One of the major concerns for Jean Nouvel is light and how it metamorphoses to create new experiences.The Paralum ceiling system with integrated light is one of the clearest design to show this interest: spread the light and reflects the colours in motion of what happen on the floor. This system will be featured in the Louvre Museum of Abu Dhabiand now it will be exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.Also will be exhibited theFlying Surface canvas light; the lighting object Compac (which projects ambient light and moving shadows);and the Araña luminaire which plays freely in space. All of them have been produced for Troll, an architectural illumination brand that pertains to Luxiona Group, which has been developing side by side with Jean Nouvel. These and other products, since their initial creation in 1929, have become a global benchmark of illumination, with clients in over 90 countries. These luminaires from Troll are striving,with steady stride, to become future icons of contemporary design, whilst historically, the company maintains the patent for what, in 1961, was the First electrified rail. Borne out of inspiration invoked by the Trolleybus system of the epoch, the brand duly received the name Troll. An invention that has revolutionised the illumination sector and the way in which it is conceived in key areas such as retail.Other brands that will feature in the “Jean Nouvel, Mes meubles d’architecte”exhibition include Bolon, UniFor, Molteni&C, Poltrona Frau and Kvadrat, alongside designs that find themselves among artworks from the Gagosian gallery.
The designs of Jean Nouvel, created for Troll at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris
From 27 October until 12 February 2017, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris will be hosting an exhibition of furniture and objects designed
by the French architect Jean Nouvel.
Among them, it will find the architectural luminaires that Nouvel, the author of emblematic buildings like Cartier
Foundation or the Institute of the Arab World, has created for Troll (LuxionaGroup) over these last years.
Much in the same way as other important figures of modern architecture, such as Mies van der Rohe or Le Corbusier, Jean Nouvel has been designing furniture for a long period –thirty years-, with the philosophy of prioritising the essential over the conceptual.
His pieces are functional, meticulous and embedded in the culture of his time, illustrating his understanding and experience as a contextual architect.