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Nouvelles Vagues: check out India Mahdavi’s latest exhibitionFriday 19 July 2019
India Mahdavi is known for her dramatic and exotic take on her interior design projects. Recently the Centre Pompidou has presented a showcase featuring some designed collections staged by the French designer. CovetED is giving you further details on Nouvelles Vagues and its beachlike furniture and exhibit.
Nouvelles Vagues is a showcase being exhibited on the occasion of the Toulon Interior Architecture Festival. It’s presented by the Pompidou Center with a display based around its 20th-century design collection. This initiative, curated by Marie-Ange Brayer, had its whole scenography curated by India Mahdavi. It’s definitely a perfect example of a tribute to stripes and its use in both decoration and furniture design.
The stripe has been associated with the concept of Summer and Beachtime, so it’s no wonder Mahdavi used this pattern to her advantage for the display that is also very allusive to the art deco style. She even distorted the look of the pattern to make it more curvy and wavy in order to allude to the playfulness of a beach spot. Spread through many areas of the display are several iconic pieces of design.
The initiative explores the history of design in a successful form through the evolution of forms, leading guests through the industrialization felt throughout the twentieth century. Inserted within the exhibition there are more than sixty pieces all of which belong to the Centre Pompidou’s collections.
Matching with the many striped backgrounds are the many chairs used throughout different periods. Among some of the works on display are classics such as Robert Mallet-Stevens’ lounge chair (1923) and also Martin Székely’s Chaise Longue Pi (1983). The tour guests will take will go from different seasons exploring even the most recent examples which include the new forms of the pop years, including the fashion of inflatable chairs. Without a doubt, this is a timeless tribute to the evolution of the playful designs of beach chairs.
India Mahdavi is an Iranian born designer, raised by a Persian father and Egyptian-English mother. She’s been in contact with a culturally diverse lifestyle that had an influence in her inspirations reflected in eclectic projects in the interiors of homes, hotels, commercial spaces and furniture. This project is another example of the playfulness she’s known to add to her design projects, as well as a real touch of femininity exclusive to her.
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