FREN

JEAN-PAUL BATH
Executive Director of VIA

Biography

INNOVATION NEWSLETTER

Subscribe

PRATICAL INFORMATIONS
VIA Gallery

120, avenue Ledru Rollin
75011 Paris
Metro : Gare de Lyon / Ledru Rollin

Opening :

monday-friday : 9.30am – 6.30pm

FOLLOW US ON...
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Design Biennial Saint-Etienne 2006 - Innovation

In the framework of its mandate to promote creation in furniture design and living environments, VIA has analysed thousands of project dossiers in the past 25 years, financed the prototyping of the best proposals, helped designers to develop their works, and introduced them to industrialists and makers interested in producing.

At this year’s Saint Etienne event we will be showcasing this activity by exhibiting the most significant prototypes from the VIA collection, all of them made thanks to our assistance grants. The three basic postulates that determined our selection criteria are :
• Functional innovations, the improvement of existing functions or the creation of new typologies, as demonstrated by the desk parasol by Ariane Epstein or the rug-stool by Gregory Lacoua.
• Technological innovations, crossovers in techniques or technologies, the use of new materials, as demonstrated by the LED suspension light by Swann Bourotte or the Right in Tension split timber pieces by Saleem Bhatri.
• Formal innovations made possible by the preceding devices, as demonstrated by the Nok table the Very Nice chair by François Azambourg.
These prototypes – all recent – will be accompanied by critical commentaries and surveys touching on contemporary trends in society and industry. They will be presented in a scenography designed to enhance their exemplarity as products amidst the powerfully evocative industrial site chosen to host the Biennial 2006.

VIA has a mission to valorize and promote French creation in design for everyday living (furniture, lighting, tableware, decoration accessories, rugs, furnishing textiles, etc.), in France and world-wide.
Its programme of action addresses the entire profession: industrial groups, small and medium-sized firms, artisans, producers, distributors, creation professions.

Prospective research
Diagnosis of currents of evolution in our society & anticipation of their effects on the adaptation & design of products that compose our everyday environment.

Assistance to creation
Attribution of research grants & financing of prototypes for designers.

Relations with design schools in France and abroad
Financing of projects, participation in end-of-year juries, organization of seminars focusing on prospective themes researched by VIA, accompanying of teaching programmes.

VIA Labels
Every year labels are awarded to products or ranges that result from fruitful collaboration between a French maker and a designer.

Consulting for firms
Strategic repositioning, updating of ranges, styling, creation of new products, co-ordination & follow-up of projects, design of concerted actions in regional areas.

Exhibitions in France and world-wide
Design & staging of events at major trade fairs & international design events. VIA street-front gallery on avenue Daumesnil in Paris.

Agora des créateurs
The first base for referencing creative professionals (architects, designers, stylists, etc.) via the Internet.

Remerciements à Arts & Textures

Scenography : Yves Gradelet (architect scenographer, in charge of exhibitions )

Logistique : Philip Beroske (technical coordinator )

Press : via.presse @mobilier.com - t. +33(0)1 46 28 11 11 - f. +33(0)1 46 28 13 13

Creation assistance : Michel Bouisson (head of Creation Assistance & relations with schools)

HD images

NB : The images are strickly limited to the presentation and promotion of the corresponding event.
All use of images must be accompanied by the mentioned copyright.
VIA is not responsible for misuse of images.

Procedure for HD downloads

1/ Open the picture by clicking on its tag.
2/ It will then open in a new window.
3/ Right click on the image.
4/ Select "save to".

Bulle night lamp
© Fillioux&Fillioux

oscillating fan
© Fillioux&Fillioux

standard & suspended lamp
© Fillioux&Fillioux

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

© P.Beroske/VIA

LED suspended lamp
© Fillioux&Fillioux

Goom seat
© Fillioux&Fillioux

Play storage system
© Fillioux&Fillioux

El Quitasol office parasol
© Fillioux&Fillioux

Very Nice chair
© Fillioux&Fillioux

Du fil et une aiguille mat / stool
© Fillioux&Fillioux

suspended lamp
© Fillioux&Fillioux

Alphabet small articulated piece
© Fillioux&Fillioux

Cradle seat
© Fillioux&Fillioux

La Discrète lamp
© J.Bello

bookshelf
© Fillioux&Fillioux

Right in Tension screen
© Fillioux&Fillioux

Right in Tension table & bench
© Fillioux&Fillioux

Jellyfish lamp
© Fillioux&Fillioux

suspended lamp
© Fillioux&Fillioux

Top