ean Nouvel, mes meubles d’architecte is at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from the 27th October 2016 to the 12th February 2017.
And what place better than the French capital to celebrate this iconic architect and make us understand his creative style? Paris is generally known for the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Champs-Élysées, however this city has also some of Jean Nouvel’s most famous buildings (like the Institut du monde arabe and the Musée du quai Branly). In fact, throughout the years, Jean Nouvel has built an open dialogue with this city.
This exhibition puts on display over 10 different interior décor schemes, designed by Jean Nouvel himself from 1987 onwards. And they also relate to the permanent collections from various historical periods, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, to graphic design and ad campaigns from 1998.
Displayed alongside Jean Nouvel’s famous office furniture, we have iconic pieces designed in over 30 years, and all of them are indicative of the architect’s style. Simplicity, minimalism, clean silhouettes; these are Jean Nouvel distinctive traits. Here, shelves, tables, sofas become archetypal pieces of furniture. The overall effect is a juxtaposition of solids and voids; this sets the pace of the entire exhibition and takes the visitors on a journey through the architect’s work.
We definitely encourage you to pencil this event down: you could be looking at the show on a black leather chair especially designed for the Louvre Abu Dhabi; you could be discovering new concepts through fragments reflected in Triptyques mirrors or be surrounded by darkness (skillfully constructed by Jean Nouvel). Finally, you’ll capture his game of light and shadows, as well as the full extent of the magic of his pieces.
Where: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 Rue di Rivoli, Paris, France
When: 27 October 2016 - 12 February 2017