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.

So French! Beret and other clichés as design icons

Do you need to be French to appreciate this post? Certainly not, the (witty and hilarious) works by 5.5 designers studio being brilliant enough to be enjoyed without captions. But, surely, if you're not familiar with French culture and its most enduring clichés, a few jokes will be lost on you. Skilled artisans, traditional popular items and everyday objects: 5.5 reinterpreted for Renault, the car manufacturer established in 1899, some of "the mythical objects engraved in France’s collective memory". Don't miss the legendary béret and sailor shirt; the timeless game of pétanque; the Charentaise slipper; the Gallic moustache, or national emblems like the rooster and the tricolour flag - among many other things exhibited in Paris at the Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées until June 15th. Some of them (Cork Car, Carentaise slippers, Mustache Effect, It Beret and Show Glass) are available from the Atelier shop. No rooster, though. I'm French and I'm proud (and feeling slightly homesick)! A word from the designers: "All of these icons, which define France’s identity and symbolise French culture around the world, are being showcased at l’Atelier Renault in an exhibition called SO FRENCH. This encounter between traditional know-how and design has given rise to a collection of fun, elegant, clever and timeless objects. Each in its own way, these creations bear witness to the genius of French craftsmanship while paying tribute to French creativity and to the Renault brand, which is an integral part of the nation’s heritage." (copyright images 5.5 Designers/Colombe Clier, Renault)

Andy Warhol x Perrier: Happy Birthday!

The iconic beverage from South of France celebrates its 150th birthday: Perrier has teamed up with The Andy Warhol foundation to commemorate, relaunching Warhol's bold portraits of Perrier from 1983. "During the 1980s, Andy Warhol created a series of silkscreen prints depicting the bottles of sparkling water brand Perrier expressed in a bold color palette. The works were an extension of the pop artist's continued exploration into portraying consumer products in new, graphic ways, in which he developed more than 40 works using the signature Perrier bottle as his subject", recalls Michael Hermann, Perrier's director of licensing.