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'Nouvelle vague' in Milan

15 Apr 2011

'Nouvelle vague, the new French domestic landscape' is an exhibition with A+A Cooren, Ionna Vautrin, Pierre Favresse, Studio Nocc and Pool at the Milan Design Furniture Fair 'off'.

'Entitled Petite Friture, Moustache, Superette, Specimen and Goodbye
Edison. Punchy and easy to remember names chosen to stand out from the
plethora of new French furniture and objects producers. France has never
known such an entrepreneurial frenzy in the design world. In barely
three years, the French design market has seen more producers emerge,
but also design galleries (YMER & MALTA, Next Level Galerie, Fat
Galerie, Galerie BSL, Galerie Gosserez, etc...) than over the last ten

'Rush' Chair by Studio Nocc     -     'Hippo' Lamp by A+A Cooren (Vertigo Bird, 2011)

'Rush' is a chair that is entirely covered with straw using a traditional rushing technique. This technique, strongly associated in popular culture with traditional peasant furniture, is used here to trigger the memory of the childhood chair. The straw is transposed and expanded on the Rush chair to the point where it becomes the main element. Through this process, the memory is transformed into the essence of the chair. Thanks to the inner steel structure, the chair's overall shape is no longer restricted to the bulky aesthetic of the past; it appears light and aerial, maintaining the stiffness that the rushing technique affords. Photo credit : Benjamin Ledu

The 'Hippo' is a series of lamps attached on a magnetic spindle. The rounded glass volume with the reflective metal calyx stays stable by the pull of magnetism. Hippo is easy to set and change as desired by the user. It possesses a sculptural and modern presence with its soft and cozy diffused light. Photo credit : A+A Cooren

'Wryneck' side table by Pool
Borrowed from the forest, the trunk 'Wryneck' uses both the craftsmanship of the veneer and industrial technology of the digital cutting to find its place in a domestic space,without renouncing its original state. Photo credit : Benjamin Ledu

'In very little time, their pioneering work, production,
and commercialisation of new object and furniture collections has
permitted a new generation of designers to stand out and become visible.
Their work has also given this new wave confidence. Now uninhibited,
polyglot and entrepreneurial, they take risks, auto-produce and are
opening out to the world. From amongst these numerous new faces, five
obviously outstanding are presented at this exhibition: A+A Cooren,
Ionna Vautrin, Pierre Favresse, Studio Nocc and Pool.'

Floor lamp 'Forêt illuminée' by Ionna Vautrin
Two trees intertwined, an imaginary animal, a cloud hugging the ground ...
Composed of a luminous cocoon wearing two trunks of wood, this light awakens the imagination.
Two simple wooden cylinders extend as light masts on which lies a misty lampshade in tyvek. Photo credit : Ionna Vautrin

'Torii' stool by A+A Cooren
Inspired by the traditional Japanese Shrine gate, Torii is a comfortable stool made in Ash and Oak wood. The Torii can fit in any small space, and can also be used as an ottoman.
The shelf under the comfortable curved seat can be used as a useful storage space for magazines or books. Photo credit : Anthony Girardi

'Metal band' shelves by A+A Cooren
Inspired by a children's rubber-band toy gun, the wooden shelves are affixed to vertical tube legs by a large metal band. By combining the module elements, the height and width are easily customizable.
The vertical protruding part of shelf prevents books from falling sideways. Photo credit : A+A Cooren

Collection 'Perch' by Pierre Favresse
The Perch Collection consists of several pieces based on the same construction: a reading chair, coat rack, rocking chair, chair and desk with integrated light. With this collection I wanted to show a large family of functionalities working off the same principle. Colour scheme harmony was also an important part of the project with each colour “coded” for a different function, or specific place you would typically find the piece of furniture in your home. Photo credit : Benjamin Ledu

Exhibition: 'Nouvelle vague, the new French domestic landscape '
Curator: Cédric Morisset
Centre Culturel Français
Palazzo delle Stelline
Corso Magenta 63
20123 Milano - Italy
From 12th to 17th April 2011 - from 10am to 7pm

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