These Ceramics in a Former French Salon Are the Exact Amount of ’80s Nostalgia We Need Right Now

When Italian designer Valentina Cameranesi and curator Matylda Krzykowski first saw the former hairdresser’s shop in Toulon, France — where the interior design portion of the annual Design Parade festival is held this year — its windows were plastered with the word “Féminin.” Perhaps it was fate, because the word is an apt reference to Cameranesi’s work, which is on view in the former salon in her first solo exhibition until September 24. Cameranesi’s still lifes, which include ceramics, textiles, and photographs, are erotic and striking, with vases reminiscent of both female and male body parts. The set design, which includes pale pink displays with images of big hair and blocky pedestals and props, inspires ’80s-era nostalgia — a time, explains Krzykowski, “when women were more confident, sensual, and elegant … before they started to emulate men in fashion and outward appearance in order to look more powerful.” The pieces themselves, which are primarily black, white, and a deep purplish-blue, are elegant, powerful, and definitely worth a visit to see in this environment.

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