Jean-Pierre Blanc is both the founder and the director of the festival which is presided over by Pascale Mussard. Ten year after its older festival, launched in 2016, Design Parade Toulon follows the same goals as Design Parade Hyères, aims to share with the public and the professionals the contemporary creation in the field of design. As major point, the competition presents ten young designers every
year offering them a unique visibility and support. The festival is also a moment of sharing, encounters and discoveries.
Devoted to interior design, it is the first competition and festival of its kind in France. Henceforth, each summer, the villa Noailles organises Design Parade in two events: the first in Toulon, for interior design, and the second at Hyères, for design.
Design Parade will allow, over an extended weekend, for the fullest view of the decorative arts in contemporary design. The festival is also an opportunity to discover the heritage of these two neighbouring towns, which both offer an expression of the architectural and decorative wealth of the Var region.
Several prizes are awarded to the competing designers thanks to grants provided by the festival’s partners who commit, together with the festival, to provide long term support. Practical assistance is provided right from the selection stage as well as during a period of two years in various different domains: financing, production, craft, materials, production, legal, media, exhibitions, workshops and residencies.
In Toulon, this year two new awards are introduced along the historical partners already committed to the support of Young designers. The Prix Visual Merchandising awarded by CHANEL and the Mobilier National becomes partner with an eponymous special prize, Prix Mobilier National.
François Champsaur (Guest of honour, president of the jury), Collections Design du Centre Pompidou, Maison Goossens Métiers d’art de CHANEL, Kim Haddou et Florent Dufourcq, Grand Prix Design Parade Toulon Van Cleef & Arpels 2018 commandes du Théâtre Liberté et Châteauvallon et projets personnels, Antoine Chauvin, Grand Prix Design Parade Toulon Van Cleef & Arpels 2018 commande pour les Halles de Toulon et projets personnels, India Mahdavi x Bisazza, Matthieu Cossé x We Do Not Work Alone x Poterie Ravel, Maxime Mouroux & Manon Daviet. And the judges: François Champsaur, Armand Arnal, Franklin Azzi, Karen Chekerdjian, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Daphné Hézard, Ambre Jarno, Rodolphe Parente, Christophe Rihet, Kim Haddou & Florent Dufourcq, Antoine Chauvin
The grand Prix Design Parade Toulon Van Cleef & Arpels consists of:
– a grant of 5000 euros offered by Van Cleef & Arpels
– a personal exhibition in Toulon, during Design Parade 5, in summer 2020
– a possible grant of 5000 euros offered by Blackbody for a collaboration with Blackbody at one of the laureate customer
– the possibility to collaborate with the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco in the adaptations or the achievement of the project presented
For the 4th edition of Design Parade Toulon, the Mobilier National joins the villa Noailles for the creation of the Prix Mobilier National.
This prize offers to the winner the opportunity to develop a creative project with the ARC (Atelier de Recherche et de Création) of the institution. The prototype created with the Mobilier National will be exhibited the following year with an exhibition imagined by the winner.
Partner of 3 years, CHANEL reinforces its support to the international festival of interior architecture, Design Parade Toulon, and creates the Prix Visual Merchandising awarded by CHANEL. This prize will reward the best window project connected to the luxury world, designed by one of the ten finalist of Design Parade Toulon. The projects will be exhibited all summer in Toulon, at the évêché, where this 4th edition will take place (From June 27th to November 24th) The winner will receive a grant of 20.000€ for the achievement of a creation project to be exhibited the year after.
The recipient of the Eyes on Talents x Frame special Mention, acknowledged for his or her outstanding and innovative design project, will receive dedicated communication towards Eyes on Talents’ community including brands, publications and cultural institutions and in Frame magazine.