Last weekend, the Design Biennale Emergence had the good taste to take place at the Centre National de la Danse, in Pantin – a majestic brutalist building by Jacques Kalisz, initally built as an administrative centre and today turned into a contemporary dance venue.
This session of the biennale was focusing on “Ressources” and was the occasion to show the newest and future trends in this matter. The artists and craftsmen and women exhibited showed the results of their search, from jewels and ceramics recycled from old crockery (Julie Decubber) to forms of hybridity between art and design focusing more on the form than on the use (Studiolow). We personally very much appreciated the “exotic” works by Anaïs Beaulieu diverting our visions on everyday objects with a slight “add-on” as well as many other works questioning our relationship to materials and everyday objects.
On the other hand, other designers we appreciated as well focused on the necessity to work with new materials –like Anne & Thibaud Klepper‘s curved lamps made out of recycled plastics and oak wood and Victoria Lièvre‘s tableware made of orange pulp–, or to study the strength of local materials and forms –like Juliette Vergne‘s subtle silk imprints with natural dye to reproduce forms of local vegetation.
All in all, the event was a great occasion first to get out for a while and enjoy this incredible CND building, but also to question ourselves further on the topics brought forward by the Biennale. This was maybe our third or fourth time visiting it and althoug –of course– we can’t appreciate every work exhibited, we actually never regret it!
Let’s meet in the Paris Summer! Since the lockdown, we’ve felt the vaccine wind of change blowing us forward! TheWaysBeyond has started working with companies again and is now in the starting blocks to get back to our favourite discovery guided tours! All the more this year as we have been shortlisted among the 19 […]
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