Design oracles. A look at the design collection from the Centre national des arts plastiques Gaîté lyrique, Paris, 3 avril – 16 août 2015

« Design can be seen as an oracle that reveals our times. It can be ultra-light when we’re travelling easy, plump when we need protection, conventional to provide reassurance, intimate to better cuddle us. It is meditative to appease us, figurative to delight us, absurd to challenge us and natural so that we form attachments. It can also become virtual so as to transport us. »
Lidewij Edelkoort, exhibition curator

10 THEMES, 10 NARRATIVES
TO TELL THE STORY OF THESE ORACULOUS OBJECTS!
Each story communicates a lifestyle and a desire for self-expression:

PRIMITIVE – NOMADIC – ABSTRACT – NAÏVE – CURIOUS – SIMPLE – AUDACIOUS – ORGANIC – HUMBLE – MUTANT

THE EXHIBITION
La Gaîté lyrique and the Centre national des arts plastiques (National center for visual arts- CNAP) have joined forces to invite renowned trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort to take a unique and original look at the CNAP’s design and decorative arts collection in a new exhibition.
The design collection of the Centre national des arts plastiques, one of the largest in Europe, reflects the diversity and transformation of the contemporary world. Lidewij Edelkoort’s prospective and eclectic approach is in keeping with the spirit of this collection, acquiring the most important forms of artistic expression from the past thirty years, be they French or international, in order to build the cultural heritage of tomorrow.

While objects in dialogue and new manufacturing methods open up fresh perspectives of society, Design Oracles brings together objects embedded with a prophetic power to anticipate or reveal our key lifestyles and the domestic landscape at large.

Lidewij Edelkoort’s approach draws from the CNAP ‘s rich collection and seeks to reflect the trends and changes that bridge our two centuries. Questioning the notion of an object in a world of flux and information is more important than ever before to better understand the challenges our constantly-evolving world faces.

THE CURATOR
Lidewij Edelkoort is one of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters. Her predictions highlight concepts that will be essential in the coming years for industries as diverse as fashion, design and interiors. Former director of the Design Academy Eindhoven (1998-2008) and founder of the School of Form in Poland (since 2011), she is a major influence in the design world. As a curator, Lidewij Edelkoort has created exhibitions for international institutions. TrendTablet.com, her online platform, invites audiences to discover how trends and lifestyles constantly evolve.

A NON-COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF THE DESIGNERS FEATURED IN THE EXHIBITION
5.5 Designers, Ron Arad, Maarten Baas, Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec, Andrea Branzi, Garouste & Bonetti, Konstantin Grcic, Richard Hutten, Hella Jongerius, Rei Kawakubo, Enzo Mari, Issey Miyake, Jasper Morrison, Scholten & Baijings, Weiki Somers, Robert Stadler, Philippe Starck, Studio Job, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders, and more.

Source de l’article : http://www.cnap.fr/design-oracles