Formes Utiles – French Organisation and Exhibitions

Formes Utiles Exposition Poster
Formes Utiles Exposition Poster

Formes Utiles is a French Organisation and Exhibitions located in Paris.

In 1949, Formes Utiles became an independent association of UAM (Union des Artistes Modernes) through the influence of René Herbst and Charlotte Perriand and its first exhibition held at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Its theoretician was architect André Hermant. It opened its exhibitions to foreigners; from 1951, held exhibitions organized by Salon des Ménagers to present furniture, furnishings, and equipment designed for mass production; organized exhibitions based on subjects including sanitation in 1951; sanitary seating in 1952; portable and small lighting fixtures and drinking glasses in 1953; rattan chairs, cutlery, and doorknobs in 1954; casseroles, children’s furniture, and the first exhibition of plastic furniture in 1956; and table settings, tableware, and table cloths. Painters and sculptors were invited to all exhibitions; Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró, and Alexander Calder were among those who participated.

Sources

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