Furniture Design from the Languedoc-Roussillon through to Sunday September 27th

SUD DE FRANCE DESIGN 2009
Furniture Design from the Languedoc-Roussillon
First time exhibition at the region?s headquarters in London
19 – 27 September 2009
La Maison de la Région Languedoc–Roussillon is to host the first exhibition of contemporary
regional French design at their showroom in London during the London Design Festival.
With over ten designers on show this exhibition sets out to demonstrate the qualities of the
region?s furniture from design innovation to individuality and accessibility.
At the heart of the exhibition will be designs by the late Pierre Paulin, a Languedoc designer,
who has had a profound influence on the global design scene. From his use of colour to
shape and texture, Paulin?s work exemplifies the very best craftsmanship and creativity from
the Languedoc-Roussillon and is a true reflection of what he once claimed “I design with
intent”.
In the UK, the region of Languedoc-Roussillon is famed for its wine and food, culture and
beauty, but one of its best-kept secrets is the burgeoning design community that is the home
to many successful small artisanal companies who design and produce their work in this
great area.
From natural resources to hi-tech manufacturing processes, designers have the full
complement of tools and materials on their doorstep. Whether they are working in solid
wood, wrought iron or rotational moulded polypropylene, these designers demonstrate the
full spectrum of skills and creativity.
La Maison de la Région Languedoc–Roussillon is only one of a small group of centres that
promote the region to select country partners around the world. It is a hub for everything
Languedocienne and is a source for products and business contacts for UK companies and
individuals alike who need to know more about the region.

Commode PAPILLON 2

Herve Coutant PAPILLON commode

SUD DE FRANCE DESIGN 2009 La Maison de la Région Languedoc–Roussillon is to host the first exhibition of contemporary regional French design at their showroom in London during the London Design Festival.

With over ten designers on show this exhibition sets out to demonstrate the qualities of the region?s furniture from design innovation to individuality and accessibility.

At the heart of the exhibition will be designs by the late Pierre Paulin, a Languedoc designer, who has had a profound influence on the global design scene. From his use of colour to shape and texture, Paulin?s work exemplifies the very best craftsmanship and creativity from the Languedoc-Roussillon and is a true reflection of what he once claimed “I design with intent”.

In the UK, the region of Languedoc-Roussillon is famed for its wine and food, culture and beauty, but one of its best-kept secrets is the burgeoning design community that is the home to many successful small artisanal companies who design and produce their work in this great area.

From natural resources to hi-tech manufacturing processes, designers have the full complement of tools and materials on their doorstep. Whether they are working in solid wood, wrought iron or rotational moulded polypropylene, these designers demonstrate the full spectrum of skills and creativity.

La Maison de la Région Languedoc–Roussillon is only one of a small group of centres that promote the region to select country partners around the world. It is a hub for everything Languedocienne and is a source for products and business contacts for UK companies and individuals alike who need to know more about the region.

Alexia Carmona

Alexia Carmona creates decorative items made from the iron thread used in vineyards. Re-purposed wire from the wine-producing heartlands of Languedoc-Roussillon is turned into elaborate patterns to sculpt a whole plethora of different objects. Alexia?s work had recently been exhibited at Maison et Objet and the Salone del Mobile, Milan.

Apothème & Lionel Colin

A small-scale, traditional business created in 2003 and specialising in metalworking. In its workshop, Apothème creates distinctive ironwork objects. Whether produced in as a small batch production or one-offs, all their pieces are crafted from metal. Apothème creates furniture, staircases, handrails, and doors… functional pieces that enhance a residential or commercial space.

Art and Reflection & Erno Kracht

Art and Reflection was created by two designers with a commitment to environmental issues and driven by the importance of using natural materials in their work. All their designs were created from scavenged (found) wood. Art & Reflection focus their designs ranges primarily on furniture, lighting and mirrors.

Designheure

Playing on the French pronunciation of the English word ?designer?, Designheure was founded in 2005. Hervé Langlais, designer of the products on show, has worked for some of the leading hotels in the world as well as for the architect Paul Andreu for the Chinese National Theatre, and the Oriental Art Centre in Shanghai. The company specializes in contemporary and decorative lighting, and the broad appeal of Designheure’s work is seen in the range of products for individual clients, interior designers, hotels, restaurants, lighting and gift stores.

Gaelle Berrehouc

Gaelle?s travels across France, Europe and the rest of the world have had a noticeably strong influence on her photography. Whether it is Greece, Russia, Cuba, New York or London, a whole range of eclectic ideas is brought together by this truly internationally-inspired artist. Liquid and glass mirror effects are an important part of her work, as they express reality through an unexpected angle. The reversed vision they offer casts a different eye on our world.

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