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Think tank

A diverse perspective for a one-of-a-kind exhibition !

le french design

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.

The objective of this 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.

Lorenz Baumer

Lorenz Bäumer
Jewellery creator

« There’s some audacity, some poetry. »

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
Fashion designer, Designer

“And so, across the century, there is always an incarnation of this poetry,
in which poetry never succumbs to function. “

Denis Darzacq

Denis Darzacq
Photographer

« There is a French specificity to always hide the subject, maybe,
to always pass by it, as though being specific or evident is almost vulgar. »

Yann Kersale

Yann Kersalé
Visual artist

 « There’s a certain elegance, undoubtedly, to working a high-level form of handicraft,
not only when it’s very classical or old, but also with new technologies. »

 

Gilles Lipovestsky

Gilles Lipovetsky
Philosopher

« This dimension, which foreigners envy us for, the image of our country in the world’s imagination,
the art of living
à la française, is beauty, elegance, it’s Paris. »

Brigitte Pery

Brigitte Pery-Eveno
Van Cleef & Arpels

« France is still the leader in the world of drawing, the world of culture. »

Guy Savoye

Guy Savoy
3-star chef

« What I call the French Flair is, there is a word to summarize it, and that is fantasy at the right moment. »

Chantal Thomass

Chantal Thomass
Fashion designer

«  Besides, we have this fantasy, an elegance but with a bite.  »

Les designers
matali crasset

matali crasset
Designer

« 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. »

Noé Duchaufour Lawrance

Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance
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. »

Lina Ghotmeh

Lina Ghotmeh
Architect

« Objects that are much more responsible in the sense that it allows us to live in a more sustainable way. »

Gunjan Gupta

Gunjan Gupta
Designer

« Being the top of luxury production in the world, from my perspective. »

Patrick Jouin

Patrick Jouin
Designer

« 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. »

Mathieu Lehanneur

Mathieu Lehanneur
Designer

« It gives you the freedom of not being completely tied down by your client. »

Christian Liaigre

Christian Liaigre
Interior architect

Matt Sindall

Matt Sindall
Designer

Jean-Michel Wilmotte

Jean-Michel Wilmotte
Architect, Urban Planner and Designer

Pierre Yovanovitch

Pierre Yovanovitch
Interior architect

« 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. »

Le marché de l'art

 

Didier Kerzentowski

Didier Krzentowski
Galerie Kreo

« 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. »

Kamel Mennour

Kamel Mennour
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. »

Patrick Perrin
Pavillon des Arts et du Design

« The quality of French, and sometimes -not always- European, artisans and know-how is considerable. »

entreprises
Christian Blankaert

Christian Blanckaert
Hermès International

« Designers have an extravagant role in this regard, and they certainly cannot do it without great elegance, elegance in form and use.
T
he link between design and utility does exist. A design must be useful. »

Jerry Helling

Jerry Helling
Bernhardt Design

“You really have to drill down to the details, the line, the quality to really understand what works french design”

Amélie Dupassage

Amélie du Passage
Petite Friture

« The observation that I hear about France is that there’s a certain refinement. »

Olivier Perruchot

Olivier Perruchot
Piaget

« It is true that this is what foreigners envy us for,
especially with the use of this expression in English, and even in French, this “je ne sais quoi”.
 »

Bernard Reybier

Bernard Reybier
Fermob

« The interesting thing is the way in which we successfully manage, and will manage,
to transform cultural and historical achievements that are unique and specific to us. »

Michel Roset

Michel Roset
Ligne Roset

« Let’s say it like it is : we are a people of seduction. Really, we do have that. »

Les institutions

Paola Antonelli
MoMa

« The moment you say French design, people think of fashion »

Hervé Barbaret

Hervé Barbaret
Mobilier National

« We are not as ostentatious as other designs may be, but we are not heavily bare, either. »

Olivier Gabet

Olivier Gabet
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. »

Marva Griffin
Salone Satellite

Dakin Hart

Dakin Hart
Noguchi Museum

Francine Levy

Francine Lévy
École nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière

René Jacques Mayer

René-Jacques Mayer
École Camondo

« It is to valorize writings that are very different, but that are rooted, each time, in something that simultaneously carries a historical dimension, but also the link to a certain context. »

Max Moulin

Max Moulin
Institut Français

Cloé Pitiot

Cloé Pitiot
Centre Pompidou

Zoe Ryan

Zoë Ryan
The Art Institute of Chicago

Romane Sarfati

Romane Sarfati
Cité de la céramique, Sèvres & Limoges

« It is audacity in colors, audacity of materials that are not related at first glance. »

Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic
Design Musem, London

La communication

Sylvie Adigard
Design and lifestyle journalist

« It also goes in the sense of better consumption. »

Stephane Gaillard

Stephane Gaillard
Publicis Conseil

« 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. »

Chantal Hamaide

Chantal Hamaide
Intramuros

« In Paris, there is always a certain seduction, a certain balance, a certain harmony. »

Franka Holtmann

Franka Holtmann
Hôtel Le Meurice

Franck Millot

Franck Millot
Salon Maison & Objet

« There is poetry, yes, there’s an artistic dimension, links and ties that enrich the product beyond its usage value. »

Floriane de Saint Pierre

Floriane de Saint-Pierre
Floriane de Saint-Pierre et Associés

« I think that today, the role of design is to truly reach an ideology of society.
It is an ideology of society, and it is, in reality, an accompaniment of society in its true needs. »

Carolina Tinoco

Carolina Tinoco
Curator

Ariel Wizman

Ariel Wizman
Journalist

« The bottom line is to always do frivolous things seriously, and serious things frivolously. »