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PARKHOTEL MONDSCHEIN

A Rich Cultural History Combined with a Refined Design Aesthetic at this Modern Luxe Hotel

FUFU KYOTO

An Intimate Luxury Hotel that Entwines Traditional Japanese Dining, Architecture and Hospitality with Modern Elegance

JACQUEMUS PARIS

A Pure Interior Led By Playfulness and Surprise

The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre

The Charred-Brick 'Black Box' Presenting The Beauty Of Theatre & Performance

GAIA

British Artist Luke Jerram’s Explores The Vastness of Our Earth

Honouring ISSEY MIYAKE

The Legacy Remains: Merging Art & Fashion, East & West, Tradition & Technical Innovation

UNITED PLACES BOTANIC GARDENS

Local and Luxurious, A Melbourne Boutique Hotel That Gets It Right

Naoshima Ryokan ROKA

Designed by Okayama-based studio Nottuo, a New Modern Stay on Japan’s ‘Art Island’

Restaurang ÄNG

NORM Architects Creates A Light-Filled Glasshouse For The Michelin-Starred Restaurant

JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP: BAMBOO WEAVING

In The Quiet Backstreets Of Kyoto's South Higashiya, Find A Master Craftsman

HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE SS23

As Ever, The Joy Of Movement & Ease of Pleats Prevails

Serpentine Pavilion 2022

Artist Theaster Gates Designs the 21st Pavilion

BRUT-AL

Argentinian-Australian Designer Alexander Lotersztain's Ode to Brutalism

Serpentine Pavilions 2000-2021

A Champ Online Retrospective Of Two Decades of The Radical Architectural Event

PURE FORM

The Art Gallery of South Australia Presents Japan's Avant-Garde Ceramics

KABIRA & KANGRI

The Beauty Of Indian Textile Craftsmanship In ISSEY MIYAKE Sub-Brand HaaT's SS22 Collection

PIERRE PAULIN PROGRAM

Design Liberation: Rethinking The Potential of Domestic Spaces

November, 2019
PIERRE PAULIN PROGRAM Image by Marco Cappelletti, Copyright OMA

Renowned French designer Pierre Paulin’s contribution to design has inspired a wave of radical thinking that challenges the potential of design itself. It’s no surprise then, to consider that Paulin’s works were so progressive that today they are often recognised as individual pieces of art.

Most notably are the series of geometric white wave formations that blend the boundaries of furniture as architecture, transforming the way we see, and use, space for living. 

PIERRE PAULIN PROGRAM Image by Marco Cappelletti, Copyright OMA

The late designer’s archive and production remains a family-run business, overseeing the production of re-releases or unreleased classics, led by Paulin’s own son Benjamin Paulin, wife Alice Lemoine, and mother. It’s no coincidence then that their worlds are able to collide to present the Pierre Paulin Program at Villa Lemoine (also known as Maison à  Bordeaux), a former residence located in the south of France.

Designed by Dutch architecture firm OMA in 1998 for French publisher Jean-Francois Lemoine, Villa Lemoine is an equally radical and undefinable structure, as it proposed a 3-floored residence that was still functional and comfortable enough for those living with a physical disability.

It was through a conversation between the late designer and OMA’s founder Rem Koolhaas, that the Pierre Paulin Program was born.

Architect Koolhaas explains: “to experimentation in a domain almost beyond furniture: furniture not as the design of specific pieces, but as the invention of an additional layer of possibility, extending across any architecture, offering a vast spectrum of new and unexpected potentials, to lounge, talk, eat, sleep and, obviously, any other interaction that might occur between the inhabitants, liberated from the unwelcome limitations that any specific piece of furniture inevitably imposes. To see Paulin’s utopia realised in Bordeaux, offers a real opportunity to judge the interaction of two kinds of liberation.”

PIERRE PAULIN PROGRAM Image by Marco Cappelletti, Copyright OMA

Leading the interior renovation project, OMA architect Paul Cournet offers further insight into the project; “Exhibiting the Pierre Paulin Program in Villa Lemoine was first of all trying to rethink the potential of domestic spaces today. Pierre Paulin belongs to a generation of designer who tried to liberate us from the traditional values of design. He redefined the codes. It was a social project. Today, however, if we look back at this period – the 60s and 70s – it is important to realise that most of these important ideas have remained unbuilt.

Specifically in the design sphere and paradoxically probably more than for the architecture where some examples of this era have been realised and are today considered important master pieces- most of these design projects have remained abandoned or left as short lived experiments. They were then considered industrial utopias. With this exhibition, it is the chance of a lifetime to give life to a program that now can be judged, by the future generations.”

PIERRE PAULIN PROGRAM Image by Marco Cappelletti, Copyright OMA
PIERRE PAULIN PROGRAM Image by Marco Cappelletti, Copyright OMA
PIERRE PAULIN PROGRAM Image by Marco Cappelletti, Copyright OMA
PIERRE PAULIN PROGRAM Image by Marco Cappelletti, Copyright OMA
PIERRE PAULIN PROGRAM Image by Marco Cappelletti, Copyright OMA

Pierre Paulin Program is currently on view at Villa Lemoine
Bordeaux, France, until 29 November, 2019

Words: Joanna Kawecki Champ Editor-in-Chief | Images: Courtesy Marco Cappelletti

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November, 2019