February 7, 2010By Paris UpdateArchive



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View of the VIA exhibition. © Hervé Véronèse, Centre Pompidou, 2009

Less than two weeks left to see an entertaining design show at the Centre Pompidou, “VIA Design 3.0” (through Feb. 1; free admission), celebrating the 30th anniversary of VIA (Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement), an organization that promotes French design. Among the 40 prototypes on show are early designs, financed by VIA, by such stars as Phillippe Starck, Martin Szekely, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Matali Crasset, Mathieu Lehanneur, François Azambourg and Phillippe Rahm, whose projects were. Alongside them are works by up-and-coming young designers recently discovered by VIA. Some of the prototypes will be donated to the Centre Pompidou’s design collection.


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