The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is launching Oui Design, a multifaceted program to foster creative exchange in design between France and the U.S. by partnering with individuals and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. Supported by Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the Florence Gould Foundation, Oui Design is a 2 year program and will consist of exhibitions, talks, workshops, debates and more. During NYCxDESIGN, in partnership with WantedDesign, Oui Design will explore the intersection of design and savoir-faire, and investigate the impact of design on our daily lives with a series of projects at WantedDesign Manhattan and Brooklyn. The program includes the Transatlantic Creative Exchange exhibition, We Trust in Wood by matali crasset and Le vent des Forets, Visual Magnetics collaboration with French graphic artists Antoine+Manuel and a conversation presented by Intramuros magazine on the collaboration between Bernhardt design and French designer Oceane Delain.
Lastly, the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle-Les Ateliers (ENSCI-Les Ateliers), will be leading the WantedDesign Design Schools Workshop this year.
We are also excited to have the French Pavilion and additional French manufacturers and French American collaborations presented at WantedDesign Manhattan, including Blackbody, Fermob, LightArt+iwoodlove and KinderMODERN.
“Promoting French creativity and Savoir Faire and initiating French-American collaborations has been a dear and important mission for us since the beginning of WantedDesign. Oui Design program is a key initiative that we are thrilled to support and to be part of.” Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat – More
Transatlantic Creative Exchange
The exhibition at WantedDesign Brooklyn showcases prototypes and unique pieces resulting from the collaborations between the French and American designers and manufacturers. The participants come from all around both countries, offering an interesting way to discover different regions of France and the U.S. through their creative backgrounds. Those collaborations are about experimentation, thinking outside of the box, bringing new vision and new ideas to life without commercial constraints.
We trust in wood
We trust in wood presents the richness of a very elemental exchange between the French designer matali crasset, invited in residency by the rural art center located in Meuse, Vent des Forêts and the artisans of this territory not known for its resources. “Aside from simply making these objects, this project was also about spotlighting men and women in a particular field, with certain methods and skills, and hopefully leading them on to other adventures and projects.” says matali crasset. More
Design Schools Workshop: Playtime
The Design Schools Workshop presented with Core77 focuses on material exploration within the theme of “Playfulness”. Each team will be producing objects with materials such as wood, glass and textile. Part of Oui Design, the school leading the workshop will be ENSCI-Les Ateliers (France) under the supervision of designer and teacher Matt Sindall. Other participating schools are Aalto University (Finland), Centro (Mexico), Pratt Institute (U.S.), Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera (El Salvador) and Art Center College of Design (U.S.). More
Read Core77 interview with Matt Sindall
Visual Magnetics and Antoine+Manuel
French graphic artists Antoine Audiau and Manuel Warosz (Antoine+Manuel) who designed the identity of Oui Design, will present a collage project using a wall covered in magnetic materials produced by Visual Magnetics.“ We are honored to have Antoine and Manuel take our materials for a spin as a new medium. Our collaboration with the design French duo creates an opportunity for WantedDesign Manhattan visitors to totally immerse themselves in one of their pieces in the form of an expansive interactive mural.” comments Joe Deetz, Visual Magnetics CEO. More
French-American talk by Intramuros
Intramuros Editor in Chief and Publisher Chantal Hamaide will introduce and discuss the French-American success story behind the new Mellow sofa launched by Bernhardt Design, resulting of the collaboration between the US manufacturer and young French designer Oceane Delain. The designer was discovered by Jerry Helling in Paris thanks to the VIA (Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement) Creation Assistance Grant 2015 exhibit. With Jerry Helling, Bernhardt Design President; Oceane Delain, French designer; Jean Paul Bath, VIA Director; Matt Sindall, designer and ENSCI-Les Ateliers, teacher. Sunday May 15, at 2pm at WantedDesign Manhattan.