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Applied Arts, Craftwork and Industrial Design Commission 2016

In 2016, Cnap, through the committee for acquisitions and commissions, procured 116 works created by 44 designers or art collectives, for a budget of €202,131.56.

The high proportion of designers entering the collection for the first time (61%) is a reflection of Cnap’s prospective goal.

The diversity of projects and undertaking of research, with the interests this demonstrates, is a reflection of the wish to house within the collection the multiple facets of contemporary design. The committee paid particular attention to the way in which certain designers are investing in the new aesthetic and economic possibilities offered by digital technology, including 3D printing. The Unfold dual installation, notably with L’artisan électronique (Electronic Artisan) and Aluminium Gradient Chair by Joris Laarman and the vases by Olivier Van Herpt offer different responses to this new context.

Phenomeneon  by Pieke Bergmans, Free Range Table by El Ultimo Grito, and the “Block” collection by Sylvain Willenz pose the question of production in a different way, by diverting or appropriating processes and industrial materials. “Gravity Project” by Jolan van der Wiel demonstrates the emergence of unorthodox machines.

New types of tools and art pieces that are symptomatic of the great technological and social changes at work have entered the collections: on the one hand, a set of cards and printed circuits, with Open Hardware and, on the other, virtual reality headsets and other brain/computer interfaces.

An “Ikea Hacking” collection enhances the exploration of Do-It-Yourself practices.

Pieces by Felipe Ribon and Brynjar Sigurdarson illustrate the way in which functional objects are also proclaimed as workrooms for the imagination and invention, with one of them launching into the world of hypnosis and the other into the world of Icelandic fishermen.

The acquisition of two collections, products marketed through Jasper Morrison’s online shop, on the one hand, and the complete Designer Box series on the other, demonstrate the rapid growth in new methods of promotion, circulation and collection of pieces. In response to them, there are the works of sculpture by Jonathan Muecke, striving to resist the viewer.

Two textile works have also been added to the collection: a type of chaise longue known as a “méridienne”, by Chevalier-Masson, which is inspired by the Oceanic tapa cloth technique, and a Doshi-Levien rug from Nanimarquina , that revisits the Rabari decorative arts vocabulary.

Several proposed exhibits enhance the field of graphic design. First of all, a wide selection of children's books, published by Les Trois Ourses, which, alongside historic pieces such as those by Bruno Munari, allow a significant number of works by contemporary illustrators to enter the collections. The historic value should also be emphasised of the acquisition of a huge set illustrating Jean Widmer’s work, devising pictograms for France’s motorways. Lastly, the Colvert font ( has added to the field of typography, with a project here for a universal font.

The intention is for these works to be sent out on loan to cultural institutions in France and abroad.

Dernière mise à jour le 17 Nov 2017

Aluminium Gradient Chair, 2014

Aluminium, stéréolithographie
72 x 62 x 60 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires

Achat à Joris Laarman Studio (Pays-Bas)

Stab (Stabilizer), 2013

(REF JM021)
Fibre de carbone
140 x 127 x 38 cm
Édition Volume Gallery

Achat à Volume Gallery (États-Unis)

CS (Coiled Stool), 2013

(Ref JM009)
Fibre de carbone, kevlar, époxy
42 x 38 x 38 cm
Édition à la commande

Achat à Volume Gallery (États-Unis)

Arc S, 2016

Collection « Maniera 07 – Arc Series »
Lampe de sol
Aluminium, LED, câble électrique, variateur
36 x 200 x 4.6cm
Édition limitée 1/16 + 2 EA
Édition Galerie Maniera

Achat à la galerie Maniera (Belgique)

∏ / Φ / λ / ψ / ξ, 2013

Collection « Vessels »
Objets de projection sensorielle
Socle en marbre calacatta  oro et objet en verre soufflé argenté
200 x 150 mm chaque
Pièce unique d’une petite série diversifiée

Achat à l’artiste

Ascent, 2013

Lampe de table
Réflecteur en feuille d'aluminium tourné ; tige en  technopolymère ; base avec pivot de fixation en  caoutchouc synthétique ; LED 11W
64 x ø 8,5 cm
Édition Luceplan

Achat à Philips/Luceplan (Italie)

Hanging Light, 2013

Collection « The Silent Village »
Frêne, métal, corde, fils de nylon, plumes, fourrure, cuir et matériaux divers
92 x 100 x 3cm
Pièce unique d’une série diversifiée
Édition limitée Galerie Kreo

Side Table, 2013

Collection « The Silent Village »
Table d'appoint finition noir
Frêne, Krion®, métal cordes, fils de nylon, plumes, fourrure, cuir et matériaux divers
55 x 136 x 90cm
Pièce unique d’une série diversifiée
Édition limitée Galerie Kreo

Colvert, 2012

Ensemble de documents et de fichiers numériques, relatifs à la conception et à la mise au point de la famille de caractères typographiques Colvert (Arabic, Cyrillic, Latin , Greek)
Techniques graphiques et fichiers numériques

Achat aux artistes