Designers, philosophers, manufacturers, artists, journalists, gallery owners and photographers have all added their unique perspective and their professional experience to the planning of this exhibition. Interviewed by the Peclers agency to explain their vision of le French Design and help conceptualise the project, these 40 French and foreign experts were then invited to form a think tank.
Define the essence of Le French Design, and then select 40 cult objects to represent it. A difficult choice to say the least! A choice requiring commitment, attention to detail and reasoned argument. Following both their head and heart, each participant was given the opportunity to share their ideas for the enrichment of the exhibition.
« Yes, I would say that this isn’t only the art of living, but also the ability that the French have,
through their education –because I believe this is strongly linked to education –
to have a sort of life that is somewhat sophisticated, really. »
Designer and Interior architect
« I consider that French designers still have this possibility to be able to tell a story, to have a narrative,
and to give dream-like value to objects even in the industrial context that is limited and restrained. »
« It is important, at some point, to answer the question we are asked, by being inventive.
We shouldn’t solve the problem in a simple and clear manner, but rather add something to it, something surprising. »
« It’s revisiting something in a different way, something that has very strong roots, and making something abstract,
or new, something unknown out of it, but I find that this is always cultivated. »
« There are two things: first, the concept, or how they see the design of tomorrow, and second, effectively, material,
when it’s something that’s getting onto the market. »
Galerie Kamel Mennour
« Many designers do not claim, but have a calling to be very close to the arts. This means that they create objects that must be functional,
objects that should be exploited, or rather used, but with a vision that elevates function towards something that falls into thinking. »
« Designers have an extravagant role in this regard, and they certainly cannot do it without great elegance, elegance in form and use.
The link between design and utility does exist. A design must be useful. »
« The moment you say French design, people think of fashion »
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
« Art for everyone, the proper tools, finding art in everything, those were slogans that appeared widely between 1860 and 1910, upon which, a century later or more, we base our lives greatly. »
« The French spirit is also about hedonism. It is about getting pleasure. Well, first we need to know how to take pleasure before knowing if it’s well made, if it is perfectly ergonomic. It’s not a big deal, we must take pleasure. We are epicureans. »
« In Paris, there is always a certain seduction, a certain balance, a certain harmony. »