In 2011, the Grand Prix Design Parade (Ville Noailles – Hyères) was awarded ex-aequo to Jean-Baptiste Fastrez and Brynjar Sigurðarson. These two designers created three projects, both collaborating with the Festival’s partners (Sèvres – cité de la céramique, CIRVA, Galerie Kreo) whilst at the same time undertaking personal projects. The work they are exhibiting this summer is the product of the past year, since winning Design Parade.
Grisgris, vases, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, Sèvres – cité de la céramique / Copyright Jean-Baptiste Fastrez
Grigris “Roly-poly” figures, These gris- gris, or talismans, from Sèvres, offer an opportunity to play with porcelain’s fragility and weightlessness. Miniature vases carefully hand thrown and decorated, then mounted upon solid metal hemispheres.
Miroirs, Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, Galerie Kréo / Copyright Jean-Baptiste Fastrez
Miroirs These mirrors employ a plastic, within the creation of their frames, which is normally used for making the frames for spectacles. This bulk- stained plastic imitates horn or tortoiseshell. Appropriated and thus re-employed for a large object, it surprises as a result of its equally organic and totally synthetic appearance. A project created for Kreo Gallery.
Stones and Bones Brynjar Sigurdarson, galerie nouvelle, villa Noailles / Copyright Olivier Amsellem
A vase arrived from experiments on mixing transparent and colored glass. A project created with CIRVA International Research Center on Glass and Arts.
…And by the way, we’re glad to announce you that Sylvain Willenz will be exposing his works with CIRVA at Victor Hunt Gallery for Design September in Brussels! (From September 6th until October 6th)