esign is like an oracle who shows you how we currently live”. This was stated by Lidewij Edelkoort; famous Dutch trend forecaster, who, throughout the years, has predicted fresh new fashions and trends. What's more, Lidewij Edelkoort has set up an exhibition to better explain this concept: Oracles du Design. Oracles du Design will run from the 3rd April until the 16th August 2015 at the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in Paris and for this short period, will be replacing the museum's permanent display. There are 10 different themes, which highlight the symbolisms behind the most iconic products of the last thirty years: abstract and nomad, curious and primitive, simple and mutable, organic and inflatable, naive and humble.
Contemporary design has often analysed our rapidly changing times: products are soaked in culture and are expressive of a certain lifestyle. This is exactly the case of the pieces chosen by Lidewij Edelkoort, which can be compared to veritable oracles and messengers. There's an inflatable armchair which reflects our need to be hugged, timber-framed pieces which suggest our need to free the mind and even portable furniture, representative of the chaos and frenzy of modern living. In fact, its precisely commonplace objects which best reveal our moods, our needs and our rhythms: the domestic environment around us is closely linked to our destiny and changes as the time goes by.
The collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques is one of the most extensive in the whole of Europe; striking example of diversity and the constant progress of the modern world. And it's not just a coincidence that this exhibition, overseen by the Dutch life-stylist, includes some of the trendiest designers around: Ron Arad, Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec, Andrea Branzi, Konstantin Grcic, Enzo Mari, Issey Miyake, Jasper Morrison, Robert Stadles, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders, Maarten Baas and many more besides. Of course, it's not always simple to understand what hides behind these modern oracles. However, Edelkoort is able to show us with rigour and systematic precision what lies behind hinted shapes. This exhibition is a real revelation: it frees our mind and shines a light on a world, which even if it's constantly in front of us, sometimes goes unnoticed.
When: 3 April – 16 August 2015
Where: Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Tour Atlantique, 1 place de la Pyramide, Paris