Exhibition / Interware, design transversal
Curators / Maurizio Galante / Tal Lancman_
from Friday 15 October 2010 to Monday 14 march 2011

An event with Maurizio Galante was organised at the Saint-Étienne Musée d’Art et d’Industrie in 2006, which initiated a strong relation between the institution and the man. Four years later, the thread of this relation is followed, in the first made-to-measure exhibition of fashion designer Maurizio Galante, and trend creator Tal Lancman, both associated designers within their agency, Interware.
The Saint-Étienne Musée d’Art et d’Industrie gives them carte blanche, and presents an exceptional exhibition on their original view of transversal design.

Daily objects are within reach. Standardisation and consumer society guarantee a constant access to anything you need or want. Because of the overabundance of supply, we sometimes forget that all objects have a history. This is what Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman are into. INTERWARE works like a workshop where all elements are constantly facing and responding to one another. Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman play with fashion, furniture, ornaments, home design, etc. Their perspective is always deontological and respectful of products, craftsmanship, and users.
Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman are design storytellers. In this exhibition, they made gorgeous storytelling installations.
From design to manufacturing, the displayed works show their relations with Baccarat, Boffi, Cerruti Baleri, Craft, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Ithemba, Luxembourg Modern Art Museum, Mussi, etc. Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman mix the past and the future to the present, as contemporary memory makers. They reveal the origins of their creations, from the design step to finished products used by consumers.

The exhibition highlights the close relationship between art and industry, and questions the creative process. It is made of two strong and sensible atmospheres. The installations in the first and last room, designed on the spot, focus on the visitors’ sensations. The rooms are presented as bubbles, or settings, to show both monumental installations and delicate, precious projects. They work as transition rooms, a way in and a way out of their world. In the main room, with windows wide open on the city, a line is drawn by a catwalk showing a precise selection of clothes and furniture, where singular elements are mixed with series of objects, echoing one another. On the parallel walls, many drawings, illustrations, videos, extracts of interviews, and pictures show the production process, as a diary of creation.
Soyuz Chair,
Nelly Ben Hayoum

Crédits: Nick Ballon