Transatlantic Creative Exchange, an exhibition part of Oui design curated by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, founders of WantedDesign.
Transatlantic Creative Exchange is presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and WantedDesign, part of the Oui Design initiative supported by Institut Français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the Florence Gould Foundation.
The Transatlantic Creative Exchange first chapter took place in May 2016 at WantedDesign Brooklyn, Industry City, during NYCxDESIGN. The goal was that both designers and manufacturers experiment and explore new territories together, thanks to the designers’ creativity and vision combined with manufacturers and artisans unique expertise and cultural background. The exhibition at WantedDesign Brooklyn showcased prototypes and unique pieces resulting from the collaborations between the French and American designers and manufacturers. The participants came from all around both countries, offering an interesting way to discover different regions of France and the U.S. though their creative backgrounds.
The first presentation of the “Transatlantic Creative Exchange” in May 2016 included five French-American duos:
The International Glass Art Center, CIAV (Meisenthal, France) x Steven Haulenbeek (Chicago, US)
The International Glass and Visual Arts Research Center, C.I.R.V.A. (Marseille, France) x Jonah Takagi (Washington DC,US)
Ligne Roset (Lyon, France) x Marc Thorpe (New York, US)
Neal Feay Company (Santa Barbara, US) x Noé Duchaufour Lawrance (Paris, France)
TABISSO (Saint Nazaire, France) x Michael Sean Stolworthy (Las Vegas, US)
The designers and manufacturers were invited to start a conversation and to share ideas to define the scope of the project. Each pair then defined a method of approach, sometimes including a “design in residency” time. Each group also had the responsibility to document their project from beginning to end, so part of the exhibition will show not only their prototype but also the story of the creative and manufacturing process. The dialogue between the French and American partners throughout the development is as valuable as the resulting pieces. A second chapter of the program will be presented at WantedDesign Brooklyn in 2017.