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Whilst the <<Harry >> armchair is carving its place as a best seller at Ligne Roset, this year Eric Jourdan has designed Dino, a superb range of tables, desk and storage based on the asymmetry of colours and shapes familiar to Ligne Roset presented at the last Maison&Objet show. A play on contrasts that the designer masters to perfection.

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Initiated by N°111 with François Bauchet and Eric Jourdan, the Quatrième Mur was one of the ‘off’ exhibitions which spearheaded the event during the St Etienne Design Biennial 2010. In a former cinema and with this mysterious title, three ex- Saint Etienne students invited two of their ex-lecturers for a collective exhibition in the shape of ‘tribute-thanks-transmission’ with a result which lecturers and pupils alike can be proud of. The installation comprised everyday objects which, through their design and varying scales, gave rhythm and composition to the scenic space. The objective was to encourage the spectator to observe the objects from our domestic environment from a different angle and to reconsider the relationship between objects. Read the rest of this entry »


With “Domestic Ponds” at the galerie BSL, Duende Studio ends its cycle of research about domestic water features which began in 2008 with “Local River” in tandem with Mathieu Lehanneur. This cycle is the most vernacular part of a wider fascination for living objects in a literal sense, that is objects which use or manipulate  living organisms, of which the exhibition “Eden ADN, genetic design” lay the basis in 2006 at the St Etienne Biennial.  The aquarium, connected here to a purifying garden, is both the perfect metaphor of our human condition stuck in a frighteningly finite world and an object paradoxically judged as very has been, reserved for aficionados of aquatic maintenance. With these three new pieces conceived with Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge and Eric Jourdan, “Domestic Ponds” therefore proposes a new aesthetic, practical and metaphorical vision of the aquarium from 17th September to 27th November 2010 at the galerie BSL.

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At Galerie BSL from 17th September to 27th November 2010, Duende Studio is proposing ‘Domestic Ponds,’ a piece of work about the pond as a domestic water point, with three new pieces by Mathieu Lehanneur, Benjamin Graindorge and Eric Jourdan. ‘A liquid hollow, a matrix swarming with life, the pond is a true open air breeding spot, the antithesis of a vase or an aquarium’ for Anthony van den Bossche / Duende Studio.The water, overflowing with nutrients, drawn from the bottom of the garden, irrigates as well as fertilises the vegetable garden.’ This practice is pushed to its limit with aquaponic agriculture allowing the symbiosis of fish and plants. The plants are nourished by the fish water full of nitrate-rich waste. The plants therefore play the role of natural filter by retaining the nitrates and assist in maintaining balanced water for the fish. Read the rest of this entry »


In february, 40 000 visitors discovered the metamorphosis of the famous Première Vision trade fair.  French designer Eric Jourdan and art directress Francesca Avossa redesigned the entire set as a white town made out of translucid Corian. From signage and furniture (purpose-designed and custom-made) to the architectural resolution of stands, reception counters and restaurants, the new all-over scenography assert the contemporary and cosmopolitan character of the world’s most famous textile show.
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CHIC Dessin is set to make all the difference with a strong mobilization of galleries for its maiden run. Over two thirds of the works on show have been specially commissioned for the fair, in solo or duo presentations. Polad-Hardouin will be presenting Eric Fiol, Wu Xiaohai (see image below) and Marcel Katuchewski, along with the rising generation in a group exhibition that will evolve on site during the fair. Maria Lund will propose an installation by South African artist Lyndi Sales, while Jason Manley’s treasure maps will invite discovery at the Valérie Lambert space. The Du Buisson gallery will be taking the pulse of the event with a cabinet dedicated to links between therapy and art, accompanied by a performance signed Laetitia Bourget, whose drawings will be stuck onto the palm of the visitor’s hand.
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This design creation is a surprise coming as it does from Eric Jourdan and from Ligne Roset : ‘Harry’ is the most hybrid and bold piece of the new Roset collection. It is contemporary and classic, as switched-on as it is old-hat and yet beautiful  – so much so that you don’t know what to think about its origins. Starting from an archetype of à la française style furniture reassessed by Jourdan’s eye, the French maker has produced a range that is  authentically undatable, somewhere between 1940 and 2010, as offbeat as vodka & tonic served in Limoges porcelain.
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As tense and profiled as an automobile body, ‘Hampton’ is a memory bank for Eric Jourdan : ‘I started out in this profession thinking I was going to design cars. With this type of commission and the culture of Domeau & Pérès, who work a lot in aviation and aeronautics, I’m getting back down to my roots as a designer’. This is almost a break for a creator known for the soft elegance of his seating, in particular for Ligne Roset, and who brings together here two of the basic exercises for any real creator: design a chair and design a vehicle.

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