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The incredible story of Design recapped by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris

The incredible story of Design recapped by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris

Until the 27th of December 2018, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris, retraces the history of design, from the 40s until today.

Facing the Tuileries gardens, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has undergone a renovation in order to reveal its setting dedicated to design through the unique panorama of contemporary creation. The exhibiton, La Folle Histoire du Design, offers a global vision of its collections spanning a 2000 m² scenography that displays more than 1000 works conceived by cult designers.

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs showcases the Story of Design

The visitor is invited to stroll through the eclectic universe of Jean Prouvé, François-Xavier Lalanne, Roger Tallon, Charlotte Perriand, Philippe Starck, Jasper Morrison or Iris van Herpen. As an echo to graphic art, fashion, wall papers, toys, glassware and photography, their spotlight pieces are presented in amusing galleries set up by Normal Studio.

 Rhinoceros desk  François-Xavier Lalanne
Conceived in 1967, the Rhinocretaire brass desk by François-Xavier Lalanne is estimated at 130000 €. © Jean Tholance
Gunjan Gupta Muda Walla Throne Chair
The very unusual Muda Walla Throne chair, by Gunjan Gupta, happens to be very comfortable. © GP

Very tempting vintage furniture

From the 3rd to the 8th level of the Pavillon de Marsan, a wing of the Louvre turned into a museum, the impressive views of the Eiffel Tower and the arcades of Rue de Rivoli are showcased amongst objects and historical furniture highlighting aesthetics. From recent acquisitions to pieces never exhibited, this retrospective is a way to rethink one's own decoration, while admiring very tempting vintage furniture on display….

Tapio Wirkkala bottles 1966
In 1966, artist Tapio Wirkkala created these two-toned bottles owned by savy collectors. © Jean Tholance
Yuya Ushida Prototype for a sofa
Edited in several colors, the sofa by Japanese designer Yuya Ushida comprises 8000 wood chopsticks. © Jean Tholance

Design forever, between dreams and fantasies