“When it comes to fair venues, FIAC wins hands down… The Grand Palais is one of the world’s most spectacular settings for any cultural event.” –Scott Reyburn, New York Times
Known for drawing international crowds to museums housing historic art, Paris shows a modern side each year for the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain. Since 1979, the FIAC has been an important piece of the contemporary art world, showcasing collectors, artists, and curators from around the globe. This year, FIAC was held from October 18th to October 21st with over 1,500 artists and 75,000 spectators. The FIAC is held in the Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Tuileries Gardens, Place Vendôme, and Musée Eugène Delacroix.
It is also an occasion for the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art to announce the Marcel Duchamp Award which honors a French artist working in the field of visual and plastic arts. The four nominated artists for 2018 were Mohamed Bourouissa, Thu Van Tran, Clément Cogitore, and Marie Voignier. Cogitore was the 2018 winner of the prestigious French award, and is the first filmmaker to receive it.
President Emmanuel Macron of France hosted a cocktail reception at FIAC, making history as the first president since 1985 to “honor artists and creation” in such a direct way. This event is one of many rejuvenating the perception of Paris as a place of international business for art collectors. With many confirmed early sales, such as that of “Untitled (Parabolic Lens)” by Fred Eversley for $250,000, the excitement was high for a wonderful week of art and design.
“Dealers are taking risks by bringing artists that have an institutional following, but not a commercial following.” – Alain Servais, Belgian collector
This summer Jean-Noël had a fantastic time experiencing a few of Italy’s most enchanting cities and villages, traveling from Sicily to Tuscany. The architecture, art, food and sweeping views remind us of all the beauty Italy has to offer (not that we really needed reminding). We could tell you all about it, or we could just show you… Enjoy!
“The vase is an easy piece to understand that represents cultural diversity and artisanal richness.” –Francesco Pirrello, founder of Meet My Project and co-curator of the ‘1000 Vases’ show
In September 2018, as part of Paris Design Week, the form of the tabletop vase was deconstructed and redesigned by over 100 designers from around the world. ‘1000 Vases’ gave a modern twist on the ageless concept of the vase with an array of colors, materials, sizes, and visions. Curators Francesco Pirrello and Kristen de la Vallière, in collaboration with architect Roberto Baciocchi, reached out to artists from over 60 different countries in an effort to showcase a unique assortment of concepts and products.
“1000 Vases is an exhibition redefining space and the presentation of the art object. The [scene] states that the value of a work can be enriched by its proximity to another piece. The proliferation of vases actually represents the concentration of artistic creativity. The swarm of objects brings forth an emotional tingling sensation; the exhibition itself is a collector of emotions, and reflects humanity in all its diversity and richness,” said Roberto Baciocchi.
All the vases were exhibited on long table-like platforms, allowing visitors to walk around the vases, but also keeping each piece as part of a larger whole. Alone, a single vase can be beautiful, but as a series of 1000 vases they become a statement.
Featured designers include North American studios Susan for Susan, Brecht Gander, and Another Human alongside international up-and-comers Ragna Ragnarsdottir, YunWook Mun, and Avi Ben Shoshan.
For the ninth edition of their Interiors Exhibition, AD France chose “Brut et Valuable” as the theme around which fifteen participating interior designers and architects created a living space to showcase. The event was hosted in the XV century Hotel de la Bûcherie, a historically philanthropic site with stunning architecture, which was recently renovated to become La Compagnie des Philanthropes. This presentation of talent embodies the strong currents of contemporary decoration and the diversity of the styles of the moment. Check out a few of our favorites below!
Juan Pablo Molyneux, a Chilean-born American interior designer and proponent of maximalism, decorated a stunning dining room with a Neo-classical spirit. The white stucco bas-reliefs that adorn the walls were borrowed from the Parthenon. This ancient backdrop is modernized by the marble “swirl” in the ground, and accented with Greek chairs, a striking console table, and a classic round table.
Brothers Michel and Daniel Bismut make up the architecture firm Bismut & Bismut. They are known for their clean, fluid lines, sensual textures and monochrome color palette. The immersive experience they created for this exhibition includes flowing walls punctuated by graphic cuts, and juxtaposing materials of plaster, black coatings and textured paint.The central conversation bench invites contemplation, as well as exchanges of points of view.
Fabrizio Casiraghi is an Italian architect and urban planner by degree, who got his start in design at Dimorestudio in Milan. His aesthetic includes an expertly curated mixture of references, from well-selected antiques and vibrant colors, to objects of curiosity and exotic touches. In his space for “Brut et Valuable”, he instills an oriental flair with the screen and Chinese rug, which, combined with the Neo-classical fresco on the ceiling and the large, inviting armchairs, creates a perfect spirit of bohemia.
Anne-Sophie Pailleret debuted working on ephemeral sets for luxury brands, transitioned to creating more enduring spaces at Jean-Louis Denoit, and then started her own agency in 2011. Her keen eye for sophistication and attention to the details sets her apart from the rest. She uses a diverse range of textures in ivory and gold to create a tone of Hollywood glamor in this feminine space. Our favorite element is the fireplace– the shape of the frame elicits that of flames, and the texture above spreads in smoke-like scrolls. So beautiful!
Oitoemponto, which translates to “eight hours”, is comprised of work and life partners Artur Miranda and Jacques Bec. Based out of Portugal, this dynamic duo has a sense for playful opulence, mixing vivid tones and muted colors, and balancing timeless piece with eccentric ones. They are also about to deliver the new decor of the Caviar House, near the Champs-Élysées. In their set for the exhibition, they showcase their expertise in dichotomies– classic architecture paired with modern furniture, and specifically seventies black lacquered doors paired with seventeenth-century arches on the opposite wall.
The event started September 5 and just ended on Sunday, September 23. View all fifteen designers at the AD France website.