Collection by Suzy Evans

VIA: 30 Years of Furniture Design

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For 30 years, the Valorisation de L’Innovation dans l’Ameublement, affectionately known as VIA, has promoted contemporary, innovative furniture design with economical and eco-friendly projects by new talent. “We have a very important action to reveal French designers,” explains Gérard Laizé, executive director of the company. Through its impetus to finance projects based in both technical research and creativity, VIA aims to connect manufacturers, designers and retailers. Laizé teamed up with the widely recognized Paris modern art museum, Centre Pompidou, to create Via Design 3.0, an exhibit highlighting the company’s history of modern design for the home. To coincide with the show's last weekend, contributing writer Suzy Evans shares the history behind a few of the pieces on view.

For those who are not lucky enough to be in Paris this weekend for the final days of the show, please vist the slideshow to see a few of the pieces on view.

An homage to the medallion Louis XVI chair, Delo Lindo's 1992 "Butterfly" chair merges traditional wood with...
Made entirely of wood, Saleem Bhatri's 2004 table “Right in-tension” appears simple but his genius rests in the details.
Mathieu Lehanneur’s 2006 “diffuseur de bruit blanc,” or white noise diffuser, works autonomously and moves according to...
Made of polyurethane foam, Gaetano Pesce's 1981 bibliothèque, or bookcase, exemplifies VIA's desire to fund and produce...
Designer Erwan Bouroullec redefined the living space by creating a project that is simultaneously a private area and a...
In 1982 Philippe Starck won VIA's second Carte Blanche award, a grant given to a forward-thinking project by a...
Olivier Peyricot conceived these "Cales humaines," or body props, in 2002 as extensions of the body, encouraging...
Pierre Sala's 1985 bureau pour enfant "Clairefontaine,” child’s desk, comprises 625 blank sheets of paper, and two...
Frederic Ruyant’s "Bloc Bartable" combines typically independent items: a bar-partition, table, chair and magazine...
François Azambourg patented his 1999 "flexible sandwich" of wood ply and foam, used to make this chair and ottoman.
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