Last night at Centre Pompidou with Françoise Darmon and her film Histoires d’Objets photos by Herve VERONESE

Dear Shaded Viewers,

In 1998, Françoise Darmon conceived and directed a collection of four films entitled Histoires d’Objets. This television documentary gives a voice to twenty-five of the greatest international designers of the time. They testify to their practices and convictions. These films contributed to the recognition of design by the general public.

With hindsight, these testimonies invite us to re-read them: to see what is permanent and what has changed in the practice of design in one generation. What is the heritage left by the tutelary figures of design such as Ettore Sottsass, Charlotte Perriand, Gaetano Pesce, Ingo Maurer… and on the other hand, how have the present designers had to evolve in order to respond to the new challenges such as ecology, globalisation, new technologies…? A thirty-minute extract from the four documentaries will open our debate.

This meeting responds to a double topicality:
– the films Histoires d’objets, which recently entered the Kandinsky Library collection, are now available on the Centre Pompidou website
– the exhibition “Ettore Sottsass. L’objet magique” presented in Galerie 3 of the Centre Pompidou from 13 October 2021 to 3 January 2022.

For this re-reading, the designers are invited to react:

Matali Crasset
Marlène Huissoud
Les Sismo (Antoine Fenoglio & Frédéric Lecourt)
Studio 5.5 (Jean-Sébastien Blanc)

In dialogue with :
Marie-Ange Brayer, curator, in charge of the design and industrial perspective collection, Mnam/Cci and curator of the exhibition “Ettore Sottsass
Françoise Darmon, design consultant, author of Histoires d’Objets
Romain Lacroix, service de la Parole, culture and creation department

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.