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.
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Milan Triennial XII (1960) – School and Home
On May 5th, 1959, the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) authorised the Milan Triennial XII. The Palazzo dell’Arte served as its location, and it lasted from July 16th to November 4th, 1960. School and Home was the theme.
Pavilion de l’Esprit Nouveau (1925) Looking into the Future
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XII Triennale 1960 – Home and School
It is referred to as the world’s most important cultural exhibit. The 1960 Triennale was the 12th to be held since 1930, and was created around the themes, “Home and School.” It was held during the middle to the “Cold War, and nations from both sides of the ‘Iron Curtain’ were exhibiting by invitation.
Benno Premsela (1920 – 1997) Dutch textile and exhibition designer
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Salon d’Automne exhibitions Paris, France
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Milan Triennial X – 1954 – Prefabrication Industrial Design
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‘Exposition Universelle’ Paris 1900
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Javier Mariscal (b.1950) Spanish designer and Graphic Artist
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Festival of Britain 1951 – Post War Morale Builder
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American Designers’ Gallery (1928) Design Group -Decorative Arts
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 – 1969) German architect and designer
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A Century of Progress International Exposition – Chicago 1933 – 1934
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The Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne 1937
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Henry Cole (1808 – 1882) British design education leader
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Black Mountain College art exhibit
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The NY Public Library’s Collection of Weird Objects
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