Oui Design, a program developed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and its partner foundation FACE to foster creative exchange between designers and craftsmen on both side of the Atlantic, is returning to WantedDesign New York for a fourth edition.
This year, it will present several sets of collaborative projects from May 10-22, 2019 at NYCxDesign: Transatlantic Creative Exchange, returning on popular demand, Design Education, focusing on design at an academic level and Game ChangeHer, shedding light on female designers. These projects simultaneously bring together designers from France and the US while exploring new methods of production at the intersection of design, art, and craft.
Transatlantic Creative Exchange
Initiated in 2016 by the Cultural Services, Transatlantic Creative Exchange is a program that pairs French and American designers and manufacturers to explore new techniques and innovates boldly as a unified transatlantic design team. The designer/manufacturer duos are selected based on overlapping interests, geographic diversity and desire to engage in creative collaboration.
Designer-manufacturer duos include:
- Elyse Graham (US), a Los Angeles-based artist specializing in her use of resin and plaster, and CIAV Meisenthal (France), the international centre of glass art
- Philippe Nigro (France), a French Designer who received the recognition of Designer of the Year at Paris Maison & Objet Paris in 2014, and Corning Museum of Glass, Glass Lab (US), a not-for-profit museum dedicated to glass
- Rodolfo Agrella (US), a contemporary American Designer based in New York, and Procédés Chenel International (France), an interior design company
- Guillaume Delvigne (France), a French designer who leads projects for companies such as Hermès, Givenchy, Cristal de Sèvres, and La Redoute, and Neal Feay (US), a Santa Barbara-based company focused on creative aluminum
The results of these collaborations will be exhibited at WantedDesign Brooklyn.
Design Education: French Design Schools Collaborations
This year more than ever with Oui Design, the program will aim at promoting the design collaboration at an academic level, with the participation of no less than four French design schools to the program: Strate School of Design, Ecole Boulle, ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs), and ENSCI Les Ateliers. Five students and one teacher from each school will be part of WantedDesign as part of Oui Design during NYCxDESIGN. While in New York, they will participate in workshops and exhibit their work at WantedDesign Brooklyn. Students from Strate School of Design and Ecole Boulle will participate in the WantedDesign Schools Workshop, and students from ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) and ENSCI Les Ateliers (in partnership with Alessi) will exhibit their work at WantedDesign Brooklyn.
Game ChangeHer, a focus on female designers
Oui Design will also be supporting Game ChangeHer NYC, an exhibition highlighting creations signed by key women-designers selected between France and the United States. Game ChangHer NYC will celebrate the universality of design, seen here by the prism of the feminine. Following-up on Game ChangHer Paris curated by Eyes on Talents in 2017, Game ChangHer NYC will present the work of Lani Adeoye, Nina Cho, Pauline Deltour, Claire Lavabre, Inès Le Bihan, Nao Tamura, Marie Victoire Winckler.
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, digital innovation, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, intellectuals and innovators to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts. www.frenchculture.org
About Oui Design
Initiated in 2016, Oui Design, is a program of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and FACE Foundation, fosters creative exchange in design between France and the US.
Through creative residencies, exhibitions and workshops that encourage transatlantic collaboration with designers, artists, and manufacturers, Oui Design aims to enrich the sector by facilitating the transmission of knowledge and techniques as well as economic ties between the design industries on both sides of the Atlantic. It also brings French creatives to the United States to exhibit their work and to engage with industry professionals and the public at large. Previous editions included a Robert Stadler exhibition at the Noguchi Museum, a matali Crasset exhibition at WantedDesign Brooklyn, collaborations on talks and screenings with the Cooper Hewitt Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design, the ambitious “Transatlantic Creative Exchange” developed with WantedDesign, featuring innovative French-American duos (such as a collaboration between Constance Guisset and Uhuru, Ligne Roset and Marc Thorpe, among others), school exhibitions and workshops.
Oui Design is supported by Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, FACE Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation. Additional support for WantedDesign projects has been provided by XL Airways and Domaine de Boisbuchet.
With its marquee events during NYCxDESIGN in May, WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year. Founded in New York City in 2011 by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, WantedDesign has established itself as a constant and staunch supporter of U.S. and international design via events, conversations, and partners and its yearly programming aims to nurture New York City’s design dialogue. wanteddesignnyc.com
WantedDesign is produced by COEVENT LLC.
About industry City - IC Design Festival
Industry City is a destination for design, housing a robust artist and maker community and celebrating the creative process during its annual WantedDesign festival and Open Studios program each May. Last year, in conjunction with NYCxDESIGN the program expanded to become known as the IC Design Festival by WantedDesign, showcasing Brooklyn as a hub for diverse, multidisciplinary thinkers, makers, and entrepreneurs. The program appeals to anyone interested in the future of design and the next wave of design talent. The festival includes a showcase of design school projects from all over the world, outdoor installations, a series of talks and panels, hands on crafting, as well as activities and behind the scenes access to artist and designer studios based at Industry City.
Industrycity.com / https://industrycity.com/icdf/
NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. Taking place each May, the event celebrates a world of design and showcases over a dozen design disciplines through exhibitions, installations, trade shows, panels, product launches, open studios, and more. And, like design itself, NYCxDESIGN is everywhere, with events taking place across the city’s five boroughs. Brought to life by New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in conjunction with a steering committee of leading members of New York City’s design community, NYCxDESIGN highlights the unique creative, cultural, educational, and economic opportunities in New York city. nycxdesign.com
Camille Desprez, Cultural Services of the French Embassy,