Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Hôtel des Arts - 01 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles

With Design Parade Postponed Until 2021, the Cities of Hyères and Toulon Took Their Exhibitions (Mostly) Outside

Like most international art and design festivals this year, the annual Design Parade — which typically takes place across two cities in the south of France and is on record as one of our favorites — was forced to postpone its summer edition until 2021. Somehow, these restrictions don’t seem to have reduced the activity in Hyères and Toulon by much. In Toulon, the common thread of the city’s summer exhibitions — which have moved primarily outside, and are on view until October 31 — is Alexander Benjamin Navet, the French artist who won the Grand Prix de Design Parade Toulon in 2017. Navet’s colorful line drawings and saturated paintings are splashed all over the façade of the town’s Hôtel des Arts (which hosts inside an exhibition of photographs by François Halard); painted fresco-style inside the courtyard at Ancien Évêché, a former bishop’s palace (which also showcases the furniture work of Benoît Maire), and hung as free-standing works of art at key intersections throughout the city.

In Hyères, young artists were invited for residencies, including Antoine Carbonne, who painted frescoes directly onto the walls of the swimming pool, the squash courts, and the gymnasium. In the paintings, Carbonne recreates moments in the lives of the villa’s patrons, Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, but fades them as if burned by the sun and the passage of time. In town, Villa Noailles has opened an annex, with an interior designed by Superpoly, for future exhibitions. And the villa’s permanent exhibition has been updated to include the work of more recent artists, such as Pierre Chareau and Eileen Gray.

Toulon

Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Hôtel des Arts - 10 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Alexandre Benjamin Navet et Arthur Hoffner - Hôtel des Arts - 02 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles François Halard 6 François Halard 7

Alexander Benjamin Navet (top) and François Halard (bottom) at the Hôtel des Arts

Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Rue des arts - 04 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Rue des arts - 10 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Rue des arts - 02 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Rue des arts - 12 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Rue des arts - 13 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles

Alexander Benjamin Navet in the Rue des Arts

Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Ancien Evêché - 07 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Ancien Evêché - 09 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Ancien Evêché - 13 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Ancien Evêché - 02 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Alexandre Benjamin Navet - Ancien Evêché - 14 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles

Alexander Benjamin Navet in the courtyard at Ancien Evêché

Benoit Maire - Ancien Evêché - 01 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Benoit Maire - Ancien Evêché - 12 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Benoit Maire - Ancien Evêché - 03 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Benoit Maire - Ancien Evêché - 05 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Benoit Maire - Ancien Evêché - 06 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Benoit Maire - Ancien Evêché - 07 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles

Benoit Maire at Ancien Evêché

Camondo Mediterranee - Monique Boutique - 2 © Jun Xu Camondo Mediterranee - Monique Boutique - 4 © Jun Xu Camondo Mediterranee - Monique Boutique - 3 © Jun Xu

Ecole Camondo Méditerranée at Monique Boutique

Hyéres

L'Annexe - Superpoly - 05 © Luc Bertrand - villa Noailles L'Annexe - Superpoly - 02 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles L'Annexe - Superpoly - 03 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles L'Annexe - Superpoly - 04 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles

L’Annexe by Superpoly

Antoine Carbonne 01 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Antoine Carbonne 06 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Antoine Carbonne 08 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Antoine Carbonne 09 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles Antoine Carbonne 02 © Luc Bertrand : villa Noailles

Antoine Carbonne

La Langouste 02 © Luc Bertrand - villa Noailles La Langouste 05 © Luc Bertrand - villa Noailles La Langouste 03 © Luc Bertrand - villa Noailles La Langouste 06 © Luc Bertrand - villa Noailles La Langouste 04 © Luc Bertrand - villa Noailles La Langouste 01 © Luc Bertrand - villa Noailles

La Langouste snack bar

Pierre Chareau, Table téléphone, Circa 1925

Pierre Chareau furniture from the permanent exhibition “Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, a life as patrons.”