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The ODP Letter N°692

Week of May 09, 2023


We left you a few weeks ago with an avalanche of Milanese and Parisian events. Two weeks of vacation and a crowning moment later, you can find Milan Design Week reviews


and the desire to explore new creative avenues – always with the obstinate need to make them desirable – below, in the week’s events.

From the trip you’ve undoubtedly just returned from, or which you may be undertaking in Kortrijk or New York in the next few days, we’d like to take a look back at you and the of the BMW automobile brandwho, far from taking over a showroom with his latest creations, often seductive though they are, had opted for an experimental scenography to raise awareness of the creative process without displaying a product. A challenge met by power steering!


So, enjoy and above all, take care!

Tuesday, May 09


Rencontres des Gobelins: Gastronomy for kids – 6 pm / 8 pm

Exceptional meeting Dialogue de Savoir-Faire on Gastronomy for children: conveying taste through storytelling and images. With Michèle Mira Pons (children’s author), Amélie Fontaine (illustrator) and Isabelle Pehourticq (Actes sud junior editor).
Manufacture des Gobelins⎢42 av. des Gobelins – Paris 13 (M° Les Gobelins)



Innovation Tuesday: Evolving workspaces – 6:30 pm / 8 pm

Online conference based on a synthetic, global approach to workplace changes, driven mainly by the recent boom in teleworking, highlighting 25 major developments in 5 thematic cartographies: new geographies where to work, new workspaces, new places where to work, new service spaces and new office furniture.

Themes illustrated by numerous examples.

With Chantal Garnier, Future of Work expert at PlanningStrat-Station.


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Speak, Memory #5 – 7pm

A reading and meeting organized by Thomas Demand in conjunction with his exhibition, on the new narrative possibilities of the photographer’s work. With Jean-Philippe Toussaint.


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Wednesday, May 10th

Bulle du Monde – 09:30 a.m.

Press opening of the exhibition “Bulle du Monde”, contemporary ceramics by Nour Fog. Our relationship with our emotions and sensations, and the role art plays in our creations and feelings.

Le Bicolore-Maison du Danemark⎢142 av. des Champs-Élysées – Paris 8 (M° Étoile)



To Breathe – 2:30 p.m.

Press tour of the installation “To Breathe” (14-04/30-06), a revelation of the architecture of the Haussmann department store by Korean artist Kimsooja. By Cécile Larrigaldie, Dir. des Engagements culturels du Groupe Galeries Lafayette, followed by a tour from the department store’s terrace, then of the space between the two cupolas, usually closed to the public.


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Galerie Lafayette Haussmann Pte Antin⎢23 rue de la Chaussée d’Antin – Paris 9 (M° Chaussée d’Antin)



Inclusiv’day – 3pm

Inclusiv’Day (10-05) is the former Salon du handicap, de l’emploi et des achats responsables (Disability, Employment and Responsible Purchasing Fair), now a must-attend event for inclusive companies and social innovation.

Inclusive design: what, why and how?”, a new workshop organized by the Cité du Design, in collaboration with the Rondino company, on design as a factor of inclusion, at the service of economic and social innovation.


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Paris La Défense Arena salle 5⎢99 Jardin de l’Arche – Nanterre 92 (M° Grande Arche de la Défense)



Photos by Éric Gizard – 18h / 20h

Opening of the photography exhibition by designer Éric Gizard (>03-06).

Pook Galerie-Galerie Bizzart⎢15 rue du Pré aux Clercs – Paris 7 (M° St-Germain-des-Prés)



Pierre Chareau – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting around two “Pierre Chareau” books by Marc Bédarida & Francis Lamond, illustrated with nearly 1,500 images, offering a comprehensive overview of the architect’s biography, his various participations in trade shows and exhibitions, and his achievements in the fields of furniture, interior architecture and architecture.

Volume⎢47 rue N.D. de Nazareth – Paris 3 (M° Strasbourg St-Denis)

Thursday, May 11th

Esprit Contract – 09h

Esprit Meuble press conference – international trade show for furniture professionals – presenting Esprit Contract, the new furniture event dedicated to professionals in architecture and interior design, real estate, hospitality, the service sector and corporate purchasing.

Hôtel Marignan⎢12 rue de Marignan – Paris 8 (M°Franklin Roosevelt)



Private Sales Archives Bensimon – 10am / 7pm

Exceptional discounts of up to 70% on Bensimon brand archives, in offices transformed into a very private showroom (10/15-05).

Bensimon⎢52 rue Bichat – Paris 10 (M° République)



Super Skin – architect@work Kortrijk – 10am / 8pm

11th edition of the Architect@Work show in Kortrijk (11/12-05) on the theme of “Super Skin”, which means using only high-quality, innovative and sustainable materials, systems and processes that meet the highest demands of architects and designers.


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Kortrijk Xpo – Hall 4 & 5⎢Doorniksesteenweg 216 – Kortrijk



Azimuts 55 – Bale-Bale – 12 noon

Launched by La Cité du design and Esadse, the new issue of the magazine Azimuts – Design Art Recherche will be accompanied by a meeting and discussion in a space built around a Bale-Bale, echoing the title of issue 55.
A moment of conviviality and camaraderie that invites you to travel with “objects”.


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Auditorium de l’Esadse⎢3 rue Javelin Pagnon – St-Étienne 42



TEFAF New York – 1pm / 8pm

VIP preview of the International Fine and Decorative Arts Fair, TEFAF New York (12/16-05).

By invitation.


Park Avenue Armory⎢643 Park Avenue – New York



For a simple future – 2 pm / 3:30 pm

Paris-Saclay Design Spot online conference “New ways of making and producing for a simple future” with Bertrand Vignau-Lous, designer and co-founder of the Entreautre agency. To explore new approaches to sustainable design, such as the exploration of alternative materials and the adoption of innovative production techniques.


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Scandinavian Design – 5pm

Auction dedicated to 20th century Scandinavian design. Over 200 lots providing a remarkable overview of Nordic furniture production from the interwar period to the 1960s. Iconic designers such as Finn Juhl, Hans J. Wegner, Josef Frank, Alvar Aalto, Jacobsen…

Piasa⎢118 rue du Fbg St-Honoré – Paris 8 (M° Miromesnil)



“Carré, territoire sensible” – 5pm / 9pm

Opening of the exhibition devoted to emblematic French artist Jean-Michel Correia, “Carré, territoire sensible” (11-05/25-06). Paintings, sculptures and works on paper. In the presence of the artist.

Galerie Barsacq-Village Suisse⎢78 av. des Suffren – Paris 15 (M° La Motte-Picquet Grenelle)



Rebel Connections – 6pm / 9pm

Cocktail opening of “Connections rebelles” (11-05/22-07) by Nada Debs. The art of reinvigorating a traditional technique with a contemporary, almost rebellious approach.

Galerie BSL⎢14 rue des Beaux-Arts – Paris 6 (M° St-Germain-des-Prés)



“I respected myself” – 6pm / 9pm

Vernissage of ceramics by Lou Perdu and Éric Robin (11-05/10-06). Lizards, salamanders and newts!

Galerie Grès⎢9 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe – Paris 4 (M° Pont-Marie)



Le Printemps de la Barbotine – 18h

Exceptional evening for the opening of the new exhibition “Le printemps de la Barbotine”. Book signing for François Motte’s book “Seconde Main”, featuring his extraordinary barbotine collections. An opportunity to discuss tableware with passionate artists.

Galerie Vauclair⎢24 rue de Beaune – Paris 7 (M° Rue du Bac)



Rades – 6pm

Launch of “Rades”, a photo book by Guillaume Blot, with a book signing.

Artazart⎢83 quai de Valmy – Paris 10 (M° Jacques Bonsergent)



Land Ho ! – 6pm

Opening of Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet’s exhibition “Land Ho!” (11-05/13-06), a series of drawings depicting lush natural landscapes, luxuriant gardens and places drawn from the illustrator’s own memories.

Slow Galerie⎢5 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud – Paris 11 (M° Oberkampf)



Objects of exploration – 6pm / 9pm

Opening of the “Objets d’explorations” exhibition (12-05/08-07), the work of six designer-makers who share a common interest in the work of the hand. Works of research, narratives, sensibilities or perceptions of matter, through glued tapestries, knotted weights and concrete, the use of ceramic patterns, woven or inflated stoneware, freehand-welded steel, glass worked in fluidity.

Toolsgalerie⎢16 rue des Coutures St-Gervais – Paris 3 (M° St-Paul/Chemin Vert)



Borderline – 6pm / 9pm

Opening of “Borderline” (12-05/24-06), an outsider art exhibition organized by Galerie Arthur Borgnis, presenting a double journey around two different themes: writing in outsider art and the correspondence between the photographic practices of Miroslav Tichy and Maurice Renoma.

Vernissage Press 11am/5pm.

L’Appart Renoma⎢129bis rue de la Pompe – Paris 16 (M° Rue de la Pompe)



Maurice Dufrène – 6:30 p.m.

Lecture on the various aspects of Maurice Dufrène’s career that link him to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and shed light on the origin of the works by Dufrène donated to the museum by the family of aircraft manufacturer Pierre Levasseur. These works are “relics” of the Maurice Dufrène et Cie company, which operated from 1912 to 1921. With Jérémie Cerman, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History at Sorbonne University.


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MAD⎢111 rue de Rivoli – Paris 1 (M° Tuileries)



En Éclat – 6:30 pm / 9:30 pm

Opening cocktail for the exhibition “En Éclat” (04/24-05) by Laur Meyrieux, designer, interior architect, art director and scenographer; unique works on paper.
Cosentino City⎢27 bd Malesherbes – Paris 8 (M° St-Augustin)



Design x Durable x Désirable – The art of responsible living! – 6:30 pm / 10 pm

VIP cocktail reception for the exhibition “Design x Durable x Désirable – L’Art de vivre responsable” (>13-07). Some thirty projects exploring the new paths taken by designers, editors and manufacturers to create objects that are more respectful of the environment.
French Design Galerie⎢120 av. Ledru Rollin – Paris 11 (M° Ledru-Rollin)



Bulle du Monde – 7pm

Opening, in the presence of the artist, of the exhibition of ceramics by Nour Fog.


Le Bicolore⎢142 av. des Champs-Élysées – Paris 8 (M° Étoile)



Solo Show NFT Telepopmusik – 7 pm / 9:30 pm

Danae.Io special evening featuring the very first collection of NFT artworks designed by Christophe Hétier, aka Antipop, and inspired by the cover of the latest album “Everybody Breaks The Line” by Télépopmusik, the iconic post-French touch band.
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Danae.Io⎢17 rue du Bouloi – Paris 1 (M° Palais Royal



Design under fireworks – 7:30 p.m.

A meeting, at a time when debates are focusing on the possible replacement of designers by artificial intelligence, around the book “Design sous artifice, la création au risque du machine learning Anthony Masure’s “Artificial Intelligence in Design”, which resituates the challenges of artificial intelligence in relation to design, while proposing a series of avenues to guide this ideal of small-scale, controlled and customized automation, so that the machine learning opens the door to invention and curiosity…

Volume⎢47 rue N.D. de Nazareth – Paris 3 (M° Strasbourg St-Denis)

Friday, May 12th

Une Fabrique de l’époque – 6pm

Celebration for the reopening (12/14-05) of the Gaîté Lyrique, a place for life, creation and commitment, embodying the major issues of our time and driving the transition from idea to action, from story to impact: a Fabrique de l’époque.

On the program: concerts, performances, photo exhibitions, broadcasts, workshops, screenings, listening sessions, not forgetting food and drink!


Programmation ici
La Gaîté Lyrique⎢3 bis rue Papin – Paris 3 (M° Strasbourg St-Denis)



Archaeological textiles and design, an unexpected dialogue! – 18h

Opening of the exhibition “Textiles archéologiques et design, un dialogue inattendu!” (10/24-05). Fascinating projects by ENSCi design students based on the theme of archaeological textiles and ancient materials, proposed by the PPSM laboratory (ENS Paris-Saclay/CNRS) and Design Spot.
Le Bis⎢52 bd de la Bastille – Paris 12 (M° Bastille)

Saturday, May 13th

Precious stones ? – 09h / 13h

4th morning of conferences of the Académie des savoir-faire Hermès dedicated to
“La Pierre”.


Registration here


Amphithéâtre Verniquet-Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle⎢57 rue Cuvier – Paris 5 (M° Jussieu)



European Museum Night – Art – 3 pm / 11 pm

On the occasion of N.E.M. 2023, the MAC VAL is offering a preview of “L’œil vérité”, a new exhibition in the collection, the “Histoires vraies” exhibition and a rich program of events in all areas of the museum, including artist’s book workshops and concerts, punctuating a festive Saturday!


MAC VAL⎢pl. de la Libération – Vitry-s-Seine 94



European Museum Night – Architecture – 5pm / 11pm

For the N.E.M. 2023, the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine has a whole host of surprises in store (Murder Party, torchlight tour…). A program of art and mystery, plus free access to all the Cité’s permanent collections and exhibitions. Musical and theatrical performances punctuate the visits, for an original discovery of this emblematic place.


Programmation ici


Cité architecture et patrimoine⎢1 pl. du Trocadéro – Paris 16 (M° Trocadéro)



Souvenir(s) de plage(s) – 6 pm / 8 pm

Opening of the 1st photographic exhibition of the designer Claude Lecante (10/15-05).


88 rue de la Jonquière – Paris 17 (M° Pte de Clichy)



European Museum Night – Decorative Arts – 6 pm / 11 pm

On the occasion of the N.E.M. 2023, MAD invites you to visit free of charge the permanent collections, the Galerie des Bijoux and the exhibition “étienne+robial. Graphisme & collection, de Futuropolis à Canal+”, which retraces the exceptional career of this prolific and eclectic designer through posters, drawings, videos, books and pieces of furniture.


Réservation ici


MAD⎢107 rue de Rivoli – Paris 1 (M° Palais Royal)



European Museum Night – 6 pm / 12 am

Free admission to the temporary exhibitions and permanent collections of the Musée du Quai Branly. Get some height! Observe the sky from the museum’s roof terrace, discover the garden in a different way and take a flash tour of the exhibitions.


Programmation ici


Musée du Quai Branly⎢37 quai Branly – Paris 7 (RER C Pont de l’Alma)

Sunday, May 14th

Topiary art

2nd World Topiary Art Days (13/14-05). A hundred exceptional private and public gardens open in France and around the world. A host of events to discover this little-known art of gardening, traces of which can be traced back to antiquity.


Program here

Monday, May 15th

“In the fields of intensive prosperity” – 6:00 pm / 8:30 pm

Opening of Mathilde Rosier’s exhibition, “Dans les champs d’intensive prospérité” (16-05/22-07).
Fondation E. Ricard⎢1 cours P. Ricard – Paris 8 (M° St-Lazare)


BMW’s creative journey in Milan.


At Via Montenapoleone 12, an immersive installation, an inspiring exhibition and a stimulating meeting place, the space invested by the automotive brand aimed to offer a glimpse into its creative process, inviting visitors to accompany its designers in their quest for creative ideas for tomorrow’s mobility.
We wanted to show our designers’ process at Milan Design Week, rather than a collaboration. We thought it would be fun to take visitors on a journey of how we develop ideas, discuss design features and share concepts. People are invited to participate “says Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design, in an interview with Designboom.


The concept of A Creative’s Journey by BMW Design was to welcome guests by immediately opening up the senses to new ideas. The entrance gate, flanked by three columns dressed like a car wash, symbolized the beginning of the creative process: the need for designers to rid themselves of restrictive thinking.
The inner courtyard, meanwhile, symbolized BMW’s deep-rooted history, values and models, while looking to the future and its challenges. Dome-shaped seats, reflecting BMW Design’s philosophy of facing the future with optimism and empathy, invited people to meet, be inspired and share ideas.
BMW has always been synonymous with pure driving pleasure. But to ensure that we can always offer this pleasure, we really want to understand what motivates people, and we try to make our designers forget everything we know up to now. This is what the first section represents: our designers get rid of preconceived ideas, but always align themselves with BMW values. In particular, it’s about designing to be fair, more emblematic and more sustainable “clarifies BMW’s head of design.

Completing the exterior scenography, in the center of the courtyard, a bright yellow BMW 3.0 CSL grille sculpture attracted visitors from the street. Immediately recognizable as a brand vehicle, the sculpture demonstrates the importance of respecting history. Without taking everything from the past – at the risk of only producing copies – it symbolized the way designers reinterpret the brand’s history and emblematic design in a light, very natural way for tomorrow. A balance between old and new.


The public could then embark on a journey through design disciplines and processes thanks to an innovative and enduring exhibition detailing colors and materials, works of art and design concepts, which not only serve as inspiration but also illustrate the work of BMW Design and its designers. A human-centered design approach was evident in the materials, products and experiences. An integral design requirement to ensure that vehicles are relevant and meaningful in the future.
“Unlike a car show, where traditionally only models are presented, this exhibition allows BMW to express itself more fully. Milan is a very liberating place for creative people to showcase their ideas without the pressure of a final design. Here, we show the ideation process, which illustrates how each answer is legitimized during the design phase. “explains Domagoj.


Human perception is paramount in BMW’s design decisions. And the exhibition shows the evolution of BMW Design’s philosophy: from “form follows function” to “form follows experience”. A road already taken by so many others today.


Finally, the space dedicated to the phygital experience – physical and digital – now a must, demonstrated the seamless marriage between technology and art. An interactive installation transforming a scale model vehicle into a dynamic canvas showed how new technologies enrich design to engage emotionally and add personalization to drivers and passengers. A final act to leave both professional and amateur audiences wondering what the next step in mobility might be.

The very essence (no pun intended) of a car is very beneficial: freedom and self-determination. We want our designers to remove everything that’s boring, unnecessary and negative in a vehicle. We can only do this by understanding the consumer. Milan can help us with this. We can understand people’s comments, new ideas and inspire ourselves “Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design, concludes.

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