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Design and Decorative Arts Collection

  • Jurgen Bey, Vacuum Cleaner de la collection « Dust », 2004, FNAC 05-397 © Jurgen Bey / Cnap/ photo: Yves Chenot

  • Salle de bain dans le Salon de Gascq, musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design. Exposition « Houselife », collection design du Cnap au madd Bordeaux, 2016
    © madd Bordeaux – V. Pertseva

  • Martino Gamper, Old furniture, New Faces, 2016. Commande du Cnap en partenariat avec le Mobilier national. Atelier in situ au Mobilier national. Crédit photo : Lionel Catelan

  • Ionna Vautrin, Le Bestiaire, 2015. Collection de 14 déguisements d’enfants. Achat à la Cité du Design de Saint-Étienne

  • Vue de l'exposition « Zones de confort », collection design du Centre national des arts plastiques, Galerie Poirel - Ville de Nancy, Nancy, 2016 © photo : Michel Giesbrecht

  • El Ultimo Grito, Female #8, Male #9, 2013. Diptyque. Verre. © D. R. / Cnap / visuel des artistes

  • Brynjar SIGURÐARSON, Hanging light, 2013. Collection « The Silent Village ». Achat à la galerie Kreo © Fabrice Gousset courtesy Galerie Kreo

  • H5 (François Alaux, Ludovic Houplain, Hervé De Crécy), Logorama, 2009. Court-métrage d’animation, 16 min. FNAC 2011-196. © H5 / Cnap

  • Mathieu Lehanneur, Demain est un autre jour, 2009, FNAC 2012-038 © Droits réservés / Cnap / photo: Carpenters Workshop Gallery

  • Gaetano Pesce
    Vase Amazonia
    2007/2009
    FNAC 09-233

    © Gaetano Pesce/Cnap/Photo : TRANLUCENT - Fish Design (Italie)

  • Matali Crasset
    Chaise longue Nature morte à habiter : (méridienne) #3
    2007
    Éditeur Thaddaeus Ropac - Paris,
    Multiplis de bouleau, vernis polyuréthane et peinture laquée, plastique
    FNAC 07-621

    © ADAGP/Cnap/ photo : Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

  • Konstantin Grcic
    Myto
    2008
    Édition Plank (Ora - Italie)
    Chaise empilable à piètement en porte-à-faux
    FNAC 08-533 à 08-540

    © D.R/Cnap/Photo : Silvera

  • Radi Designers
    Tapis Vu, 2008
    Éditeur TOOLSGalerie (France)
    FNAC AD09-2(40)
    12/13

    © D.R/Cnap/Photo : RADIVU – TOOLSGalerie

  • Apple
    PowerBook G4 17
    2005
    Ordinateur portable, écran TFT 17 pouces avec clavier rétro éclairé, détecteur de
    lumière, système de détection des mouvements brusques (Sudden Motion Sensor)
    Plastique, métal
    FNAC 05-1241(1à7)

    © D.R/Cnap/Photo : Y. Chenot

  • Jasper Morrison
    Cafetière CT 800
    2004
    FNAC 04-329(1à5)

    © D.R/Cnap/Photo : Y. Chenot

  • Enzo Mari
    Mobilier Mariolino, Mariolina
    2002/2003
    Éditeur Magis (Motta di Livenza - Italie)
    FNAC 04-378 à 04-382

    © Enzo Mari/Cnap/Photo : Y. Chenot

  • Ron Arad
    Fauteuil The Big E
    2002
    Éditeur Moroso (Italie)
    Polyéthylène recyclable rotomoulé monobloc teinté rouge
    FNAC 03-673

    © D.R/Cnap

  • Anastase Charles
    Tenue Kimono
    2001
    FNAC 01-816(1à9)
    3/13

    © D.R/Cnap/Photo : Y. Chenot

  • Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec
    Bibliothèque Hommage à Charlotte
    2000
    Éditeur Galerie Neotu
    Étagères moulées en polyester antichoc (IPS) gris, socle en bois laqué gris, parois en verre sérigraphié de couleur, raidisseurs en bois laqué gris en forme de T ou L
    FNAC 01-058(1à21)

    © D.R/Cnap/ photo : Bruno Scotti

  • Gaetano Pesce, Untitled Chiat /Day Phone de la collection « Chiat/Day », 1994, FNAC 2015-0312 © Gaetano Pesce / photo : Yves Chenot

  • Achille Castiglioni
    Bibliothèque Joy
    1989
    Éditeur Zanotta (Italie)
    Bibliothèque à rayons pivotants
    Structure porteuse en acier verni à chaud noir, éléments verticaux et horizontaux en
    bois aggloméré avec renforts en acier; finition frêne à pores ouverts plaqué et verni
    noir
    FNAC 02-282

    © D.R/Cnap/Photo : Bruno Scotti

  • Erik Jan Kwakkel, Peter van der Jagt et Arnout Visser, Hella Jongerius, Dick Van Hoff, Korpershoek Matijs. Éléments de salle de bains Dry Bathing : panneau mural et accessoires, 1995-1998. Éditeur : Droog design © Adagp, Paris/ Cnap / photo: Yves Chenot

  • Ettore Sottsass, Carlton, 1980, FNAC 1980. Éditeur : Memphis, Pregnana Milanese (Italie) © Adagp/ Cnap / photo: Michel-Alain Barjou

  • Garouste & Bonetti
    Lampe à poser Civa
    1990
    Éditeur B.G.H. Editions (France)
    Bronze massif doré
    FNAC 93637
    5/13

    © ADAGP/Cnap/Photo : Jean Tholance/Les Arts Décoratifs

  • Hermès
    Sac à main Kelly
    1935
    Éditeur Hermès International (France)
    FNAC 08-831(1à3)

    © D.R/Cnap/Photo : Y. Chenot

  • Shiro Kuramata
    Fauteuil Miss Blanche
    1989
    Éditeur Kuramata Design Office (Japon)
    FNAC 90207

    © D.R/Cnap/Photo : Galerie Yves Gastou

  • Martin Szekely
    Chaise longue Pi
    1984
    Éditeur Galerie Neotu
    FNAC 2818

    © Martin Szekely/Cnap/Photo : Jean Tholance/Les Arts Décoratifs

OVER THIRTY YEARS OF PURCHASES TO BUILD A MAJOR COLLECTION
In 1981, the area of decorative arts, industrial design and crafts was added to the collection, and a specific Commission was created with its own budget. It was born out of the willingness to encompass the diversity and vitality of contemporary design. After regular purchases, based on the recommendations of figures from various backgrounds (experts from the Ministry of Culture, but also designers, journalists and independent curators), the collection has grown to include close to 9,500 pieces including including commissions, by over 2,200 artists and designers. It reflects the developments and diversity in this very broad field, and rather than telling a historical story, it does so through a series of views on and interpretations of what it is today.

Building on a historical core of State commissions, the collection is one of the foremost collections of contemporary design in Europe. Important monographic series illustrate the work of iconic designers on the European scene, including Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini, Gaetano Pesce, Jasper Morrison, Martin Szekely and Philippe Starck. From Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to the Radi Designers, Matali Crasset, Droog Design and 5.5, the leading figures of the last decade are also well represented. The works produced in the context of State commissions, such as the ceramics that emerged from the experiment of “Designers à Vallauris” (1998-2001) also contribute to the uniqueness of this collection. Driven by a prospective approach, the CNAP also endeavors to acquire the works of emerging figures such as Julien Carretero and Émilie Voirin. Lastly, the fields of activity of the Commission were recently extended to the area of graphic design, leading to an expansion of the collections in 2010 to include a number of significant pieces, such as Pierre Di Sciullo’s Qui ? Résiste journal series, a series of models by Peter Knapp, and Philippe Millot’s books.

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A DIVERSE COLLECTION, REFLECTING A MULTI-FACETED PRODUCTION
The collection explores a wide range of areas: furniture, tableware, lighting, textiles, but also jewelry, household appliances, new technologies and fashion accessories. Innovative cycles, “nomadic items” such as USB keys and mobile phones, and even Apple products have thus been recently added to the collections.

This typological diversity is mirrored by a wide range of production methods and circuits. One-off pieces, artifacts made using traditional or new processes, prototypes and industrial products all reflect the diversity of practices and the large number of people involved: designers, publishers, gallery owners, craftspeople and manufacturers.

The issue of the one vs. the many is pervasive throughout the field of design, and therefore throughout the collection, raising the question of the status of the object. Everyday icons, such as gas bottles and Vélibs, thus appear alongside experimental pieces, produced in a few copies, such as Mathieu Lehanneur’s weather station/mirror on the world, Demain est un autre jour, and the lamp Surface tension by the collective Front Design, which replaces the traditional light bulb with ephemeral soap bubbles.

The collection thus illustrates the changes in the domestic landscape and the ways of inhabiting the world. The question of the transformation of lifestyles and the significance of new production methods, in the time of 3D printing and open source technologies, fuel the discussions on future acquisitions.

 

Dernière mise à jour le 26 Oct 2017

Additional content(s)

Le Grand Détournement

Design collection of the Centre national des arts plastiques

galerie Poirel, Nancy
june 03 • october 29 2017

Houselife

A look at the Design Collection from the Centre national des arts plastiques

Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design, Bordeaux
september 24 2016 • february 05 2017

Old Furniture - New Faces

A project by Martino Gamper, commissioned by the Cnap in partnership with the Mobilier national.

Mobilier national, Paris 13
november 14 2016 • january 08 2017

Comfort zones

Design collection of the Centre national des arts plastiques 1/3

galerie Poirel, Nancy
november 21 2015 • april 18 2016