The project "Design Capsules" is unveiled in several stages, which constitute creative and experimental times:  

  • From 16 to 25 May 2014, the exhibition of the prefiguration of the project "capsules du design" and the first selections of design pieces from five major French public collections is presented at the Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design, during Designer’s Days.
  • In autumn 2014, the mock-ups of the future capsules will be presented to the public.
  • In early 2015, the first «design capsules» will be ready to host design exhibitions and circulate.

What is a design capsule?

Its purpose: to be a common and innovative tool for disseminating public design collections - to all audiences and in everyday places - and a carte blanche for designers and different design actors, both public and private.

His drawing: the final shape of the capsules will be known in autumn 2014 but they will be resolutely simple, modular, attractive and mobile.

Its design: daring experimentation and making designers work at all stages of the project. Frédéric Beuvry, member of the College of Designers, who accompanies the National Design Mission participates in the design and steering of the project.

Normal Studio and graphic designer Julie Linotte are responsible for designing the shape and visual identity of the capsules.

Finally, each institution invites a designer to become the curator of "his" capsule, to tell his vision of design from his collection.

For the project presented at the Docks - Cité de la mode et du design, work together: the Centre Pompidou and François Azambourg, the Centre national des arts plastiques and Constance Guisset, the Mobilier national and Christian Ghion, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Benjamin Graindorge and the Cité de la Céramique- Sèvres & Limoges with Adrien Rovero.

Enhancing public design collections

France has very rich public design collections. These collections are held at the Centre national des arts plastiques (6,500 pieces at the Fonds national d'art contemporain), the Centre Pompidou (3,600 pieces), the Musée des Arts décoratifs (6,000 pieces), the Mobilier national, the Cité de la Céramique- Sèvres & Limoges, in the Fonds régionaux d'art contemporain, in art centres, in art and design schools, in territorial museums (the Musée d'Art moderne in Saint-Étienne in the first place).

Large private collections have also been created by individuals or companies. Regular exhibitions and events make it possible to show the public part of these collections, but the modes of dissemination are essentially limited in time and space and do not allow to reach the whole population.

An action in line with the National Design Policy

Arnaud Montebourg, Minister of Economy, Productive Recovery and Digital, and Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication, received, during the second Meeting of the design, October 15, 2013, the Memory for a National Design Policy that they had jointly ordered from Alain Cadix. Surrounded by a college of designers, Alain Cadix proposed actions for a real «design culture» to be established in France by 2025.

Within this framework, Aurélie Filippetti has initiated the development of projects in favour of design that fall within the ministerial priority of arts and cultural education, but also in his desire to strengthen higher education, recognition of trades and professions, public ordering and dissemination of public collections. It is around this last question that the project "design capsules" was created.