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May 2011

paris, capital of design

Marie Le Fort

If we talk to you about design, there is a strong chance that you would be inclined to mention Milan and London first. But Paris has plenty of original and dynamic creations to offer these days… A quick overview.

When speaking of capitals of design, we often cite Milan and London. However, these days, Parisian design is distinguishing itself through the consistency and dynamism of its young designers. Tools, Moustache, Ymer & Malta and the more recently formed Specimen Editions, Petite Friture and Fat Editions (to name but a few) are developing their own unique approach.

In addition to this string of dedicated designers, the outlets and galleries are also multiplying: this includes the new Maison d’Edition at Bon Marché, the opening of a second gallery dedicated to vintage design by De Casson, and another dedicated to contemporary art and design from the Granville Gallery, as well as the recently opened BSL and Gosserez galleries. From the 16th to the 20th of June, the next edition of Designers’ Days will present a collection based on the theme of Conversations (www.designersdays.com). And in September, the first Paris Design Week is set to take place from the 12th to the 18th. The world of Parisian design has happy days ahead!

Bon Marche Maison d’Edition


Bon Marche Maison d’Edition
Design is offered a top of the range showcase at Bon Marché, where design and art live together within a 7200 square metres space christened the “Maison d’Edition” since April 2010. www.lebonmarche.com

Fat Editions


Fat Editions
After having operated as an avant-garde gallery, Fat becomes Fat Editions: a venture which debuted with the excellent Coiling Collection of Raw Edges, by an Israeli-British design duo. www.fatgalerieactu.blogspot.com

BSL Gallery


BSL Gallery
Champion of the avant-garde, the BSL gallery only exhibits unique pieces: blurring the lines between contemporary art, design and architecture, it explores new territories in the world of design. www.galeriebsl.com

 Gosserez Galerie


Gosserez Galerie
If you want to know who amongst the family of new Parisian galleries paves the way for creative design, ask for the Gosserez Gallery. It must be said that with the new collection of “Equilibres” objects designed by Piergil Fourquié, the gallery-editor further establishes its reputation for having an excellent eye for talent. www.galeriegosserez.com

Galerie de Casson


Galerie de Casson
After having honored the memory of Pierre Paulin in its new space on rue de Seine, Galerie de Casson puts the 60s style of Estelle and Erwine Laverne in the spotlight. www.galeriedecasson.com

Moustache


Moustache
Always inventive and sometimes quirky, young brand Moustache offers up designs with a sense of humour : Vaporetto lamps or ‘Fold Up’ by Inga Sempe and Bertjan Pop alongside the Instant Armseat chair by Matali Crasset, covered in lambskin from the Pyrenees. www.moustache.fr

Specimen Editions


Specimen Editions
Specimen Editions produces reasonably priced pieces created by young designers: the FoldChair by Olivier Gregoire seems to float through the air as though an invisible hand had sculpted and thermoformed a simple felt ribbon. www.specimen-editions.fr

Tools Gallery


Tools Gallery
Famous amongst design fanatics, Loïc Bigot is currently doing some serious work designing limited edition pieces at Tools. Collaborating with European talents, they have been designed by Olivier Peyricot, Ionna Vautrin, Maarten Baas, Oscar Zieta and Pieke Bergmans. www.toolsgalerie.com

Petite Friture


Petite Friture
Amélie du Passage is the founder of Petite Friture, a small but promising design house, created in 2009. With an expert eye for talent, she produces designs which are “rich in practicality” and accessible to all. The very narrow opening lends a linear composition to these matte neon pink ceramic Ikebana vases by Edward Robinson, a Tidelight lamp by Pierre Favresse, was inspired by techniques employed by the automobile industry, and Vertigo, an ultra-light, poetic cabin-lamp, was designed by Constance Guisset. Petite Friture presented its collection and new adaptations in the middle of a Rossignoli bicycle store in Milan last April ! www.petitefriture.com

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