The FRENCH DESIGN 100 proves the global impact of contemporary French design


Although French design was born in France, its influence can be found all over the world today. The association Le FRENCH DESIGN has unveiled its Le FRENCH DESIGN 100, a list of 100 designers who are pioneers in contemporary French design. Talent from New York to Singapore, and from Brussels to Shanghai have been recognized for their elegant, innovative and progressive projects that include outdoor sculptures, furniture, lighting, homes, resorts and more. A ceremony was held at the Élysée Palace in Paris on January 20 to gather and celebrate the 100 innovative winners, and an ongoing digital festival with exclusive and never-before-seen daily reveals will also inspire virtual admirers until February 21.

The prize is the only design prize in France for international designers in a range of disciplines who reflect and encourage French design to stand out in the world. Some of the values ​​used by the jury to measure the success of a design are the art of living, creativity and industry, elegance and a touch of luxury, sustainability, audacity and heritage. Concerned about sustainability and French pride, President Emmanuel Macron is the sponsor of the competition to promote French culture in the world.

Jacques Garcia, Vertigo Doha ©Banyan Tree Hotel.

“The French spirit is based on rigor and critical thinking,” explains design legend Philippe Starck, guest of honor at the festival. “We value quality, truth and creativity, a combination that is both intoxicating and positive.” The prize’s international jury this year invited ambassadors from the United States, including furniture designer Dakota Jackson, Cooper Hewitt museum curator Matilda McQuaid and Leila Anna Wahba, acting executive director and chief curator of Architecture. + Design Museum of Los Angeles. Designer Timothy Corrigan unveils the five US-based winners this month.

Parisian architecture firm Atelier du Pont has been awarded for designing a stunning resort in the wilderness of Menorca that includes unique spaces that honor local traditions, the land itself, generational agriculture and culture. immersion in the natural landscape. The architects’ goal was to create a space where visitors can reconnect with themselves through yoga, meditation, ceramics, walking and horseback riding through the property. The design is both natural and authentic to the Menorcan environment, and the company chose stone with clean designs to break up the natural rigidity of the material.

AW² Ashar Resort, Arabia. Photography © AW²

Other winners included Bruno Houssin from Paris, who created an easy-to-move chair design for coworking spaces; Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec Design, based in Paris, created a rope chair with steel tubing and a seat in pressed beech plywood and ash veneer, and Roxane Lahidji, based in Zaventem, Belgium, designed Nimbus, a large living room coffee table in landscape marbled salts.

Dariel Studio, Sumo Armchair. Photography ©Maison Dada.

Jacques Garcia was also on the list of winners this year for his immaculate restaurant design at Vertigo Doha. It includes a 360 degree view of the Doha skyline, Corniche and Old Town. The space features a huge double curvature structure in black walnut wood that twists and envelops the area. The design resembles that of a tree trunk and reaches up to 10 meters high.

Julie Conrad, IS(O)LANDS Scenography ©Bohumil Kostohryz

Thinking for our times, the talented Luxembourgish Julie Conrad has created a flexible and mobile scenography, IS(O)LANDS, for 8 different pieces related to Covid-19 with three common objectives: to provide a platform to discuss the state of emergency , create a hymn to those forgotten by the crisis and take stock of the beautiful things, despite the devastation. The space is located at the Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg.

Each winner of the FRENCH DESIGN 100 brings smart, beautiful and ethical ideas to the world. Rooted in French heritage yet forward-thinking, these designers put French culture on the contemporary map, wherever they work.

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