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Les Puces du Design Becomes DESIGN FAIR PARISWednesday 7 March 2018
Les Puces du Design Becomes DESIGN FAIR PARIS ⇒ New name, new ambitions. The 38th edition of Les Puces du Design is now called «DESIGN FAIR PARIS – Modern & Vintage» and honours Olivier Mourgue, the designer chosen 50 years ago by Stanley Kubrick to illustrate the furniture of the future in the movie «2001: A Space Odyssey». Join CovetED and head to the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, in the French capital, from April 5 to 8!
On the international scene of vintage design, the reputation of Les Puces du Design is widely recognized. It was the first event in Europe to offer, in a public event moreover, exclusively after-war furniture. The show remains unique today, both for its durability and its ability to renew and innovate, bringing together twice a year, for 19 years now, a pertinent and eclectic selection of design and fashion specialists.
As the founder of Les Puces du Design, Fabien Bonillo, explains, since November 2016, he has “decided to give a new dimension to the Puces du Design: namely, a mix of modes of expression and eras provided that quality is at the rendezvous. First accompanied by the Studio 5.5, who knew each edition, giving a tone to the event while preserving the values of requirement, quality and user-friendliness which made the success of Puces du Design all these years, I decided today to change the name of the event for «DESIGN FAIR PARIS – Modern & Vintage», in order to assert its original place on the international scene of design since it is the only one to date to offer what design could offer better, bringing together all eras, all origins and all styles”.
Destined for design lovers, with many of them following Les Puces du Design for the last 19 years, Paris is mandatory from April 5 to 8. With a strengthened international dimension, this new appointment with all the modes of expression that design can cover has a vast program to enjoy for 4 days at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, namely: the icons of design, historical pieces, first series and old editions (an ephemeral museum of design that has no equivalent in Paris); the current design brands that publish today the pieces that will be collected tomorrow; the emerging designers who draw the strong tendencies of the contemporary design scene and who exercise their talents in fashion, ceramics, furniture and, sometimes, also floral art or even chocolate; and much more.
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On the occasion of the next DESIGN FAIR PARIS, Jean-Yves Allemand, a gallerist from Poitiers among the oldest vintage design specialists in France, has decided to pay homage to the funny and humanist Olivier Mourgue, with its sculptural and sensual designs. Born in Paris, in 1939, and trained at École Boulle and Arts Déco in Paris, Olivier Mourgue was one of the most outstanding designers of his generation. He has collaborated, from the early 60s and until the late eighties, with large design firms, such as Airborne, Disderot or Mobilier International, but also with Renault or Prisunic.
Its avant-garde and sculptural design is also tinged with humour and humanism. His most famous series, Djinn – in tribute to the geniuses of the Arab culture, who can adopt any form, human or animal – was chosen by Stanley Kubrick to illustrate the furniture of the future in his film «2001: A Space Odyssey». The seats, which were the first to be designed with a steel frame upholstered in polyurethane foam and covered with fabric, retain their futuristic image 50 years later. From the end of the 60s, Olivier Mourgue became famous with ranges of furniture, both flexible and practical, imbued with the Pop Art spirit of those years, like the Flower floor lamp (designed for Disderot in 1967), the Bouloum armchair (published by Airborne in 1969) or the Montreal Series (designed for the 1967 Universal Exhibition and produced only during the two years that followed). Olivier Mourgue would also sign fittings for low-rent housing, make a series of chipboard furniture, scalable and accessible to all for Prisunic, and many other projects. With his installation in Brittany, in 1976, his career became a little more discreet. However, his pioneering and easily identifiable work will have many echoes in the following decades.
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