Another French Revolution: Design & Prisunic in the 1970’s

From Terence Conran to Andrée Putman, major names in the design industry embarked upon Prisunic's quest for "Beauty for the price of ugliness", and good design for all. It all started during the 1930's, following the stock market crash of 1929, when famous Parisian department store Le Printemps decided to spruce up and launch a new concept. In 1936, the brand "Prisunic" was born (literally: "unique prices"). From the beginning, this innovative approach met a huge success. Renowned furniture and graphic designers or photographers gradually whipped up the perfect image, offering an avant-garde lifestyle and an affordable "new look" for interiors that left a strong imprint. The epitome of Prisunic's success came in the 1970s. (...)

The many (food) faces of Enora Lalet

Enora Lalet has been shooting her "Cooking Faces" series, mimicking classical portraits with a technique of her own, for some years. The Bordeaux-based visual artist mixes photography with body paint, culinary design, sewing, collages with an anthropological focus.

Let’s Party: Kids only, with Liu Bolin and Studio GGSV

You might regret not being 10 years old anymore... One of the most iconic contemporary art museums in the world, the Centre Pompidou, A.K.A. Beaubourg, is celebrating its 40th birthday. Acclaimed designers Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard (Studio GGSV) have been invited, on this occasion, to imagine an entirely new kind of event for the Children's Gallery. « Galerie Party », a story in three acts, takes place in a fantasy garden, where a strange house has been erected. The second act has just been unveiled. Brace yourselves (and get your kids ready): from September 9, 2017 to January 8, 2018, Chinese artist Liu Bolin, « The Invisible Man » himself, will hide – wearing his hand-panted costume matching the background, as usual- in the disruptive decor created by Studio GGSV at the crossroads of architecture and design. On the inaugural night, Liu Bolin will perform in front of the public one of his emblematic photographs-performances which allows him to camouflage himself by mimicry within the environment, thanks to his hand-painted outfit that will become the starting point of games, fancy dressing- the highlight of this very special birthday party. Children will chose among an array of costumes whether enabling them to hide in Liu Bolin's photographs collection or stand out by wearing the garden-inspired prints. « Our work ranges from concrete proposals to manifestos. We are looking for forms that offer different interpretations. Matter is at the heart of our concerns. Our production tackles a contradiction . . . We imagine more objects to make less objects. »

Playing Cowboys and Indians: NAB design

Missing those fun-filled days playing cowboys & Indians? Inspired by the North-American Indian legacy, Nicolas Abdelkader designed a coat hanger made of hand-turned beechwood. Initially trained as a draughtsman, the French designer spent 8 years working in architectural firms before setting up his own design studio, NAB, in 2014. Nicolas Abdelkader is focused on "establishing a strong interaction between the user and the object - turning this latter into an actual "Plus one" rather than seeing it as an inanimate object." Aiming towards implementing a dynamic based on material, sustainability and human interaction, the designer adds his personal touch: a pinch of humor. "Design shouldn't take itself too seriously!"

Inga Sempé for Hay

French designer Inga Sempé's Pinorama board is now available at Hay (Denmark). Pinorama was designed as a board "for all the little things you want to keep handy or aren’t sure where to put, a flexible wall module that helps you organize your everyday life, providing a functional, charming and versatile storage solution", the designer says. The perforated metal has a cork back to pin up papers and pictures. The system also features optional shelves, cylinders or mirrors that can be attached to the metal grid.

Robert Stadler: Quiz

It seems that Paris-based designer Robert Stadler has just found himself a big playground. Settled in the 1.000 m2 of the galerie Poirel in Nancy, the "QUiZ" exhibition presents some of Stadler’s work as well as a wide range of contemporary international artists and designers works. From sculptures to pieces of furniture or miscellaneous objects of desire, Stadler invites visitors to inquire, think, imagine. Curated by Robert Stadler & Alexis Vaillant, the QUiZ exhibition will take place until October 12th.

Shigeru Ban wins the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the top award in that field. In France, Shigeru Ban designed the Metz Centre Pompidou museum (see below), with an undulating white roof supported by wooden latticework. His works are known for using low-cost materials, often locally sourced: He unveiled last summer the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand (pictured above). Singaporeans will remember his Containart Pavilion for the Singapore Biennale of Architecture in 2008, aninstallation built with 150 shipping containers and recyclable paper tubes, in Marina Bay.