Paris 2018 – Until September 15, Paris Design Week 2018 turns the French capital into a sizzle celebration of design. Do not stick only to Maison & Objet, spend at least a day to explore cutting edge galleries and exhibitions.
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Over 200 events populate four of the city’s most vibrant districts to celebrate the creative industry: Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Les Halles-Marais-Bastille, Opéra-Concorde-Étoile and Barbès-Stalingrad-Saint Ouen. We selected 7 must-see exhibitions across the city worthy a visit. Enjoy!
Le Off: a new creative hub for rising talents
Ground Control Paris – 81 Rue du Charolais, 75012 [Map].
Le Off exhibition is dedicated to young talents and moved to Ground Control Paris, a former mail sorting centre, located just a stone’s throw from the Gare de Lyon train station. The venue has been turned into a friendly cross-disciplinary creative hub. Explore the work of 40 up-and-coming designers from all over the world presenting their latest works. On show also the Nature-inspired finalist projects of the Rado Star Prize and, of course, the winner: Jean-Baptiste Durand who created a poetic lamp which recreates and encapsulate an impalpable glowing mist.
Beyrouth: celebrating Lebanese creativity
Gallery S. Bensimon – 111 Rue de Turenne, 75003 [Map].
Serge Bensimon invited the Joy Mardini Design Gallery to present the works of established and up-an-coming designers from the Lebanese capital. The exhibition is in collaboration with Maison Objet’s Rising Talents showcase dedicated to the state of the art of Beirut creative scene. Among the projects on show also Tarek ElKassouf‘s Melting Lamps exploring materiality, geometry, and surrealism.
1.000 vases from around the world
Espace Commines – 17 Rue Commines, 75003 [Map].
Meet My Project and Say hi to invited 100 artists and designers to showcase a 1.000 vases from around the world. Among the projects on show also the ‘80s inspired vases by Another Human which combine a retro and futuristic feeling through the interplay of transparency with color and playful shapes. The exhibition at Space Commines is curated by Roberto Baciocchi.
Supernova: Beirut’s resilience through design
Carpenters Workshop – 54 rue de la Verriere [Map].
Carpenters Workshop Gallery/Paris presents Lebanese design-duo David/Nicolas’ collection of tables, cabinets and rugs. “The death of a star results in either a black hole or a supernova, here, death is only a transformation, it outshines everything else and evolves into a new life.” Explain the designers. “It reminds us of Beirut, this city that was reborn over and over again, a place where time and space are different, where beauty is in the small things or even in the memories of it”.
Beosound Edge: rolling the speaker like a volume knob
De Padova show room – 12 rue de la Chaise [Map].
Michael Anastassiades’ new Beosound Edge speaker for Bang & Olufsen is on show at De Padova show room. The device can be rolled to adjust the volume, while the rest of its subtle touch controls are built into the aluminium frame and only light up when a person approaches them. “You can then start, stop or skip tracks with a simple tap on the surface. The Beosound Edge is calibrated to read the force of your touch, adjusting the volume as you roll the speaker back and forth, even when placed on the gravity-defying wall mount.”
teamLab’s digital organism pulses with an interactive lightshow
Cité des Sciences, La Villette [Map].
In La Villette, the ever-changing Japanese art collective teamLab will present an immersive and interactive installation. Blurring the lines between art, science and technology. Each screen responds to ﬂow of visitors to create a dreamlike journey. “The point is to create a digital organism capable of generating a constant ﬂow of new images, pulling visitors out of their daily routines. An extraordinary voyage into a dream world,” explain at Teamlab.
The Eiffel Tower celebrates Japan’s Rising Sun
Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 [Map].
Echoing the city-wide event Japonismes 2018, Paris Design Week compiled all events dedicated to Japan into a single itinerary [Explore]. The high point of the event will be the Eiffel Tower’s new lighting designed by mother-and-daughter lighting gurus Motoko Ishii and Akari-Lisa Ishii to evoke of the radiance of the rising sun.