Spotlight On: Paris’ Architect’s Furniture 1960-2020 Exhibition

The Conran Shop takes a trip to Paris to find out more about the little-studied furniture of the last 60 years. Each piece of furniture in the Architect’s Furniture 1960-2020 exhibition has been designed and loved by some of the world’s most distinguished architects.

Set under the impressively vaulted ceilings of Paris’ Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, a museum dedicated to architecture and sculpture, the Architect’s Furniture exhibition explores iconic furniture from the years 1960 to 2020.

The first exhibition of its kind to be displayed throughout the entire Cité, iconic designs such as the Tulip Armchair, Platner Chair and Kartell Componibili Cabinet can be found nestled amongst the museum’s permanent collections and library. This innovative way of displaying the exhibition helps to create a new dialogue between the building, the museum’s permanent collection and the pieces included in the exposition.

Le mobilier d'Architectes 1960-2020 | Images courtesy of Denys Vinson & La Croix
Architect’s Furniture 1960-2020 | Images courtesy of Denys Vinson & La Croix

The wide-reaching exhibition showcases almost 300 different pieces from over 215 of some of the world’s most renowned architectural figures and personalities from the last decades. Throughout the exhibition, you’ll discover furniture and designs by the likes of Ron Arad, David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Verner Panton and Ettore Sottsass.

Taking the form of prototypes, single pieces, limited-edition designs and mass productions, the exhibition’s contents invite visitors to find out more about what makes architect-designed furniture unique and overwhelmingly original.

Le mobilier d'Architectes 1960-2020
Architect’s Furniture 1960-2020 | Images courtesy of Denys Vinson & La Croix

In comparison to other celebrated artistic movements such as the Bauhaus, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modernism, furniture from 1960 to the present day has remained relatively overlooked in studies and research. Now, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine’s exhibition allows visitors to discover more about the designs that are set to become future classics and collectables. It is an unmissable extravaganza dedicated to some of the 20th and 21st-century’s most iconic designs.