This week we apply a little French flair with an abundance of reasons to hot foot it over to Paris for some much-needed design drooling. Not only is the biannual Maison et Objet trade show about to kick off (6-10th Sept) but Paris Design Week is hot on its heels (9– 15th Sept) and The Conran Shop has set the wheels in motion for an exclusive installation to mark this design extravaganza.
Set to open to the public this weekend and run for the month of September, the exhibition celebrates the work of one of the ultimate pioneers of 20th century design, Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). Containing a number of loaned pieces from the Buckminster Fuller Institute in New York and original works available for sale, the exhibition includes prints, models, film and text chronicling Fuller’s most significant designs.
It is futile to try and define Fuller as he was one of life’s extraordinary visionaries; a creative mastermind who dabbled in architecture, engineering, maths, inventing, philosophy, teaching and a whole lot more. Devoting his life to doing more with less, he made valuable strides into the realms of sustainability and renewable energy. Most famed for his Geodesic Dome structures and Dymaxion series of inventions, he challenged a host of global issues, from housing and shelter to education and energy.
Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Invention Portfolio’ - a set of 13 original signed screen prints illustrating Fuller’s most respected patents and realised inventions. In addition there will be a host of books, bags and prints available to buy in store plus a selection of vintage pieces if you fancy a 1946 copy of Elle showcasing his home or a rare 1972 Playboy complete with Buckminster Fuller interview.
Elizabeth Thompson, The Buckminster Fuller Institute Director, will be holding exhibition tours on the 10th September so hold the date in your diary and RSVP here firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is limited so don't miss your chance to join. Check out parisdesignweek.fr for a host of other activities worth seeing and join us again later in the week as we plan our perfect Parisian getaway, from the best restaurants to the perfect promenades.