Design exhibitions are popping up all over Paris at the moment and we finally made our way to the Oracles du Design exhibition at the Gaîté Lyrique this week. where objects were displayed as "prophets of our time, capable of foreshadowing our future".
We chose five examples of these prophetic objects that act as design classics while reflecting our culture and how design can blend form, function, and anticipate our future.
The exhibition was so inspiring, we decided to dedicate more than just one week to the things we found there, so watch this space.
Is this the love seat of the future? In a world of diminishing privacy, Nacho Carbonell proposes a new form of intimacy with the Evolution Lovers' Chair in which whispers can be passed between
The primordial aesthetic created using iron and papier maché suggests an inherent desire for privacy as old as humanity, as if these creations are simply old rock formations as native to the land as love and intimacy.
The shift towards a more austere lifestyle began just after the global financial crisis in 2008 and has given rise to pop cultural phenomenon such as The Great British Bake-Off, artisinal culture and a drastic reduction of the disposable design of the 90s and early 00s.
These porcelaine animal bowls by Jongerius refer to a bucolic dream that reconnects people with the simplicity of the countryside and transports them away from the excesses of the city. This return to simplicity albeit realised in a fresh, sculptural way feels like it's deeply connected with our new trend for everything vintage, honest, and a yearning for a time we perceive as being more innocent.
Do-it-yourself culture is another rising trend as we look to the future, and these chairs from Rodrigo Almeida look like futuristic ramshackle modifications of chairs that could be found around the house or office.
Named after designers such as Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, these pastiches of foam and fabric appear as though they've been haphazardly tied together to get a few extra years out of the chairs while remaining gorgeously abstracted.
Another gorgeous return to nature and the innocent kitschiness of the past is beautifully crafted by Meret Oppenheim in these Traccia tables while planting this aesthetic firmly in the present and future.
We love the cute legs that make the luxuriously golden table look as though Alice could have stumbled upon it in a Wonderland forest. The detail is exquisite on this piece and the hand-made feeling of all those nicks and scratches (all thoroughly designed, I'm sure) reinforces the artisinal aesthetic of the work.
These silhouetted oddities by Jurgen Bey & Jan Konings share a throwback quality with the rest of our finds this week through the classic design forms of the tables and chairs but their PVC skins make these pieces look like they were grown rather than built.
Mushrooms are already being developed as a building material of the future so why not grow our furniture in a lab? Don't believe me? Check out the work being carried out by Evocative Design. Biodegrading furniture may just be the next big thing..