Exposition : Le Mobilier d’architectes, 1960-2020

The City of Architecture and Heritage honors the furniture of the great names of architecture at an exhibition-event. Of these famous creators, one often imagines the monuments, less the pieces of furniture and the everyday objects. And yet ...

Until the 30 next September, the furniture of architects is exposed to the Palais de Chaillot (16ème arrondissement). The selected creations invite visitors to discover the contribution of architects to the design sector, from the sixties to today.

With nearly 300 pieces, the exhibition "The furniture of architects, 1960-2020" offers to apprehend the originality and diversity of design productions - seating, lighting, tables, libraries, storage, objects - imagined by geniuses of the architecture of the last sixty years. Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Toyo Ito ... From the heir of tradition to the researcher, she presents eight archetypal figures of architects who have tried the art of furniture. For example, the iconic Panton Chair, Kazumasa Yamashita's tea set, and Ettore Sottsass's Enorme phone testify to the contribution of architectural thought to the design of objects.


Real journey in the permanent collections, the proposed course, discontinuous and unusual, compels visitors to take an interest in the different spaces of the institution, from the library to the museum of French monuments. The scenography, meanwhile, is sometimes a treasure hunt, where pieces are to be found between models and projects architects. If the clash often baffles us, it has the merit of making a dialogue between the richness of contemporary international design and the history of architecture and heritage, from the Middle Ages to the present.

A surprising encounter between two know-how not so far away.

Photographs: City of Architecture & Heritage - Denys Vinson, photographer

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