Material Matters/Matières Premières – Merci Concept Store – Paris Design Week

serralunga-material-matters-merci-paris-designistiPots by Massimiliano Adami – for Serralunga

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Installation at Merci-Store in Paris: 2,25m Lamp by Mac Lummel, the iconic Fiat 500 covered in concrete wallpaper by Piet Boon

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According to the monday motto of this week which is all about the sense of touch I would like to talk about an exhibition I visited during the last Paris Design Week in early September.

The concept store merci opened the season along with the start of Maison&Objet and Paris Design Week with a strong focus on selected designers who use a new freedom of “material design” in their work, showing a respect for natural or traditional materials.

The exhibition was all about new textures with a raw, unfinished look although not every object has just been raw-looking. The choice of materials: concrete, glass, cardboard, resin, loofah, sugar, porcelain, rice or corn.

So the approach reminded me of the pioneering work of the Campana-Brothers who might be regarded as the Fathers of this ongoing movement in Design towards the materials. Have a look into it:

Merci-paris-exhibition-matières premières, Installation, DesignistiMatières Premières Exhibition during Paris Design Week at Merci Concept-Store, the central table is part of a barrel of a barrel of 5 000 liters, found in basement of Queen Margot of Romania castle (at the back wall – bullock blood – a red color)

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Stamp Lamp, by 3 Design Students from ECAL (Lausanne Cantonal School of Art)

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chairs-by-Hitoshi-Makino-Woytek-WeidneChairs – left by Woytek Weidne, right by Hitoshi Makino, below: Pet Lamp by Alvara Catalán de Ocón at Merci, Paris

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2 Comments

  1. It seems we have been there at similar dates. I do have the same pics, except for the large round table where they had displayed mainly ceramics during my visit. What do you think about the grey mini look? I liked it much better when it was red. It looked a bit sad to me. For the rest, great as usual!

    • Joanna

      Hi Gudy! Thank you so much for stopping by! Oh yes, they do such a great job. And it is always inspiring, no problem to stay there for hours… I love the vintage cinquecento too but as you said, for me the grey looked a bit odd, especially on a rainy day like it was back then…I hope it gets rosso again… or what about next time yellow?

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