Paris 2017 – La Ville Lumiere shines a light on design with Paris Design Week. The fringe event during Maison&Objet invites professionals and design lovers to find new trends and inspirations and explore over 200 venues across the city. Archipanic picked 12 brilliant exhibitions on show from the 8th until the 16th of September.
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NOW! LE OFF
@ 34 quai d’Austerlitz [Map].
Organised in parallel with Maison&Objet’s design section Now! Design À Vivre, the Now! Le Off satellite exhibition at XXX is a talent incubator open to emerging designers, students and up-and-coming design brands presenting prototypes and projects ready for production. This year, Now! Le Off will also host the very first industrial design chair established in a French higher school of art, ESAD de Reims.
LE GRANDE MARCHÉ DE STALINGRAD
@ 6-8 Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad [Map].
La Rotonde de Stalingrad, a 1907 historical monument originally used as a customs office, has transformed into a catchall marketplace entirely dedicated to design. Open since September, it houses La Galerie, which shows a different artist every month, and La Curieuse Boutique, a concept store with four distinct areas: Transformation (wellness, fashion, design, art), Connection (technology), Evolution (gastronomy) and Meditation (home, gardening, sleep and spiritual awakening). Here Octavio Amado created a 3D printed concept chandelier.
SLOW FOOD MEETS DESIGN AT MERCI DESIGN STORE
@ 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais [Map].
Merci design store will be introducing La Nouvelle Table, their first collection for Serax responding to recent changes in the way we relate to food. Influenced by the Slow Food movement and a need to break free from dining etiquette, a merry mess of tiny stoneware or maple dishes are popping up on our tables for everyone to help themselves from. On top of that, Merci previews also Pasta&Pasta, a collection of tableware and kitchen items for cooking pasta, designed by Paola Navone for Serax.
THE INSTITUT DU MONDE ARABE 30TH ANNIVERSARY
@ 1 Rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard [Map].
The Arab World Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary with a rich programme of high-profile events. The 240 mashrabiya panels on the façade will come back to life after years of immobility. Paris Design Week will also be a chance to visit the second Photography Biennial of the Contemporary Arab World, presented in partnership with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.
IKEA AND HAY
@ 83 Rue de Turenne [Map].
Ikea invites Parisians and their design-loving friends to try a new living room experience. Playful atmospheres created by artists and designers and a fun and interactive experiential exhibit featuring the brand’s new products, highlight the wealth of democratic design. An exclusive pop-up exhibition will also be showing a preview of Ypperlig, a milestone collaboration between Ikea and Danish brand Hay – objects inspired by Scandinavian traditions.
CO-WORKING IN PARIS @ KWERK
@ 29-31 rue de Courcelles [Map].
15 meters away from the Arc de Triomphe, co-working spaces group Kwerk inaugurates its 4th creative hotspot designed by co-founder Albert Angel. Desks have been redesigned to adjust to the specific position and height of each user, as have the seats and the lobby, which has been turned into a luscious library, housing a wealth of 300 plant species nestled under an seamless glass ceiling.
SCENT AND THE CITY
@ 66 rue Charlot [Map]
High speed train operator Thalys has collected iconic scents from its destinations across France and transformed them into a spectacular art installation which aims to inspired travel by dazzling our senses.
FUNERARY DESIGN FROM CZECH REPUBLIC
@ Czech Cultural Center, 18 rue Bonaparte [Map].
The Kvalitar gallery at the Czech Cultural Centre in Paris explores neglected area of design: funerary design. Young Czech designers present works made of bronze, fiberglass, basalt et en marble. “An urn should be an artwork expressing unforgettable feelings for life.” Explain the curator Martin Chmelar.
@ NOW! LE OFF – 34 quai d’Austerlitz [Map].
Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design is launching a participatory festival on the theme Living Together at NOW! Le OFF. Germain Bourré from Germ Studio and Lina Tornare from Les Comstibles have created the interactive light-show installation Surfaces Comestibles (Edible Surfaces). Taking the form of sheds/micro-architectural buildings, this mushroom farm presents a variety of scenes created by budding fungi growing unchecked. Video projections casted on the mushrooms create enhanced textures and opening new perspectives of interpretation.
@ NOW! LE OFF – 34 quai d’Austerlitz [Map].
For the second year in a row, Syctom, the agency in charge of collecting and treating domestic waste in the greater Paris area, joins Paris Design Week with an exhibition showing models and prototypes designed by the finalists of the 2017 Design Zéro Déchet contest. Sytcom organised also a program of workshops on waste management and upcycling for students and the public at large.
@ 67 rue Lamarck [Map].
At Galerie ROOM Violaine d’Harcourt and Ludivine Chabert present a selection of furniture and lighting imagined by young independent designers and manufactured using artisanal methods and high-end materials such ad glass, wood, marble and brass.
SCHOLTEN & BAIJINGS’ SOLO EXHIBTION
@ Galerie de Sèvres, 4 Place André Malraux, [Map].
The Galerie de Sèvres debuts at Paris Design Week with a solo exhibition of Dutch designers Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings, founders of studio Scholten & Baijings, who create products that combine sensuous appeal, refinement and function.