Subtle bodies: Felipe Ribon’s elegant Musée des Arts Décoratifs exhibition
French designer Felipe Ribon 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’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’.