Design: España
MAD Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Bordeaux
14 June – 16 September, 2013
39 Rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux, France
+33 5 56 10 14 00
http://www.bordeaux.fr/portail/portal/pgFicheLieu.psml?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pgFicheLieu&classofcontent=lieu&id=9

Spanish design is highly prized in France, and one of the objectives of this exhibition is to demonstrate the contributions that Spanish inventiveness has made to the fields of graphic art, industrial design and furniture. It also aims to let French audiences see the creativity of Spanish design, in terms of both designers and the companies that manufacture contemporary design products.

The exhibition conveys all this information in a 700 square metre display space, spread over two floors. The lower floor shows the latest pieces and products created by internationally-known Spanish designers such as Patricia Urquiola and Jaime Hayón. Meanwhile, the first floor shows the most iconic works of Spanish culture, which have served as the inspiration for today's industrial and graphic design.

The exhibition is particularly noteworthy because France is the world's top buyer of Spanish furnishing and interior design products. Spain's furniture exports to France in 2012 brought in €366 million, with 27% of Spanish furniture exports going to this country. Meanwhile, Spanish lighting exports to France exceeded €75 million in 2012, with the French market accounting for 16% of Spain's total product sales from this sector