Jean Nouvel - Mes meubles d’architecte
Rue de saint peres 6, Paris
“Je ne suis pas un designer, mais un architecte qui fait du design”. (I am not a designer, I am an architect who designs.) This is what Jean Nouvel has to say about his work creating furniture and objects. The result is gathered in a rich collection on exhibition from 27 October 2016 to 12 February 2017 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
More than 100 pieces of furniture will be distributed throughout the museum in a sort of dialogue with the permanent collections, including those dedicated to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. All of the furnishings by Jean Nouvel for the Molteni Group will be on display. The architect has worked in collaboration with Molteni for over 20 years, beginning with the project for the Fondation Cartier (1994) and with the creation of a design icon of the 20th century, the Less table, which later evolved into LessLess and LessLess Color, with the sheet-metal being replaced by aluminum. Instantly recognizable, functional and above all lightweight, the table is manufactured by UniFor for office environments and is also proposed by Molteni&C for domestic use. The exhibition will also include Cases, a surprisingly simple and flexible modular office furnishing system, and the exclusive Table au KM, an extra-large table in solid wood, produced by in a limited edition of six versions and distributed by Gagosian Gallery and Gallerie Patrick Seguin.
Jean Nouvel's collaboration with the Molteni Group has consolidated over time with the execution of several major contract projects, office design projects and special exhibitions, in particular for UniFor.
Jean Nouvel, Paris 2016
Events | 2020.08.06
UniFor @ Paris Design Week
UniFor presents a new multimedia window, curated by Ron Gilad, for the Paris Design Week in its showroom in 6 Rue des Saints Pères.
Events | 2019.09.15
UniFor will take part at WORKSPACE, the largest commercial interior design event in the Middle East. The which will take place in Dubai from 17th to 10th September.
This year WORKSPACE will also be part of Middle East Design and Hospitality Week (MEDHW), the biggest celebration of design and hospitality in the Region.
Events | 2019.09.06
New Opening - UniFor Showroom Paris
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, UniFor is restoring and renewing the historic showroom of its French branch, designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1979. The newly renovated spaces has been inaugurated during Paris Design Week, in celebration of both UniFor’s first 50 years - the history of which is illustrated in a prestigious book published by Skira, “UniFor. A Commitment to Architecture” - and its 40 years on the French market at its historic and prestigious Paris location on Rue des Saint-Peres. It was 1978 when the Molteni family founded UniFor France and entrusted Afra and Tobia Scarpa with the task of transforming the former residential apartment at 6 Rue des Saints-Pères into spaces suitable for receiving its clients and presenting the UniFor collection. The showroom was launched the following year. The renovation project, overseen by the architect Simone Agresta, leaves Afra and Tobia Scarpa's original project intact while reinterpreting the spaces in a modern key
Events | 2019.07.31
Design the Workspaces of the future
UniFor has always supported major cultural initiatives and wide ranging, particularly related to the evolution of the contemporary office space, in a path characterized by intense research and experimentation for a continuous improvement of the product, attentive to the world of design, architecture and design.
Events | 2019.07.24
Lights on Smart Working
A new installation curated by Ron Gilad and featuring Touch Down Unit for the windows dressing of the UniFor Showroom in Milan, in Corso Matteotti 14.
The historic flagship store, designed in 1989 by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, continues to be a point of reference and thanks to this installation it is once again the most efficient space to display the latest innovations.
Three Touch Down Units - the innovative autonomous workstation designed in collaboration with Studio Klass and presented during the Milan Design Week at Palazzo di Brera on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Company - are positioned on the platform in correspondence with the window.
Around them are recognizable archetypes of furniture: a chair, a stool, a wardrobe, a sofa, reduced to pure geometric lines, which reveal in the dark, thanks to a special blue and orange fluorescent paint, unexpected plays of light.
An abstract configuration of a contemporary work environment that establishes, in the distinctive sign of the Israeli designer, a connection between the idea and design of industry and confirms the tradition of the UniFor windows, which over the time have become a means of communicating a precise company identity, a confirmation of the circular prophecy made by Gio Ponti on the eve of the birth of industrial design: if in those days the world of art was in love with industry, now it is industry that has declared its love for art.