French designer Felipe Ribon (opens in new tab) has been combining his work with a wider research into abstract concepts, touching on themes of hypnosis, trance, Cartesian rationalism and spiritualism.
This year, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design de Bordeaux (opens in new tab)'s director, Constance Rubini, invited Ribon to showcase his works in the 18th century Hôtel Lalande; the museum's home and a spectacular setting that dramatically contrasts the designer’s minimalist silhouettes and use of colour.
After graduating from ENSCI – Les Ateliers in Paris in 2008, Ribon worked for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, later pursuing a residency at Rome's Villa Medici. Through his time there, he focused on objects as his medium, broadening his design scope beyond materiality.
For his Musée des Arts Décoratifs exhibition, he was given carte blanche to experiment with the house’s rooms, drawing inspiration from the history of the architecture and the people who inhabited it. The result is a poetic curation of his most recent pieces, forming a dialogue with existing architectural features, objects and sculptures. Titled 'Corps Subtils' (Subtle Bodies), the exhibition plays around the designer's themes with discreet elegance.
The aim of the show, he explains, is to ‘claim the space of the museum in a new way and blend in with its collection, while broadening our perception and opening our mind to other realities’.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design de Bordeaux
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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
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