Yes, this was the actual exhibit poster, I kid you not… I love furniture design, it’s something I’d like to do one day, so when I saw an advertisement for Mobi Boom, French Furniture Design from 1945-1975, I could not turn it down. The exhibit was at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, which is right beside the Louvre. Personally, I’d rather go to this museum than the Louvre any day.
After the second world war, there were major reconstruction projects across the entire country, and not only did they need new houses, but new furniture. This caused a huge boom in French furniture design and the founding of many great names (Knoll and Roche Bobois to name a few…)
The exhibit focussed on the great array of furniture that was produced and some of the innovative techniques that were used (plywood moulding, foam injection, etc.) The displays were truly terrific, although somewhat disappointing in that you couldn’t sit on any of the items…
The exhibit continues till January 2nd, 2011, highly recommended, and afterwards, head up to the 7th floor for the permanent exhibits with more furniture design.