Of the many stand-out events, the writer has chosen to single out three in particular. During a conversation en plein air, the Dutch designer Ineke Hans, chair of the jury and guest of honour at Hyères with an extremely interesting solo exhibition, stressed the need for real commitment in regard to sustainability. Her response to questions from the public was perhaps the only possible one: “I don’t compromise anymore.”
At the Hôtel des Arts in Toulon, the exhibition Modern Interiors,1920-1930 draws on the Centre Pompidou design collection. The breath-taking pieces are given an extraordinary re-reading also thanks to the brilliant display of the designer, who brings colours, geometries and their own attention to the tiniest details to fashion one of the most interesting museum narratives of recent times. It is worth remembering that the façade of the historic building was revamped by another talented designer who really took off at this festival - Alexandre Benjamin Navet.
Lastly, few people will forget their taste of the apartment designed by the Parisian Rodolphe Parente, chairman of the jury and guest of honour in Toulon. His solo show, entitled Contre-Soirée, leveraged his personal and visionary approach, with industrial pieces and cold materials side by side with objects of affection, works of art and natural elements. Visitors would be advised to take it slowly in order to savour all his sometimes small or unexpected interventions, a source of huge inspiration.