Arnaud Mercier retrospective

17 November 2012

One of the big names in the French design industry passed away last year, a big loss especially considering Arnaud Mercier was one of the youngest and most successful interaction designers from the hexagon.

While the agency Area 17’s created a dedicated  design timeline with some of his latest works Parisian gallery Since have decided just put together a dedicated retrospective of the artist: “This is definitely not a website“.

Arnaud - This is definitely not a website
Arnaud – This is definitely not a website

Known for his meticulous interactive design systems, it is little known that Arnaud was a developer with a degree in computer science. His belief was that in order to design, one must intrinsically understand and master the medium before it can truly be explored, reinvented and used as a means of expression.

Having worked with some of the most important brands on the planet Mercier became one of the most prolific designers over the past few years and really inspired many people with some of his latest website creations  like the cultural mag “Slash” or Ora-ïto’s website. “This is not a website” will try to act as a retrospective but also as an exploration of all those ideas that guided him throughout his life, and you’ll be able to visit it until December 7th. More info this way.

Ora-Ito website
Ora-Ito website
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FKDL – Matchbook Cover @ Since

20 June 2012

Quick reminder for our Parisian readers who love street art inside white spaces… Franck Duval (aka FKDL) will present his latest exhibition @ Upian gallery this Friday along with a new mural that he’ll finish before the weekend on the wall just in front of the gallery entrance, a tradition most street artists that exhibit @ Upian have followed for the past three years.

FKDL - Matchbookcover
FKDL – Matchbookcover

 Matchbook Cover is one of his usual nostalgic trips this time making use of the long-gone matchbook art. A support used as an inspiration and main material and that many decades ago was one of the most colorful advertising formats for many companies. FKDL

Femininity is honored once again in this very personal interpretation of the perfect matchbox vintage collage taken out of his personal collection and using some of the lucky women he encountered during the presentation of his previous (and still on-going) exhibition @ Bon Marché: Toiles de couture.

FKDL - one of his 2012 Parisian summer works
FKDL – one of his 2012 Parisian summer works

This Friday is the vernissage @ Rue Saint-Maur so if you’ve digested (and have slept enough) after tomorrow’s Music day, then we highly recommend it, more info this way.

 (one of FKDL exhibitions @ New Heart City last year)

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