This week we took a trip to the Pompidou centre in Paris to look for inspiration at the tenuously titled ‘a history, art, architecture and design, the 80s to today’ exhibition. The exhibition itself proved a little underwhelming save for some wonderful video art featuring Grace Jones and the wonderful installation by Malachi Farrell we posted on instagram.
The centre was also between exhibitions with the new Marcel Duchamp retrospective opening this week (look out for our upcoming post) and the Martial Raysse exhibition just closing its doors. Nonetheless, we focused on the building itself and started searching for textures and patterns created from the exposed inner workings of pipes and cables that constitute the exterior of the centre and created some images in the style of cut-up poetry.
We wanted to create simple banded collages with the forms we found around the building to create little textural maps of the Pompidou to give a feeling of the space without depicting anything specific. We paired similar colours and textures together to give a little flow to the collages and keep some order in the fragmented images of the centre.
We like the way some of the forms created by the disjointed bands become familiar or almost recognisable such as a rudimentary face or an imagined landscape. We’re working on similar shapes with our designs at the moment to create homewares that depict something more than just a simple geometric shape, rather a design that can be something new each time it’s viewed.
That’s all from us at the Pompidou this week. Short and sweet. Now we’re back to work after all being together in Paris for the wedding of Aaron and his partner Alex in the Paris office, and a short holiday around Europe before the end of summer. So keep you eye out for some big updates regarding our homewares over the next month or so. Big news is coming.