MOBI BOOM. L'EXPLOSION DU DESIGN EN FRANCE, 1945-1975
Edited by Dominique Forest. Texts by Laurence Bartoletti, Marianne Brabant, Daniel Bernard, Maximilien Durand, Patrick Favardin, Dominique Forest, Christophe Gazel, Karine Lacquemant, Véronique de La Hougue, Gérard Monnier, Pascal Ory, Jacques Rouaud, Constance Rubini.
The demographic, economic and cultural prosperity that marked the 30-year post-war boom was accompanied by considerable social changes. From 1945 to 1975, French society went from reconstruction to widespread access to consumption and leisure. Technical innovations and the development of the industry support an optimism based on the search for well-being, which is particularly evident in homes and furniture.
The post-war furniture, functional, adapted to small surfaces, likely to be produced in series, obeys from the mid-1960s to a hedonistic vision, even impertinent, which devotes the reign of fluid and flexible lines, plays on color or transparency, and is embodied in multifunctional and modular furniture. Pierre Guariche, Marcel Gascoin, Marc Held, Joseph-André Motte, Olivier Mourgue, Pierre Paulin, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Alain Richard or Roger Tallon are the main actors. This book explains how, by democratizing, modern furniture has entered French interiors.
Its broad approach - cultural, aesthetic, technical, economic history - makes it an essential book to understand the issues. It also contains a biographical dictionary of over one hundred creators and publishers, as well as a DVD featuring sixteen interviews with creators, publishers and furniture distributors from this pivotal era.