the city, known for its mix of traditional architecture and futuristic skyscrapers. Here are the Atelier, Intarsia, and Wood collections and the prestigious leather coverings, as well as the more classic ceramic collections. A special space is devoted to Home Boutique, a new collection dedicated to outfitting the home and people, which includes fabrics, accessories and cosmetics.
© Devon&Devon.
Radison Blue Ambassador Opera
16, boulevard Haussmann. 75009 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 44 83 40 40
After experiencing the new décor of its restaurant 16 Haussmann and its living spaces, guests can now discover the rooms and suites of the hotel, renovated by Paul Bevis. Noble materials such as marble, wood, leather and fine fabrics are paired with warm tones in shades of plum and beige. Contemporary furniture with minimalist lines is warmed by the presence of tapestries, carpets and padded headboards. VIP clients can enjoy the new Executive Lounge, hidden under the rooftops, on the eighth floor.
© Fabrice Rambert.
Hotel Palm
Hôtel Palm*** 30, rue de Maubeuge. 75009 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 42 85 07 61
In the heart of Paris, the hotel was designed by young interior designers Aurélie Sahuqué and Sophie Hanniet. The place exudes a soft, quirky atmosphere, thanks to clashing styles and bold colors. Dining Height Side seats and armchairs from Vitra rub shoulders with Fifties tables and furniture found at Red Edition and lighting edited by Petite Friture. In the public areas and the 38 rooms, black and white photos by Xavier Dubois and Françoise Poulain-Jacob for Oneninesixone add a touch of exoticism.
© Erick Larrieu.
Chalet Le Grépon
38, route du Bouchet. 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. France. Tel. +33 (0)4 50 53 05 09
A new chalet has been added to the Hameau Albert Ier hotel collection in the heart of the Alps. Architect Bernard Ferrari designed the different spaces of this Relais&Chateaux, which has been a 4-star since 1998. The 50m2 refuge is made from old, crossed dark wood planks and covered in traditional wood tiles. A balcony/gallery runs the length of the gables, extended by a terrace solarium snugly fit into the façade. The interior adopts a contemporary, minimalist approach, while remaining true to wood, the king of materials. Walls, floors, ceilings and doors are made from uncolored, rough-hewn maple wood. Furniture made by an artisan woodworker combines Corian and white maple wood, white leather furniture edited by Cassina, bathrooms by Starck… a space custom-designed for a family of four.
© La Miche.
Novotel Munich
Nordallee 29, 85 356 Munich. Germany. Tel. +49 89 9705130
In his latest work for the Accor group, architect-designer Eric Gizard has attempted to solve a difficult equation: invent an airport hotel that doesn’t look like an airport hotel. The result: a space inspired by the mythological figure of Ondine, a piece of the German cultural heritage. The space showcases the peaceful virtues of water. In the entryway, a round light well houses a piece of “motion design” conceived by Eric Gizard, where organic forms mix slowly and sensually. Drops of water stream down the walls of the bar, which is curved in shape. In the welcome lounge, dynamic colors mix with the copper of the light fixtures and the leather of comfortable chairs. An elegant, contemporary atmosphere made for relaxation.
© Ingrid Jost-Freie

Stralauer Allee 3. 10 245 Berlin.Germany. Tel. 49 (0) 30-290 299 0
Designer Karim Rashid has signed a new opus in pink and white. The space celebrates an aesthetic somewhere between biomorphism and psychedelics, born of the digital era, influenced by computer and electrical circuits. The patterns, in a range of bright colors, appear on walls, floors, and bed linens. Even the guest slippers see life through rosy and white glasses.
© nhow Berlin / Cem Guenes.
Four Seasons London
Hamilton Place, Park Lane. Londres W1J 7DR. Great Britain. Tel. +44 20 7499-0888
After 28 months of renovation, the famous Mayfair hotel is making its comeback. Designed by architect Eric Parry, the building recalls the shape of a ship, bow pointed toward Park Lane. The roof, which houses the Spa and the Lounge, is covered in zinc. For the rooms and public spaces, interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon combined different styles in order to create an elegant decorative look evoking the golden age of traveling on luxury ocean liners in the 1930s.
© Four Seasons / Richard Waite.
Le Jardin des Bienh
13, Akbat Sbaa, Douh 30200. Fes Medina. Morocco. Tel. +212(0)664 647 679
After La Maison Biehn in Provence, Catherine and Michel Biehn have lovingly restored a pasha’s summer palace in the heart of the Fes medina. The result: a “boutique” spirited bed and breakfast in a true riad with an Andalusian garden planted with flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables and aromatic herbs. The nine suites and rooms are all different, both architecturally and decoratively—with colorful décor true to the great decorator’s style. Around this Garden of Eden are a restaurant, a hammam spa, a relaxation therapy center, and a gallery where Michel Bienh presents his collections of fabrics from central Asia and antique costumes.
Constance Moofushi
Atoll Ari South. 00200 Maldives. Tel. +(960) 668 10 10
The Constance group has unveiled its new “gem island” situated south of the Ari Atoll, 25 minutes by seaplane from Malé. The Studio Hertrich & Adnet designed the place’s Robinson Crusoe-style elegance. The suites and rooms are decorated with sculpted wood furniture, bamboo or carved wood panel headboards, rough stone basins, linens and other woven fabrics, braided vegetable fibers. Shades of white, oatmeal, beige, ivory and sand… The color palette is willfully neutral: nature is the star of the show.
© Christian Bossu-Picat.
restaurants PINK DIARY
Shangri-la Hotel. 10, avenue d'Iéna. 75116 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0) 1 53 67 19 41
Named in honor of Napoleon’s emblem (the bee), the Paris luxury hotel’s French gastronomic restaurant aims to make values that characterize bees its own: patience and technique are used to create excellent cuisine built on exceptional products. A palette of taupe and silver, window-doors that open onto a garden, and a smoked crystal chandelier… The decoration, like the dishware, was designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon. In the kitchen, chef Philippe Labbé pays tribute to seasonal products, highlighted by top-of-the-line technique. Sugary delights are made by pastry chef François Perret. Shangri-la Hotel.
© Fabrice Rambert.
Le Grand B
24, boulevard des Italiens. 75009 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 55 33 10 00
The Blanc brothers’ 28th restaurant has opened its doors in the Opéra district. It remains true to the group’s original Brasserie spirit. Duck foie gras, tartares served in “grand B” style and a rotisserie play the classic Paris tune, but the menu does hold some surprises, like the camembert cooked “on an iron” a la plancha or in a brik pastry crust.
© DR.
Durand Dupont Drugstore
14, place du Marché. 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 41 92 93 00
A terrace, an indoor patio, a very “drug store” bar, and a space decorated by Patrice de Blas. In the heart of Neuilly, the restaurant offers revisited French cuisine, with brunch on Sundays.
© Christophe Bielsa
Miro Sculptor
Musée Maillol. 61, Rue de Grenelle. 75007 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 42 22 59 58
The Catalan artist’s sculptures have not been given their own exhibit in Paris in nearly 40 years. 99 bronzes, 22 ceramics, and 20 works on paper. The works presented largely come from the exceptional collection at the Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght. Through July 31.
©  Successió Miró/Adagp, Paris 2011
Photo Galerie Maeght, Paris.
Food Design
Le Lieu du Design. 74, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. 75012 Paris. France. Tel. 33 (0)1 40 41 51 02
The 10th exhibition conceived by the Lieu du Design honors Marc Brétillot and his war horse: culinary design. Drawing on a decade of work at the Atelier de Reims, the instructor and designer tries to enlighten us about the industrial, societal, and cultural issues of this new discipline. Through April 30.
© Martin Argyroglo pour le Lieu du Design

Art and design trades
Les Ateliers de Paris. 30, rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. 75012 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 44 73 83 50
The creative dialogue between designers and art artisans gives rise to unique pieces and limited editions, a whole generation of authentic objects expressing craftsmanship and meaning. From April 1 to May 28.
© Pierre Favresse.
Michal Batory
Musée des Arts décoratifs. 107, rue de Rivoli. 75001 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 44 55 57 50
Somewhere between Surrealism and Constructivism, the Polish-born graphic artist Michel Batory has developed a unique visual vocabulary through his many works, which he has produced for the great French cultural institutions. The hundred posters shown in the first retrospective of his work deciphers a style that has left its mark on the last twenty years of cultural communications. Through April 22.
© Michal Batory.
Christian Ghion and François Perrodin
Granville Gallery, Art & Design. 23, rue du Départ. 75014 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0)6 87 31 45 34
On one side, plastic artist François Perrodin’s minimalist geometry and monochromatic blocks. On the other, designer Christian Ghion’s organic, off-center, fat-bellied ceramics, designed with the great potter Claude Aïello. A confrontation somewhere between a dialogue and a duel. From March 19 to April 22, 2011.
© Granville Galerie Paris.
Nadia Pasquier
Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien. 20, rue des Coutures Saint Gervais. 75003 Paris. France
Tel. +33 (0)1 42 77 88 83
By infusing into ceramics her taste for geometry, Nadia Pasquier, who started out as a drawing instructor, gives birth to a galaxy of domes, planets, and other pseudo celestial bodies. Since a high temperature kiln was installed in her workshop in Morogues, the artist has been producing a new race of polished, smoked pieces whose forms and surface treatments annihilate any sense of gravity. A hymn to the power of design and of form over material. From April 29 to June 4, 2011.
© Nadia Pasquer.
Charlotte Perriand’s tea house
Le Bon Marché. 24, Rue de Sèvres. 75007 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 42 22 81 60
As a tribute to the architect-designer Charlotte Perriand and her passion for Japan, the Bon Marché Rive Gauche in collaboration with Cassina has reconstructed the designer’s famous “Tea House”, identical to the one exhibited in 1993 on the roof garden of the UNESCO in Paris and since destroyed. Around this light architecture hiding in a bamboo shell some twenty designs recently reedited by Cassina will be shown and available for purchase. A visual meditation to extend over a cup of scented tea in the nearby tea room, comfortably seated on the mythical “Ombra Tokyo” chair. From April 9 to May 7, 2011.
© Le Bon Marché.
Charlotte Perriand Photographer
Petit Palais. Avenue Winston Churchill. 75008 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 53 43 40 00
Few people realize the part photography played in the work of Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999). This exhibition unveils images gathered from agencies and photographers, as well as shots she took, all of which influenced her creative approach. Some photos are also an integral part of her work, like the giant photo-montages expressing her political and social activism, or her shots of piles of scrap metal, proof of her fascination with outsider art. From April 7 to September 18, 2011.
Gaîté Lyrique
3, bis rue Papin.75003 Paris. France. Tel. +33 (0)1 53 01 51 51
After seven years of construction work, the venerable Paris theater has opened its doors to a completely unexpected space: overseen by architect Manuelle Gautrand, the space was reconfigured to include digital culture. On five floors, sound and light are showcased. In grey, orange or white, screens run the length of the walls or of autonomous modules destined for an audience with “geek” overtones. The announced program gives pride of place to dance, concerts and other live entertainment.
Le Magasin. Centre National d'Art Contemporain. Site Bouchayer-Viallet. 155 cours Berriat.
38000 Grenoble. France. Tel. +33 (0)4 76 21 95 84
Jean Pigozzi collects contemporary African art, as well as pieces by young Japanese artists under 30. He has given the artist Carsten Höller carte blanche to stage an exhibit with a two-fold spectrum. The result: a visual and sensory itinerary influenced by the graphics of the Rorschach test. Symmetry, juxtaposition and double negatives are explored both in the spatial movement as well as in the display of the works, establishing points of correspondence between the Japanese and Congolese aesthetics. Through April 24, 2011.
© Blaise Adilon.
We want to be modern
National Museum. Al. Jerozolimskie 3, 00-495 Warsaw. Poland. Tel. +48 22 621 10 31
180 everyday objects are a testament to the creativity of Polish design between 1955 and 1968. During that fertile period of political thaw, ceramics, glass, fabrics, and furniture opened up to modernism, with a clear taste for organic forms. Through April 17.
© Red armchair, Roman Modzelewski,1958 courtesy of the National Museum in Warsaw.
The taste of glass
Pl. Cathédrale 6. CH-1005 Lausanne. Switzerland. Tel. +41 21 315 25 30
The Swiss museum’s collection of glass art is celebrating its fortieth anniversary, offering the chance for a synthesis of the evolution of the idea of beauty in this field of contemporary art. The works chosen from among the different styles and the 300 artists that people the museum’s collection shed light on the major trends of the last half-century, with each period dictating in its own way the ideas of “good taste” revolving around a material much prized in the 1950s. Through October 31, 2011.
Zoom. Italian design and the photography of Aldo and Marirosa Ballo
Vitra Design Museum. Charles-Eames-Str. 1. D -79576 Weil am Rhein. Germany
Tel. +49 (0)7621 702 3200
Because they photographed the designs of the greatest Italian designers of the second half of the 20th century, the Milan-based Aldo and Marirosa Ballo contributed to the success of design from the boot throughout the world. Gae Aulenti, Achille Castiglioni, Joe Colombo, Alessandro Mendini, Gaetano Pesce, Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass… the exhibition faces off these masters’ designs with their photographic interpretations. Through October 3, 2011.
© Aldo Ballo + Marirosa Toscani Ballo, Milano, 1981.
Design Museum. Korkeavuorenkatu 23. 00130 Helsinki. Finland. Tel. +35 89 622 0540
Drawing from the 4,000 decorative pieces and dresses from the Helsinki design museum’s archives, this exhibition recounts the Marimekko phenomenon through forgotten fabrics and unpublished photos. This year, the famous Finnish brand is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary. Know for its simple patterns and powerful colors, the style of the business that clothed, among others, Jackie Kennedy, has influenced fashion and decoration well beyond Finnish interiors. Through May 29.
© Design Museum.
Design Museum Holon, 8 Pinhas Eilon St. Holon. 58 459 Israel. Tel. +972 73 215 15 15
In synch with the Slow Life movement, the famous trend hunter Lidewij Edelkoort is presenting a selection of objects and furniture influenced by primitivism. Wood, vegetal fibers, and earth are modeled by designers fascinated by the “post fossil” movement, breaking with the materialist vision of the last century. Thus, the works of the Dutch Maarten Baas, German Julia Lohman and British Max Lamb are guideposts for a different type of consumption, all while questioning humans’ ability to reinvent the future by injecting some soul into design. Something to ponder slowly. Through April 30.
©  Shay Ben Efraim.
Museum of Old and Modern Art (Mona). 655 Main Road Berriedale. Hobart. Tasmania 7011. Australia
Tel. +61 (3) 6277 99 00
Signed by the Australian architectural firm Fender Katsalidis, the billionaire collector David Walsh’s new museum appears as “a subversive Disneyland for adults”. Egyptian mummies, chocolate kamikaze body sculptures, or whole walls decorated with representations of the female genitalia… Across 6,000m2, the largest private gallery in the country has created a dialogue between sex and death, the violent and the scatological, the poetic and the bizarre. Through July 19, 2011.
Vintage Spirit
Preface, portraits and interviews by Philippe Di Falco. A passion for the past, a lack of imagination, nostalgic melancholy for an era in fear of change, or creative energy rooted in the pre-existing in order to found new forms? A think for old timers or a whim of youth? The vintage phenomenon questions and recounts the paradoxes of our time. Ten personalities from the world of creation take a look at a phenomenon that is expressed in all the forefronts of fashion, design, gastronomy, and music. For Vincent Gregoire, “We’re cryogenicizing, we’re using the past as an alibi”. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac prefers to prepare “the vintage of tomorrow” while wearing a vintage scarf. With, for good measure, an analysis by the sociologist Michel Maffesoli, who sees this “updating of the past” as the expression of a “dynamic rootedness” that brings the archaic back to life in order to invent the present: “Vintage products translate more or less consciously the symbolic desire for a return to or toward tradition”. Fans of the TV series Mad Men evoke an art of living. Co-published by Nova Editions - FNAC. 8€
© Nova Press.
Hélène & Olivier Lempereur, architects/designers
Everyone knows the elegant work of the architect-decorator couple from the shops of prestigious brands like Pierre Hermé, Diptyque, Pierre Marcolini, Notify, etc. In working on commercial spaces and private ones, the Belgian duo cultivates the luxury of simplicity. After time spent at Andrée Putman’s Ecart International, Hélène and Olivier Lempereur seek purie lines and graceful light. Their projects open horizons that reconcile the inside and the outside. The stripped-down aesthetic of their minimalist approach is in no way disembodied: their style combines rigor with the softness of a timeless refinement. Editions Beta-Plus 89.50€
© Editions Beta-Plus.
On Boats: 50 Years of Decorative Arts
Frédéric Ollivier. Franck Sénant. Aymeric Perroy. For nearly half a century, legendary boats like the Ile de France and the Normandie have been a privileged space for the best and brightest of the decorative arts. The greatest names in design from the first half of the last century (Arbus, Ruhlman, Leleu, Dunand, Subes, etc.) have imagined the décor for these transatlantic ships that still sail through luxury’s imaginings. Editions Norma. 85€
rendez-vous 2011 AGENDA
September 9-13, 2011
Exhibition Centre of Paris Nord Villepinte
scènes d'intérieur
September 9-13, 2011
Exhibition Centre of Paris Nord Villepinte
now! design à vivre
September 9-13, 2011
Exhibition Centre of Paris Nord Villepinte
September 9-13, 2011
Exhibition Centre of Paris Nord Villepinte
MAISON&OBJET outdoor_indoor
September 9-13, 2011
Exhibition Centre of Paris Nord Villepinte
September 9-13, 2011
Exhibition Centre of Paris Nord Villepinte
craft, l'espace métiers d'art

September 9-13, 2011
Exhibition Centre of Paris Nord Villepinte

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