Design Parade Hyères: a 13th edition around responsible design


When you visit Villa Noailles and discover its modern and innovative architecture, you may be surprised to find in the basement, a more classical architecture consisting of three vaulted rooms arranged in a row. These rooms belonged to the former convent of the Clos Saint-Bernard that existed when the house was built and the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens decided to integrate them into his villa project. If at the time of the Noailles these rooms formed their reception room, they are today dedicated to temporary exhibitions and festivals which take place all year round in this art center. Since the end of June and until September 30, 2018, they welcome the ten finalists of the Design Parade Hyères festival which celebrates its 13th year. A festival that aims to discover and promote young creators. A competition was held from June 29 to July 1, 2018, at the end of which several prizes were awarded. We could notice that this edition was placed under the sign of a sustainable design, where the designers questioned the ecology and the impact of human activities on our environment.

The Grand Prix Design Parade Hyères has a one-year research stay in Sèvres-Cité de la Céramique, a one-year research stay at the Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques de Marseille (CIRVA) for the creation of a vase in triplicate, a solo exhibition at theVilla Noailles during the 14th edition of Design Parade Hyères, a workshop offered by Vitra at Domaine de Boisbuchet, a book offered by Phaidon and participation in the competition as a member of the jury for the 2019 edition of Design Parade Hyères. Then, the Sammode Prize, new this year, is endowed with a research and creation grant around light amounting to 5000 euros, as well as technical support from Sammode teams, a project presented at Design Parade 2019. The Eyes on Talents x Frame Special Mention rewards the design excellence and innovation of the winner’s project and will benefit from communication with member brands and the Eyes on Talents community and in Frame magazine. Finally, the Public Prize of the City of Hyères rewards the choice of visitors.

Grand Prix du Jury 2018: Sara de Campos, Uva. This industrial design is dedicated to facilitating the grape harvest, respecting the ergonomics of the workers as well as the good conservation of the bunches.

Special Jury Mention: Alex Sizemore & Hank Beyer, For the Rest of Us;

A more experimental design proposal where aesthetics is worked on some everyday objects like the computer. They imagine that they can be made by craftsmen and with the land resources available locally.

Special Mention Eyes on Talents X Frame: Loïc Bard, Bone, the designer creates furniture with soft and sensual lines without any edges breaking the interaction between the object and the user. The forms are an evocation of the human body.

Prix du Public : Camille Viallet & Théo Leclercq, La Cité, The French designers duo have worked on how designers can intervene in public spaces. The most symbolic object is the bench, which they rework in a plastic way by offering various possibilities leading to grouping, meeting and discussion.

Anaïs Borie, L’épopée de Prométhée . She uses the myth of Prometheus as a metaphor for the relationship of the human being to science by merging elements from Greek statuary with modern and technical objects.


Marie Cornil, Le Jaspé, Tapestry. The designer uses jaspé, a traditional craft of the Apt faience makers in the Vaucluse, and tapestry to create resolutely modern objects in their colours and moving shapes.

Alexandre Willaume, The Station . The designer conceives a modular, adaptable and unique space completely stripped to keep only the purely functional structure of things.


Pablo Bras, Available Networks. Rustic materials and contemporary technologies are combined to intelligently democratize energies and facilitate their use.

Tom Chung, Piton . The climbing piton is diverted from its original function to become a plural, simple, ergonomic and recyclable object.

Julien Manaira, (The Once Liquid Plastic) works the liquid epoxy resin which he manipulates and pours layers after layers in order to manufacture the desired objects. Furniture designed manually without the help of moulds.

Other visible exhibitions:

Philippe Malouin, president of the jury, 10 Years, exhibition on the 10 years of creation of his London studio.

Carolien Niebling, Grand Prix Design Parade 2017, residencies at CIRVA and the Manufacture de Sèvres, La Beauté des Plantes Aquatiques

Arthur Hoffner, Public Design Award Parade 2017, Le Cours de l’Eau

François Passolunghi, Regional know-how: Rattan marrow furniture

Picasso / Noailles: Trajectories. Article here

Hotel La Reine Jane, 14 Rooms, 14 designers, the exceptional order of a hotel of the port of l’Ayguade in Hyères.

Xénia Laffely, I’m not the person you think Iam, but I don’t know who I am.

And always the shop directed by Vincent Darré and Matthieu Cossé

Until September 30, 2018

Design Parade Hyères

Villa Noailles

Ascent of Noailles

83400 Hyères

Open Wednesday to Monday from 14h to 19h, Friday from 15h to 21h

Closed on Tuesdays and public holidays.

Free admission

More information here

Marlène Pegliasco

Graduate of a Master in Art History and living in Toulon, I created the blog Art In Var ( to share with my readers, the rich artistic news of this beautiful department. This passion...

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