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Tables of Design: Celebrating 50 Years of the Moblier National Collection's Research
October 19, 2014  | 

From November 18, 2014 –  January 18, 2015, the Galerie des Gobelins presents "Tables of Design" - 50 Years of the Moblier National Collection's Research and Design Studio.

This exhibition presents all kinds of tables – tall, low, side tables, console tables or office desks – both conventional and design-led.

The show celebrates the half-century of the Research and Design Studio (l’Atelier de Recherche et de Création,ARC). It was set up by André Malraux, France’s first Minister of Cultural Affairs, in 1964 with the aim of helping “to promote a contemporary French style within the framework of state sponsorship”.

President Georges Pompidou soon took a personal interest in the initiative, which became a milestone in the history of official design in France and marked the beginning of a design production that has continued without interruption rightup to the present day. In 50  years the ARC produced more than 600 prototypes, working closely with some 100 designers.

The studio’s creations reveal how much freedom was given to designers working within a policy of public commissions that sought new solutions to the furnishing of public buildings, while maintaining the state’s long tradition of excellence.

The Galerie des Gobelins will present some 40 pieces by designers including Pierre Paulin, Christian Ghion, matali crasset, Inga Sempé, Noé Duchaufour Lawrance and Éric Jourdan, alongside the exhibition The Gobelins in the Enlightenment: A Golden Age for the Royal Workshops. At the same time the Salon Carré will host a series of photographs and objects in various stages of development, revealing the life and output of the studio. It will also display a meridienne – a kind of chaise longue – designed by the artist César in 1968, brought to life thanks to the research and expertise of the ARC.

Myriam Zuber Cupissol, advisor on artistic design at the Mobilier national.

42 Avenue des Gobelins
75013 Paris France