The dreamlike and other-worldly feel of acclaimed
French designer/architect Jean-Marie Massaud's
organic forms exemplify the new century of design.
Massaud's work appeals to a state of being, rather
than a way of living, as metaphysics dominate over
mathematical solutions, creating nature-inspired
objects imbued with utopian idealism.
'Chaos to meaning' charts the 17 year career of the
designer to date. The exhibition offers a chance to
compare earlier projects to latest products, illustrating
the dramatic shift in Massaud's style towards design
that posits a manifesto for a radical change in how we
live: to be rather than to have. This came about at the
beginning of the century and has proved to be a winning
formula, as commissions from B&B Italia,
Poltrona Frau and Axor attests. However, his biggest
coup must be the Volcano Stadium, due to open in
Mexico this year. The commission, for which architectural
luminary Jean Nouvel was originally slated, has
set Massaud on track as a potential vanguard of 21st
century design.

Espace Via
Jean-Marie Massaud – Monograph Exhibition
Through to April 8, 2007
29-35 Avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris
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