Vilac Wooden Toys 100 years

Went back to the Musee des Arts Decoratifs today.  I loved their Mobi Boom exhibit on French furniture design, so I felt like I needed to go see their wooden toy exhibit.  It was in celebration of Vilac‘s 100th anniversary and I found it truly inspirational.


They had all sorts of toys from the past century of toy making, as well as a few videos showing how the toys are produced. It’s an amazing process, and they start with raw logs (I had assumed they would buy milled lumber…).  I found it particularly interesting how after machines turn several of the logs into spheres, they are all thrown into a cement mixing drum on their own.  They tumble together and smooth each other out so they come out shiny without any sanding or polishing whatsoever!

The exhibit is on till May 8th, 2011 so go check it out if you are in Paris.


Mobi Boom – Modern French Furniture

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.