Constance Guisset, a fairy in her cosmos

Winner of the public’s prize at the Design Parade in Hyères, in the Var, in 2008, Constance Guisset is, in 2021, the guest of honor. The designer – who in just thirteen years of career has made her mark – invites the public to her exhibition “Objectif Villa! ” (tel Objective moon in The Adventures of Tintin) has a “Immediate take-off” after long months of confinement. She transformed four rooms of the Villa Noailles (signed by Mallet-Stevens in 1923-1925) into as many rooms of a space station, the “Guisset Space Station”, between dreamlike travel, philosophy and design.

“Today, the astronaut Thomas Pesquet changes live, on Instagram, the solar panels of his international station and we are made to hear the wind on Mars which looks a bit like the sound of the sea, explains Constance Guisset, a young over-qualified woman (ESSEC in 1999, Sciences Politiques Paris in 2001, ENSCI in 2007). We can ask ourselves: should we explore the cosmos or our planet? The latter, which we have not finished understanding, is full of poetry. »

In the place called

In the former squash of the Villa, the ashy ground and the milky furniture, overhung by a vast black space in which float ghostly bodies, immediately plunge the visitor into the assault of an imaginary cosmos. And while the designer, in a Klein blue long dress and neon yellow scarf around the neck, here urges you to “To draw from his inner suns”, it offers in the adjacent swimming pool a universe flooded with a “ sun of optimism “. The furniture, the glittery carpet, the mural that she herself painted, display the colorful hues that the student she was, for several months in India, did not hesitate to use with relish.

Between the two rooms, one can observe through a sort of machicolation a workshop office filled with models, paper wheels and other 3D volumes, devoid of color. At the same time, the suggestion of an extraterrestrial experimentation laboratory and the summary of a design approach. “Forms prevail, with me, over color. They are also very often in motion, hence this fan which transforms some of them into mobiles ”, specifies Constance Guisset.

Movie set style

“Objectif Villa” is a spectral exhibition and spectacle, for various audiences and reading levels, from design enthusiasts to children who are fascinated by the sun-shaped weather vane planted on the roof of Villa Noailles. “Show exhibition? For some it’s a bad word, she comments, UFO among industrial designers. For me, the aesthetic shock is essential: it is a moment that transforms you. And we have the right to be light, mischievous and accessible so that the spectators uh … I mean visitors have fun ”, adds the one who began by creating the sets for four of the live shows of choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, including his solo the Tightrope walker by Jean Genet, from 2009. “With him, I experimented with this all-white decor on which we projected colors. And I understood the importance of light on the vision we have of objects. “

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