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Le French design: how innovation creates history

12 November 2018 @ 10.00 am - 8.00 pm


This exhibition, presented by the Institut Français, aims to redefine “the links between arts, design and our ways of living” through a selection of works by 14 French designers from the Made in France en Transparence group.

This is an interesting cooperative of designers who came together in 2014, essentially to bypass the traditional retail routes to market; they hold exhibitions in chateaux around France where designers can sell without fees or commissions and “le grand public à redécouvrir ses trésors cachés du patrimoine d’hier et de demain” (the public at large can rediscover the hidden treasures of yesterday’s heritage and of tomorrow’s). Or to put it another way: independent designers can’t afford to take part in the big-name design fairs, which means they are effectively squeezed between ‘made in China’, Ikea and the luxury market.

The somewhat lofty goal of Made in France en Transparence is “to transform the poison into an elixir, making a radical change that positions design, not as a sector reserved for an elite, not as a low-end sector that has lost a sense of heritage, but as a privileged moment of meetings and discoveries of men, of women, know-how and history …”

It will be instructive to see how this is delivered in the form of actual product. The exhibition’s curator, artist/designer Maud Louvrier-Clerc (who as Maud LC is also one of the exhibitors), has big ambitions for the group: “Faced with the climatic challenges of the 21st century, it is vital to promote an innovation geared towards sustainable development, enabling a responsible way of life. French design, in reflecting its heritage, conveys this philosophy”.

The exhibition runs to 17 November.

Above: Boa lamp by Anne-Charlotte Saliba


12 November 2018
10.00 am - 8.00 pm
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d3, Building 7
Dubai Design District
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