Design Parade, a Festival in the French Countryside, is the Anti–Design Fair
Each spring, as we’re challenged to survive the Milan fair, New York Design Week, and Design Miami-Basel in rapid succession, life really does start to feel like one big, annoying, never-ending design parade. And yet funny enough, the festival of that same name, which takes place in early July at the Villa Noailles in Hyères, often feels like the antidote — a charming anti-design-fair in the French countryside where creativity, not commerce, is the only thing on the agenda. This year, as in past years, the Villa itself has been given over to presentations of work by 10 emerging designers, who will be competing for grants and residencies, as well as exhibitions by past winners of said grants and residencies. And for the first time ever, the neighboring town of Toulon has become host to a series of 10 fantasy rooms built by 10 interior design teams, as well as satellite exhibitions like the Valentina Cameranesi show we featured yesterday. Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite picks from both events.
Bedroom by Emmanuelle SimonInstallation by 2016 prize-winner Samy Rio A survey of works by Maria Jeglinska Salernes terracotta exhibition by Thélonious GoupilSalernes terracotta exhibition by Thélonious GoupilOutdoor furnishings by Florent JullienWooden furniture by Lisa ErtelFountain by Arthur Hoffner
A “haunted house” designed by Vincent Darré A “haunted house” designed by Vincent Darré
Retrospective of work by Design Parade head jury member Inga Sempe Doodle exhibition by Adrien Rovero An exhibition of glass designs by Pernelle Poyet