Back to fill the design calendar’s mid-summer lull is Villa Noaille’s Design Parade – its eighth edition packed with exhibitions, talks and its hotly-anticipated contest of new design talent. The modernist villa in the south of France is best known to the fashion crowd for hosting the Hyères Festival, but this sister design event is worth following too.
10 young designers will compete for the prize before a jury boasting a few formidable names – including Laurent Le Bon (director of Centre Pompidou Metz), Rolf Hay (founder of HAY, Copenhagen) and designers Nipa Doshi, Leon Ransmeier and Max Lamb. This year’s participants – Sylvain Aebischer, Dimitri Bähler, Daniele Bortotto, Sarha Duquesne, Béatrice Durandard, Laureline Galliot, Stephanie Hornig, Claire Lavabre, Mathieu Peyroulet Ghilini and Mugi Yamamoto – will show recent projects that demonstrate their talent, each hoping to win a mix of residency and exhibition opportunities, as well as 5,000 euros.
The villa’s rooms and spaces are filled with other exhibitions and talking points too: including works by Bertjan Pot, Aldo Bakker, Marcel Breuer, Julien Renault and Julie Richoz, last year’s winner of Design Parade.
Design Parade is at Villa Noailles, Hyères from 5-7 July, and the exhibitions run until 29 September.