Villa Noailles's popular festival doubles up with a second event in Toulon, devoted to interior architecture.
Following the Hyères international Design Parade festival's 10th anniversary last year, its organisers decided to henceforth split the event into two parts, one in Toulon for interior architecture, the other in Hyères for design. The new format makes it possible to cover all aspects of the decorative arts within contemporary creation. Both sections feature their own exhibitions and a competition intended to flag up talented youngsters in the new generation. At Villa Noailles* visitors can discover glass working in Biot (Local Know-how) along with the work of Samy Rio (Assemblage Mechanics), Max Lamb (Exercises in Seating) and Dimitri Bähler (Volumes, Patterns, Textures and Colours). Over in Toulon** the spotlight is on projects by India Mahdavi, Olivier Amsellem and Ettore Sottsass. The competition juries – one each for Design and Interior Architecture – met together over the first weekend in July to pick the competitions' winners. In Hyères the Jury Grand Prix went to Pernelle Poyet for her project for a library of forms, materials, connections and finishes for use in designing furnishings, while the Toulon winner was Studio Quetzal with Immersed Office, a furnishing concept inspired by the structural vocabulary of boats.