15th January to 4th March 2016
This exposition, one of the great showcases of the design of tomorrow, will bring together 14 prototypes financed by VIA’s annual “Aides à la Création’”grants.
New furniture, planning, lighting or sound concepts : all the projects presented reflect the ability of young French designers to create innovative, sustainable design that is mindful of the societal, technological and environmental challenges of our times.
These prototypes, the production rights for which are available, offer manufacturers and design houses a host of opportunities to develop innovative products and enter new markets.
Gilles Belley’s Carte Blanche : Rooms
A chance to live differently
Three concepts – Area, Wall and Block – each offer a new way of planning space: Area sets limits, Wall fragments and Block condenses.
These three concepts fit as easily into our living spaces as our new lifestyles do.
Gilles Belley proposes a new way of configuring living spaces by designing elements that set limits without setting them in stone, incorporate a number of functions and reserve room within the room...
This has all been thought up from a perspective of industrialisation. Structurally, the design draws on the logic of panel assembly characteristic of the vast majority of contemporary furniture production.
Partnership Project : Luth
5 lighting concepts by designer Sébastien Cordoléani, stringed-instrument maker Ugo Casalonga and lighting engineer Jean-Luc Le Deun.
These five lighting prototypes (frame, Air standard lamp, Galbe, Oblique and Tambour table lamps) showcase the simple yet highly-skilled craft of the instrument maker, a mixture of tradition and modernity. In each piece, the light showcases the diversity of the essential materials used – all native to Corsica.
This unprecedented trio – designer + stringed-instrument maker + lighting engineer – shows that bringing together different trades can help us develop new forms of economic activity.
The six ‘Aides à Projet’ grants
L'îlot, a domestic cooler, draws on the age-old technique of the clay pot cooler. A smaller pot is placed inside a larger earthenware pot filled with damp sand. The central compartment is kept at a fresh 10 to 15 degrees by the evaporation of the sand’s humidity, allowing food to be kept fresh without consuming energy.
Tuba, collection of adjustable furniture
Tuba’s tubular system is based on simple assembly principles that offer a multitude of configurations: the modules – shelf, tray, mirror and lamp – are attached to a four-legged base and go together to create different types of furniture, making it, in turn, a clothing rail, side table, console table, dressing table, and more.
Lucie Le Guen
Decki, deck chair
Decki, an indoor lounger, is an ultra-comfortable version of the deck chair.
The hornbeam-wood structure has two reclining levels and is fitted with a piece of quilted fabric fixed on horizontal supports. It is the two ‘side flaps’ of this piece of fabric that make two arms, offering greater seating comfort.
Anto, modular storage unit
Anto is made up of several identical oak modules that, assembled in their many combinations, form different types of furniture: work surface, counter, bench, bookshelf, sideboard, partition, etc.
Once stacked, these modules showcase the clever workings of the ridges on the top and bottom of each block that create a groove in which panels of fabric can slide, acting as doors.
Axel Morales and Fanny Serouart
Mire, ultra-directional speaker
This speaker explores new, ultra-directional speaker technology that produces high-quality sound in a wave of around 50 cm in diameter. This ‘laser sound ray’ can be used in three different ways. Directed towards a single listener, it gives them completely private listening without causing a nuisance in their surroundings. Directed towards the reflector or any sound reflecting surface, it enables spatial diffusion of sound. Finally, directed towards the reflector’s aluminium mousse or any other absorbent material, the device goes into mute mode. A system that opens new possibilities for museums, shopping centres as well as homes.
Charlie Zehnlé, Laurent Milon and Baptiste Viala
Kilomètre, shelving cut to size
Kilomètre proposes a production concept of shelving cut to size from seasoned planks. These standard beams of solid wood are between 4 and 11 metres long, cut into rectangles. As they are completely dry and do not warp, they are normally used in carpentry rather than furniture. Re-cutting the plank diagonally along its entire length produces two freestanding shelves which can then be cut to the desired length. The designers have imagined a new service that enables users to deal directly with sawmills and carpenters, rather than major DIY stores
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