Maison & Objet Show, Hall 8 - Now ! Design à vivre
From 23rd to 27th January 2015
From 23rd to 27th January, the VIA Design exposition 2015 will present VIA’s 2015 “Aides à la Création” projects at the Maison&Objet show. Financed by VIA’s annual ‘Aides à la Création’ programme, the projects on display showcase the strength of the young generation of French design, and their capacity to innovate and offer prospective projects that combine technological, societal and environmental evolutions.
The exhibition, which presents 14 prototypes – lighting, sofas, furniture, chairs, tables, air conditioning units, etc. –, is organised as follows :
One ‘Carte Blanche’ recipient, one ‘Programme ameublement’ recipient and seven ‘Aides à Projet’ recipients.
Normal Studio’s Carte Blanche recipient project : Atmosphères
Starting from the principle that environment and comfort can work together once the use of certain technologies is suitably mastered, Normal Studio and its designers, Jean-François Dingjian and Eloi Chafaï, transcend established norms and behaviours and propose a new definition of comfort. An unprecedented, non-invasive and sustainable approach.
The designers have imagined a living space that integrates and introduces different devices, including a number that are capable, for example, of producing energy, adjusting the temperature, absorbing noise pollution or defining the scope of access to digital data and information online. These all work in perfect harmony with their cultural, physical and climatic environments.
With the four prototypes (the air refreshing unit, the light capturing cell, the muffler and the light diffuser) of their Atmosphères project, Normal Studio have not designed new objects or technical equipment but have taken existing objects (furniture, lighting, mirrors and walls) and integrated these new features in their design process, and, in doing this, given them new attributes and functions.
The “Programme Ameublement” recipient project: Corpus by Benjamin Graindorge
In a context where the borders between our private spaces and professional spaces are becoming more and more porous, the ‘Programme Ameublement’ project Corpus examines contemporary behaviours and postures. In the bedroom, the living room or the office, chaise longue, side table and lamp interact in a multi-activity zone. Drawing his inspiration from anatomy, for this trio of furniture, Benjamin Graindorge has devised new assembly principles and sophisticated articulations that use both age-old and contemporary know-how. Wood, leather and fabric takes up the metaphor of the relationship between skeleton, ligaments and skin. Sandwiched between finely crafted boards of cherry wood, leather tenses the wooden structure with no other assembly element.
The seven “Aides à Projet” recipient projects
The body and comfort are also major themes of several of the offerings of the “Aides à Projet” recipients. User comfort is highlighted with the Recto-Verso lamp, designed by Bina Baitel.
With a leather cover, it moves like a digital tablet case, the back of which is covered with luminous strips, made up of OLED lights. In one piece, Recto-Verso offers different lighting moods: get direct lighting by turning the light-diffusing side outwards or indirect lighting by folding it inwards.
Knowing that major leather producers generate a large quantity of off-cuts and tonnes of leather dust in their production processes, Sybille Berger and Delphine Mériaux are endeavouring to find a new use for these two types of waste.
The Pêle-mêle stool revives the technique of leather sculpture by layering off-cuts of leather on top of one another to then sculpt the block. Using digital milling techniques, the exterior faces of the block are machined and its centre is hollowed out to provide greater seat comfort.
For the adjustable screen, leather dust is mixed with a natural binding agent to obtain a light, resistant, composite material with thermal and sound insulating qualities that is also recyclable.
With the Sillon chair, Camille Riboulleau shows the possibilities plastic still offers. Made on flat production lines, this chair takes its shape with tension once unfolded, and its structure is kept open with clips.
Another chair, Knot by Nathanaël Désormeaux and Damien Carette. Knot is a self-locking structure, the two tubes of curved steel that make it fit together mechanically, without welding or screws. The tubes are joined by four pieces of elastomer.
With her Mellow sofa, Océane Delain lets users customise the sofa according to their preference. The foam of the sofa is pierced by a network of cords that, according to their level of tension, change the shape of the seat.
Finally, Jean-Sébastien Lagrange and Raphaël Ménard’s Table Climatique addresses the issue of saving energy and temperature comfort through furniture. Made up of a folded sheet of anodised aluminium which houses phase change material (PCM) which holds and redistributes heat, this table functions as a passive thermal absorber, that is to say that it works without the need for energy. This means it can increase the level of comfort of the room in which it is placed.
The 2015 VIA Design exhibition showcases how designers are constantly outdoing themselves in anticipating and responding to the challenges of our time.
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