« Nouvelle Vague » at Harbourfront Centre – September 29 - December 23, 2012 [fr]
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) hosts, in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Toronto and with support from the Institut Français, the contemporary design exhibit “Nouvelle Vague: The New French Domestic Landscape” from September 29 to December 30, 2012.
“Nouvelle Vague” is a French exhibition curated by Cédric Morisset and featuring work by French designers A+A Cooren, Pierre Favresse, Studio Nocc, Pool, and Ionna Vautrin. The exhibition premiered at the 2011 Milan Design Week and has since been displayed at the Design Museum Holon in Israel and the Wanted Design Event in New York this past spring.
“France has never known such a creative and entrepreneurial frenzy in the design world. In a matter of three years, the design industry has seen more designers, independent labels and design galleries emerge than over the past 10 years.
Radically different from each other, but united in the spirit of collaboration and solidarity, these designers are risk-takers in the new French domestic landscape.”
Cédric Morisset, curator of the exhibit.
With a degree in History of Art and Cultural Management, Cédric Morisset turned towards design after a brief entry into contemporary art. He then became curator for an exhibition in 2003 at the invitation of the International Biennale of Design in Lisbon. Since then, he has been pursuing an interest in design through several exhibitions presented in France and outside the country such China, Brazil and Italy. Morisset is also a permanent collaborator, as a specialist in design, for A.D. magazine and Le Figaro. He also wrote the chapter on design for the book, Louis Vuitton: art & création, published by Rizzoli New York; interviewed the Brazilian designers Humberto & Fernando Campana for a book published by Archibooks; and he collaborated with Marion Vignal on the book, Les 101 mots du design (One hundred and one words of design), also published by Archibooks.
Upon graduating from the Ecole Camondo in Paris in 1999, the French-Japanese design duo, Aki and Arnaud Cooren founded A+A Cooren Design Studio in the same year. The multidisciplinary duo specialises in lighting but also excels in product, furniture, and interior design. With a simple Japanese design aesthetic, the studio seeks to integrate a subtle reference to nature into everyday objects and interiors. Some of their pieces are part of collections at the French National Contemporary Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Fund of the City of Paris.
After having specialised in design at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris, Pierre Favresse worked with designer Mathieu Lehanneur, later becoming studio director, before founding his own studio in 2010. Pierre’s creations are characterized by their simplicity, balancing craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology. Through design, Pierre plays with the use of new materials, while maintaining a strong focus on social and environmental concerns, be that through reduced manufacturing costs or eco-friendly methods and materials. Since November 2010, Pierre is the Resident Designer at the Ateliers de la Ville de Paris and is the Artistic Director of Habitat since December 2011.
Juan Pablo Naranjo and Jean-Christophe Orthlieb established Studio NOCC in 2008. Their collaboration is a permanent dialogue guided by a shared scientific mind and conceptual vision. NOCC tries not to take an object for granted and focuses on adding different layers of understanding by playing with archetypal codes in a poetic yet useful way. In 2009 NOCC developed the “Object of Sound” for Self Studio which consists of a collection of objects whose forms are generated by the shape of the soundwaves recorded when the name of each object is pronounced. NOCC was awarded Humanitech’s 2010 first prize for a cardboard bed intended for humanitarian emergencies, developed for the company Leaf supply.
Ionna Vautrin graduated from the Nantes Atlantique Design School in 2002 and has since worked for Camper in Spain, George J. Sowden in Italy, and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in France. At the same time she developed her own projects with different manufacturers: starting with Industreal, the Tools Galerie, Wallpaper and more recently for Foscarini, Moustache, and Superette. She opened her own studio in January 2011 after receiving Paris’ Grand Prize for Creativity in 2010.
POOL is a Parisian design studio founded by Léa Padovani & Sébastien Kieffer.
After meeting in 2006 when they worked at a design studio led by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, their first experiments began to take shape and the beginning of their artistic collaboration was born, with Léa working as both interior designer and studio director and Sébastien as designer. Their collaboration led the duo to create Pool in 2010, a collective concept that aims to explore associations between objects, architecture, and images. They were named the "Talents à la carte" by L’Éclaireur during the Paris furniture fair in January 2012. AD Magazine also selected Pool to compete in a contest where 10 young design firms submitted designs as contenders for a new Thierry Costes restaurant.