Ten young interior designers, ten visions of the Mediterranean transformed into an art of living, an art of resting to breathe in the sea breeze. A stone’s throw from the port, the former building of the former Archbishopric of Toulon welcomes their projects for the 4th edition of the DESIGN PARADE.
As the rooms are transformed into libraries, lounges and bathrooms, they invite you to let your imagination run wild. Outside, the flow of creative energy is flooding the streets. You can capture it by going from cafes to restaurants and other confidential addresses.
Freshness, colour, simplicity, lightness… The ten young designers presented until the 24th of November have in common a certain taste for modest materials, recycling, the demeanour of the “we do with what we have on hand” style, the diversion of function. They are in the running for three awards: the Grand Prix Design Parade Toulon Van Cleef & Arpels, the Mention Spéciale Eyes On Talents X Frame, and the Mobilier National Prize.
On the ground floor of the Bishopric, there are four projects to discover: the Small Salon by Lisa Egio and Elliot Kervyn, large mouths engraved on the walls, to look at from the ground, on mouth-shaped cushions and, when you look up, you discover eyes drawn as friezes… A mirror room, playful and akin to an ice cream parlour or a small street boudoir, called TAMATÉ , which imitates a French expression from the South.
Across the street, the FARNIENTE Siesta Room of Victoria Ayayi and Gabriel Vuillemin, with its climbing plans at ground level, hard tatamis, a translucent screen, frames placed against the wall, in transit (Mention Spéciale Eyes On Talents X Frame).
Hugo Drubay proposes AN INTERIOR GARDEN where shapes are drawn from nature and lead to the questioning of one’s future: sea urchins, starfish and shells reproduced in ceramics, are dreams of reality that have become reality itself (Mobilier National Prize)…
With APRICARI, Audrey Guimard and Bérénice Golmann-Pupponi offer us shelter from the rising waters. The sea has receded, leaving on the walls concretions of shells bleached by the sun. Uncomfortable furniture, linked to our future lifestyles, extracted from car bodies and corrugated iron… (Special mention from the Jury).
Upstairs, in the noble apartments, designer François Champsaur, President of the Jury of this 4th edition, presents a way of life in reconciliation with nature. Prototypes made locally, local collaborations, plant materials, an outdoor bed and its bed canopy made of palm leaves and cut branches… only the most unindustrialized objects possible.
In a series of rooms, it is an anthology of creativity…
First cell: ZOU MAË! A bathroom made of Aleppo soap that Céline Thibault (City of Toulon Public Prize) and Géraud Pellottiero imagined after having to throw away an astronomical amount of waste. As a result, they wanted to work with the Savonnerie Plaisant in La Seyne-sur-Mer: thus the scenography will have become soap again at the end of the exhibition: the bathroom, from the draft screen to the bathtub sculpted in the material, will become material again. Amazing!!! (winners of the Grand Prix Design Parade Toulon Van Cleef & Arpels)
For VILLEGIATURE, minimalism is the order of the day: Simon Moisière and Jean Rodet propose 4 walls covered with perforated panels where objects can be hung.
TRICLINIUM, these benches on which the Romans ate lying down: they are two, they are green and we lie down to dive into the Klein blue of the walls, punctuated by green plants in Majorelle blue Ravel pots. Sandro Della and Caroline Wolewinski have opted for colourful immersion. Their project will then be exhibited in Brussels (Visual Merchandising Prize awarded by CHANEL).
Next, Maeva Prigent designed EPAIR, an installation combining sculpture, craftsmanship and design: a white troglodytic plaster library, integrating the furniture into the wall, like a den.
Further on, the ANTICHAMBER, PREFIGURATION OF A TERRACE ROPE ON THE EDGE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, tiles, couscous makers in Roman columns, masonry furniture, crossing of the architectural codes of the Mediterranean basin, cultural mixing inviting to travel… for Maximilien Pellet and Zoé Piter…
Finally, physical sensations, bare feet on dry grass (rice straw), experimental logic for DÉTOUR, a setting that encourages contemplation, praises slowness to best enjoy the summer, by Hugo Poirier and Pauline Bailay.
The former bishopric of Toulon overlooks the Cours La Fayette, a place of market and ethnic mixing, in the heart of the Mediterranean confluences. Going back up the road, at number 48, l’Epicerie Simple, an organic and local canteen, offers local products and natural wines for tasting on one of few tables. Sneaking through the alleys between the cathedral and the Opera House… Within the perimeter, the renovated Halles de Toulon will open in 2020. At Bar Roger, rue Paul Lendrin, Arlette observes the evolution of the neighbourhood’s customers, who come to taste the fresh and authentic pasta of Fabbrica di Marco, an Italian restaurant that opened at 27 on its street. Going up rue Corneille, four tables on the sidewalk, a Creole-coloured room, it is the inimitable friendly atmosphere of Diamant Créole, a mini restaurant run by Bruno, who is in tune with the pulse of the street. A jump to the Maison de la Photographie, Place du Globe, then a tea at the Chantilly, a brewery opened in 1907, with a velvety chic on the pretty Place Puget… In the evening, cocktail and music at the Telegraph, the city’s new trendy cultural venue before diving into the swimming pool of the Grand Hôtel Dauphiné, the only one in town to have a pretty pool on its roof terrace, overlooking the harbour cranes. And dream of new scenery in the open air for Mediter-rannée.
– Design Parade Toulon https://villanoailles-hyeres.com/festivals/design-parade-toulon
– Ancien Evêché de Toulon, 69 cours La Fayette
– L’Epicerie Simple, 48 cours La Fayette https://lepicerie-simple.com/
– Bar Roger, rue Paul Lendrin
– la Fabbrica di Marco, 27, rue Paul-Lendrin
– le Diamant Créole, restaurant associatif, 6 rue Corneille
– Le Télégraphe, 2 rue Hippolyte Duprat, https://letelegraphe.org/
– Le Chantilly, 15 place Pierre Puget
– Maison de la Photographie, 13 rue Nicolas Laugier https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maison-De-La-Photographie/2050678455163341
– Grand Hôtel Dauphiné, http://www.grandhoteldauphine.com/