Style buffs, gird your loins:No Taste for Bad Taste will be open to the public from October 5th through December 12th at the National Museum of Decorative Art (MNAD). Here you’ll have the chance to see 40 of the most iconic pieces from designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Philippe Starck.
Located in the former Palacio Errázuriz, an exemplary model of neoclassical composition, the MNAD is the perfect place to showcase some of the most á la mode French design.
For those who cannot afford to buy furniture for US $6,000 a piece (I know I sure as hell can’t) fear not. At this exhibition you’ll be able to get a taste of what it’s like to sit on an armchair designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois or a Borghese Sofa by Noé Duchaufour Lawrance for La Chance.
Fake it ’til you make it, right?
More impressively, Buenos Aires is the first Spanish-speaking country to receive the global exhibition by VIA (Valorization of Innovation in Furniture Design) and the French Institute, who present the creativity of design and promote the French industry all over the world.
The exhibition itself combines 40 of the most iconic pieces of home design and French lifestyle, acting as a visual representation of the spirit and identity of the country.
The weird and wonderful objects in No Taste for Bad Taste range from items such as headphones, egg cups and lamps, to furniture and works of art. The exhibit itself has been carefully curated by legendary designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, creating a perfectly poetic scene of French design. I can smell the croissants already.
The carefree elegance of the arte de vivre (lifestyle) in this exhibition was made possible by the numerous designers, philosophers, manufacturers, artists, journalists, gallery owners, and photographers, including the so-called lady of design, Marva Griffin, and the architect Christian Liaigre, who took part in the selection process of this showcase.
Additionally, enjoy Buenos Aires talks by some of the most prominent figures in the designer world, among them, Argentine architect Julio Oropel, president of Decoradores Argentinos Asociados (DarA). For those hoping to get a glimpse of the architect celebrity, he’ll be making his appearance at the exhibition October 10th at 6 PM.
The CEO of VIA, Jean-Paul Bath has added: “It reveals the DNA of French design with 40 masterpieces, illustrates how they are infinitely inspired by their ten traditional values, with each piece offering a vision of lifestyle art in France, is the ambition of VIA for this harmonious, generous and poetic exhibition.”
For others, this exhibit bridges the gap between the professionalism of the manufacturers and the imagination of the designers, using the collaboration between the French furniture industry and the creative sector.
The exhibition officially opened April 5th, 2017 in Milan, but will be traveling the globe until 2020. This is in commemoration of 40 years of French support of the design sector, which has provided over 130,000 jobs in the country.
The furniture in this exhibition will probably see more countries than you and I put together. No Taste for Bad Taste has already been showcased in Venice, Montreal, Miami, Los Angeles, and New York. After passing through Argentina, it will continue on to Singapore.
For the true embodiment of class and cultivated beauty, do not miss No Taste for Bad Taste because we all know the French are the masters of style. A bientôt!
Open Tuesday to Sunday 2 PM to 7PM | Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo – Av. del Libertador 1902 | More info