In January, VIA launches Le FD100, a list of 100 designers and interior designers who are sharing Le French Design around the world. This list is not a ranking but rather a photograph of French creation at a given moment: it includes the country’s leading names as well as its most promising profiles and stars of tomorrow. All convey the essential values of le French Design: art de vivre, creativity and industry, elegance and a touch of luxury, sustainable innovation, audacity, savoir-faire, balance, heritage, cultural openness and panache.
Le FD100 is a reward but it is also a responsibility.
The jury particularly noted a certain elegance, audacity and sense of balance when studying the 500 projects proposed.
These values are nourished by our history, trained in our schools and accompanied by our craftsmen and manufacturers. But they must also be expanded in a design world without borders.
To accompany this development and travel without cutting us off from our roots, le FD100 will be a reference point that gives an ongoing image of le French design and its evolutions as seen internationally. Once the list of those selected has been published in numerous countries and languages, various gallery and online exhibitions will be held. On January 16, 2019, the day the prizes will be awarded, an online data base will open that presents each project and shares a vision of design throughout the world.
This collective representation is made up of French designers, some who have long been ex-patriots, as well as foreigners who have moved to France because of their empathy with our values. It champions an attachment to quality in creation for a world that will be better conceived, more ethical and responsible and that counts on the strength and emulation of a community for sustainable innovation …
VIA launched a call for applications that was open until September 17, 2018. Over 170 projects were received and shown to a jury made up of directors of public institutions, curators, gallery owners and prestigious well-known personalities in the international design field.
From right to left on the photo:
Suvi Saloniemi, Design Museum, HELSINKI
Alain Dufour, World Design Summit
Cherine Magrabi, House of Today, BEIRUT
Agnes Kwek, (Présidente du jury), DesignSingapore Council
Miryon Ko, 21_21 Design Sight, TOKYO
Jochen Eisenbrand, Vitra Design Museum, WEIL AM RHEIN
Christopher Turner, V&A Museum, LONDON
Cristina Grajales, Cristina Grajales Gallery, NEW YORK
Anthony Morey, a+d museum, LOS ANGELES
Maria Wettergren, Maria Wettergren Gallery
Ikko Yokoyama, M+ museum for visual culture, HONG-KONG
The jury met in Paris on November 6th, 2018 to deliberate and establish the prestigious list that will be introduced to the public on January 16th, 2019 at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the presence of Philippe Starck.
The list, an indicator of the reality of creation and the porosity between its different fields, is a balanced breakdown between architects, product designers and interior designers. 50 years of French creation are thus represented from studios created in the 1970s to new ones created within the last 1 to 3 years.
Le FD100 incarnates an area that is increasingly invested by women who make up almost 40% of the selection.
Finally, le French Design also owes its prestige to designers spread over an area at different scales: 15% are based in the Paris region and 20% have their main offices abroad.