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Exhibits

Monumenta 2012 - Daniel Buren

Submitted by A-PP on Tue, 2012-06-26 23:58

This year, Grand Palais invited artist Daniel Buren for its Monumenta exhibit. The dimensions of the Grand Palais are such, that the techniques developed in 1900 to build the steel and glass roof, were later applied to erect the Eiffel Tower. At such a scale, the artist is challenged with a monumental open-space.

As I entered the exhibit, Buren’s production put a happy smile on my face. Every time the sun managed to push a ray of bright light through the rainy 2012 spring Parisian skies, my smile would grow, while the children all across the space would start screaming in excitement, the mothers not caring the less.

Date of publication: 
26
June
2012

Sergio Rodrigues – “Kilin” armchairs

Submitted by A-PP on Tue, 2012-05-15 10:09

These "Kilin" armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues were for sale at “Les Puces du Design.” Boasting a solid wood structure with leather slingback seat, these chairs evoke Brazilian furniture design, eponymous ever since Rodrigues’ influence, of relaxed attitude and lifestyle.

Date of publication: 
15
May
2012

Paul R. Evans - “Cityscape Series”

Submitted by A-PP on Mon, 2012-05-14 17:57

This "Cityscape series" table by Paul R. Evans was for sale at “Les Puces du Design.” Paul Evans was an American born residential furniture designer, sculptor, and artist. In the 1970’, he contributed to the American craft Movement, and influenced American furniture design, with his creations of metal, which set him apart.

Paul R. Evans was particularly notorious for making sure each piece of furniture be made by hand, one piece at a time, and supervised by the artist.

Date of publication: 
14
May
2012

'Maison France'

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2011-11-28 20:15

Where do you go to find inspiration? Our previous newsletter recommended you visit manufacturers during tradeshows. New York based design firms are in luck! Starting on Monday the 21st and till the 25th of June, 30 French manufacturers are taking residency at the Felissimo Design House located at 10 West 56 Street, New York, NY 10019, during “Maison France.” Actually, the event should be considered like a boutique tradeshow for members of the Trade.

As such, this is a fantastic opportunity to build a relationship with manufacturers, who will go out of their way to provide a high level of service. Service, what does that entail? Imagine manufacturing to order. You are no longer restricted by a catalogue with predefined dimensions, colors, styles... Away with the “no not possible, this is not in our catalogue!” Rather than being preset, the catalogue here serves as a red-bull based cocktail for inspiration, unveiling trends and fashions as seen by past and current creative minds.

So why not visit “Maison France” and build up inspiration to create anew and in the spirit of…? Doing that, you might avoid spending endless hours with glossy magazines and city guides, carefully cutting out pictures, or visiting the period rooms of a national museum… You might find at “Maison France” a manufacturer with a long enough history and the corresponding catalogue along with the skill to adjust to any style. So why not tap into those sources? This is how some of those companies present themselves:

BASSAISTEGUY-MASSON specializes in the reproduction and creation of fine period French pieces of furniture. We offer our clients the possibility to benefit from the know-how of numerous artisan professionals to create quality furniture. We manufacture commonly seen pieces: chests, pedestal tables, chairs, dining tables, (etc.) as well as specific pieces such as champagne trolleys, reception desks for palaces, etc. We work with decorators and design studios, and we can adapt our production to their client's desires all around the world.

POUENAT Ferronnier's philosophy, of harnessing the expertise of the finest craftsmen in the service of great design, guides the Company's workshops as they manufacture products of the highest quality, whether standard or bespoke items, to meet the requirements of a client base made up of the leading architects and interior designers.

ULGADOR has always strived to enliven matter, through the use of a wide range of different materials. Gilding has been the main medium for the workshop’s creative spirit. The workshop has developed secret recipes and systematically applies those to give objects unusual effects and spectacular colors. Today, ULGADOR© is known for its unique procedure of oxidation and corrosion of golden, copper, silver and aluminum leaves. Decorators, Interior designers, Architects and other members of the Trade are welcome to challenge ULGADOR© in creating anew.

Exhibitors at « Maison France » are: ALAIN ST JOANIS; ATELIER MERIGUET; BASSAISTEGUY-MASSON; BRONZES DE FRANCE; DIVERSION; EGO ; ERCUIS-RAYNAUD; ELIE BLEU; HB HENRIOT FAIENCERIES DE QUIMPER; HENRYOT ET CIE; LAMELLUX; LAPPARRA; LIBERTY; LUMINAIRES LUCIEN GAU; MAISON DEGROOTE ET MUSSY; MAISON FEY; MAISON GATTI; MOISSONIER; POUENAT; REMY GARNIER; SIEGES D'ARGENTAT; TAILLARDAT; THG; TISSERANT ART AND STYLE; ULGADOR; VALOMBREUSE

Enjoy the visit and do not hesitate to add your comments to this page about the show.

Date of publication: 
1
June
2010

During the holiday season and till the 15th of January, the City of Lights organizes ‘Paris lights up Paris.’  The event is directed by designer Fabrice Peltier and funded by the Coca-Cola Enterprise.    The event’s purpose is to promote recycling during a time of particularly high production of wastes from packaging.  More particularly, Fabrice Peltier’s goal is to demonstrate how creative thinking can steer wastes away from the trash bin and back into the production line directly. 

Doing so, Peltier selected a packaging with a low 50% recycling rate: bottles made of pet. Rue de Richelieu and Place André Malraux were dressed up with Peltier’s creations, both located in the 1st Arrondissement near the Louvre.  200 yards of Rue de Richelieu received 22 chandeliers hanging from 10 diagonal rods all composed of multicoloured plastic bottles.

And on Place André Malraux, four 12 feet high Christmas trees were erected around the fountain.  The result is elegant at night time when all is lit up with Hotel du Louvre’s façade lit up in red as a backdrop.

SHIRALY’s thoughts:
The three partners’ recycling effort is welcome when political leaders in Copenhaguen just shied away from commitments they consider as being essential.  However, the location, the setup and the scale of the event seem totally unaligned with the event’s purpose.

 

Coca-Cola Enterprise should take a stronger stand at replacing pet bottles by something friendlier to the environment.  With the 80K€ budget it dedicated to the event according to Peltier’s website, Coca-Cola Enterprise could have certainly imagined a show both: more elegant during day time and aligned with the brand’s lifestyle ambition! 

Peltier’s position seems pragmatic and certainly stems from the fact that packaging will not evolve rapidly!  As a result, the man developed some interesting ideas.  His creations are displayed in his showroom the Designpack Gallery on rue de Richelieu, the other place selected for the event to be displayed at.

But do we really want to decorate our interiors with recycled plastic bottles, even though they look good when lit up?

It is not clear what the Paris city hall’s position is when it organises an event that does not seem to make a strong statement or is not destined to entertain.  Place André Malraux is pretty and elegant in itself.  It is off the beaten paths.  And because it is surrounded by heavy traffic, pedestrians are more likely to walk passed the event, and drivers in their cars will not even know what the event is about.  The office at Paris City hall would have been wiser to give the event a different dimension and be inspired by the Christmas trees on Broad Street, at the Rockefeller Centre or at  Bryant Park in New York City.

Date of publication: 
1
January
2010

CHANEL Mobile Art

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2011-11-26 23:48

Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with celebrity architect Zaha Hadid, Laureate of the 2004 Pritzker Prize,  to create ‘Mobile Art: an organically shaped traveling museum, set to travel the world from 2008 to 2010.  This 7,500 sq foot space will host the reinterpretations by 15 artists of a Chanel icon, the ‘Chanel 2.55’.

Date of publication: 
1
October
2007
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