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COULEUR: Pernelle Poyet, Julie Richoz, and Ionna Vautrin

Part of Oui Design 2018

Pernelle Poyet © villa Noailles

Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, cofounders of WantedDesign, curate the exhibition COULEUR featuring three French designers Pernelle Poyet, Julie Richoz, and Ionna Vautrin. This show seeks to illustrate the crucial role of color in design, and propose an original and inspiring “palette” with a selection of relevant artworks.

Throughout the creative process, color functions as a versatile and distinctive language for design, a sensible and emotional tool. Every subtle nuance of colors serves to define a shape, highlight a contour, transform a mood or transmit a message. While artists apply different colors to various materials and textures, the conceptualization of design is closely related to color arrangement. This exhibition provides viewers with a unique opportunity to discover French rising talents and their sensible exploration of color.

The scenography of the exhibition is designed by New York-based French exhibition designer Eve-Marine Basuyaux.


"The clear and translucent characteristics of glass resemble immateriality to me. The workshop I did at CIRVA (the International Research Center on Glass and Visual Arts based in Marseille) allowed me to discover many other aspects of glass as a creative material, especially when it is in dark shades of colors. The outline of the project is as follows: I superimpose the glasses in layers to obtain deep and nuanced colors. The light traveling through these layers then reflects the colors of the glasses, sharpens their edges, and highlights their contours. I love the way in which glass encloses and materializes light.”

                                                                                                             – Julie Richoz

About Ionna Vautrin

Ionna Vautrin graduated from l’Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in 2002 and has worked for Camper (Spain), George J. Sowden (Italy) and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (France). In 2010, she won the Grand prix de la création de la mairie de Paris and opened her own studio. She has collaborated with Foscarini, Moustache, Kvadrat, Christian Dior, Sancal, Lexon, Serralunga, SNCF, and JCDecaux.

About Julie Richoz

Graduated from University of Art and Design ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland), Julie Richoz won the Grand Jury Prize of the Design Parade at the Villa Noailles (Hyères, France) and opened her design studio in Paris, in 2012. Her residency at the International Center for Glass and Plastic Arts (CIRVA) in Marseille (France), resulted in a solo traveling exhibition in France and Germany.

About Pernelle Poyet

Pernelle Poyet graduated from l’Ecole nationale supérieure de création industrielle (ENSCI) in 2015, and won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize of the Design Parade at the Villa Noailles (Hyères, France) with her graduation project Alphabet in 2016. In partnership with the Villa Noailles, she worked at CIRVA (International Center for Glass and Plastic Arts) and produced a series of vases.

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As part of Oui Design, a program developed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with FACE Foundation, supported by Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, FACE Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, Van Cleef & Arpels. Additional support for women designers has been provided by Fondation CHANEL.

Additional support for the COULEURS exhibition at WantedDesign has been provided by XL Airways.