The annual Paris design festival returns with aplomb, with presentations across 70 venues and seven museums in four different parts of the city. Here are a handful of highlights.... Pictured: installation view of Dimore Studio at Musée DelacroixWriter: Amy Verner
Dimore Studio at Musée Delacroix6 rue de Furstenberg, 75006
Never could Eugène Delacroix have imagined the pieces from Dimore Studio within his home and atelier. Milan-based duo Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran were invited by the Musée National Delacroix to fill the spaces with several of their most recent designs. Where the geometric mirrored and high-gloss lacquered wood screen, 'Totem', stands in a room surrounded largely by ink drawings, two stained glass tables fill the spacious atelier, their delicately tinted hues a sharp contrast to the artist's rich palette.
Titled 'Conversation Colours', the installation benefits not just from the tonal similarities and differences, but also the more obvious opposition between classical and contemporary. 'This is the first time we've seen the pieces in a museum atmosphere,' says Moran, who conceived the series with Salci last year to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of their exhibiting at Salone del Mobile. 'It's so fantastic,' he says. 'We've raised the bar'
Vagues de CuirHermès, 17 rue de Sèvres, 75006
Following last year's D'Days display of custom terrazzo filled with discarded bits of Hermès hardware, Petit h, the maison's creative laboratory headed up by Pascale Mussard, has taken a softer direction with its sinuous, draped leather shelves.
Developed by Belgian design artists Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen of Muller Van Severen, the pieces convey practicality, refinement and whimsy as they dip and rise like dimensional sine curves propped with books, perfume bottles, hats and even an umbrella. Grouped for now around the vestibule walls of the Left Bank store, they are accompanied by sketches of the design process, detailing how the supple leather was manipulated in such an innovative way. Pictured: 'Waves Of Leather', by Muller Van Severen. Photography: Alex Profit
Chen Chen and Kai Williams for Tai Ping4–6 rue Montlambert 75007
Among the myriad, eye-catching carpets presented by Tai Ping during D'Days, the grouping from Chen Chen and Kai Williams (pictured right) is most eye-catching of all. The New York-based duo behind 'Cold Cut Coasters' have expanded upon their initial series with the renowned carpet manufacturer, so that the psychedelic designs push the boundaries of carpet tufting and weaving.
Plastic cord and shoelaces appear within the abstract patterning, which plays on 'Cold Cut Coasters'' original resin composite sculptures, containing spandex netting and other fibres. 'It's not just a graphic translation; it's literally the same idea where every colour is a different material,' Chen tells Wallpaper*
Noé Duchaufour Lawrance for the Sèvres Cité de la Céramique4, place Andre Malraux 75001
Just one design occupies the central Paris gallery space belonging to the Sèvres Cité de la Céramique, which makes the statement that much stronger.
Using a classical vase as the base of a table, Noé Duchaufour Lawrance has added an anodised aluminium top held in place with a track system that pierces the porcelain. Cables connecting the two pieces establish a harmonious, delicate feat of engineering. 'I imagined a system that allowed me to preserve the nature of the piece, all while projecting a different functional and aesthetic dimension,' he writes in the accompanying text. Pictured: a rendering of Lawrance's table
Maison Christian Lacroix for Roche Bobois207 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
While Christian Lacroix Maison has existed for five years, D'Days marks the debut of a collaboration with Roche Bobois.
The collection, conceived by the former's creative director, Sacha Walckhoff, explores the intersection of fashion and furniture design, with cut velour seating, striped satin dining chairs and light ornaments with brass spheres evoking the couturier's sumptuous aesthetic. Walckhoff noted how masters from the two domains have been inspiring each other through the past century, whether Jacques Doucet and Eileen Gray, or Yves Saint Laurent and François-Xavier Lalanne. The screen and cabinet boasting engravings from the Roman monuments in Arles might just prove new collectibles
Eyes on Talents9 rue des Lesdiguières, 75004
Spread across three floors of a space belonging to creative agency Boon, the brainchild of Floriane de Saint Pierre and Guillaume de Piedoüe d'Héritôt has assembled a range of vignettes and exhibitions in collaboration with Dutch magazine, Frame.
The lower-level features multi-coloured carpets unexpectedly inspired by moulds and stains, plus a dynamic moving image compilation from Universal Everything in which dancers from Benjamin Millepied's LA Dance Project have been transformed with transfixing digital effects.
The upper floor is devoted to the striking work of talented students from ÉCAL, the graphic design school in Lausanne. The main level presents bulbous water-filled lights from Teresa van Dongen and arched speakers composed of finely layered maple wood by Pierre Charrié, among other pieces of note
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