For the first time, the Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap), the Mobilier National and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs join the Centre Pompidou for an exceptional partnership to present the national design collections in Toulon. Based on a selection of artworks from the collections of the four institutions, in collaboration with the villa Noailles, the exhibition “Second Nature. For a sustainable design” [Seconde nature. Pour un design durable] brings together, as part of the Toulon Design Parade Festival, some 50 designers through 150 artworks, exploring the paths to sustainable design to better understand the plurality of approaches.
Through a thematic tour, the exhibition centres on the revival brought about in industrial production and manufacturing models by contemporary designers. Facing the climate emergency, design is adapting, modifying the ways of making and producing, and leading to new daily uses. Designers are committed to finding solutions with a strong social and environmental dimension: open and collaborative practices, fighting obsolescence and contamination, upcycling, reuse and recycling, material innovation, biomanufacturing… In search of alternatives, sustainable design takes on all the possibilities.
Curated by Marie-Ange Brayer, curator in charge of the design collection at MNAM- CCI, Centre Pompidou, and Olivier Zeitoun, associate curator, curatorial attaché at MNAM- CCI, Centre Pompidou, with the collaboration of Julia Balduini, research and coordination officer, Centre Pompidou, in association with Sandra Cattini, head of the decorative arts, design and crafts collection (Cnap) and Lucile Montagne, heritage curator, collections inspector (Mobilier National), this exhibition, produced by Hôtel des Arts Toulon Provence Méditerranée, co-organised by the Centre Pompidou and the villa Noailles, explores the multiple facets of sustainable design, between materials and imagination.