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« Le mobilier d’architectes, 1960 – 2020 » exhibition in Paris | FR

Zaha Hadid's VorteXX chandelier is on display at the Cité de l'Architecture & du Patrimoine in Paris from 29 May 2019 to 30 September 2019. The exhibition "Le mobilier d’architectes, 1960 – 2020" aims to explore how architects fit into the decorative arts through the design of architectural furniture, objects and luminaires. The opening will take place on 28 May 2019 at 18:00 in the presence of Franck Riester, France’s Minister of Culture.

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For 150 years, architects have been designing furniture and luminaires to complete their constructions, but unlike the furniture of the Viennese Secession, Art Deco, Bauhaus or Modern movements, the architects' furniture from the 1960s to the present day has not been studied much. Through prototypes, unique pieces, limited editions or large series, the exhibition invites visitors to discover the furniture production of architects from 1959 to the present day.

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Zumtobel implemented the VorteXX lighting sculpture in collaboration with Sawaya & Moroni, following an idea developed jointly by architects Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher. VorteXX is a perfect symbiosis of organic lines and a surprisingly dynamic modulation of light colours. This impressive design is based on the vision of an infinite ribbon of light. Its charismatically curved outlines remind the beholder of a double helix and seem like a continuously flowing form – weightless, impulsive and radiant.

VorteXX is a perfect symbiosis of organic lines and richly colourful and simultaneously brilliant white light. This makes VorteXX create harmonious lighting scenes wherever it is installed, and have a sustainable impact on people's sense of well-being. A translucent acrylic glass cover was inserted into its highly specular surface made of fibre-glass-reinforced polyester to achieve uniform light distribution and optimum colour mixture.

Alessandro Mendini, Kandissi, 1980
© photo Design Museum Gent
Thomas Heatherwick, Billet 1, Extrusion 1
© Peter Mallet Photography