“Design can be seen as an oracle that reveals our times. It can be ultra-light when we're travelling easy, plump when we need protection, conventional to provide reassurance, intimate to better cuddle us. It is meditative to appease us, figurative to delight us, absurd to challenge us and natural so that we form attachments. It can also become virtual so as to transport us.” Thus speaks Lidewij Edelkoort who is curating the exhibition “Oracles du design” at the Gaîté Lyrique. She has chosen 10 themes which aim at revealing the stories hidden behind objects charged with symbols and history. All the pieces come from the design collection of the Centre national des arts plastiques. A very well thought-out and well designed catalogue was published for this occasion (Pyramyd publishers).
“Oracles du design”, Until August 16, la Gaîté lyrique, 3, bis rue Papin, Paris 3, T +33(0)1 53 01 52 00.
Ron Arad, Big Easy armchair, 2001.