Penser le Présent avec Matali Crasset et Stéphanie Marin

Wednesday 26 January 2022

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Amphithéâtre d'Honneur

14 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris


Exhibition design, design exhibition

Matali Crasset is an internationally renowned French designer.

Since her training at the Ateliers-ENSCI in the 1990s, she has defended a design at the crossroads of artistic, anthropological and social practice.

She works for a design of creation, of the living and the everyday: how can design contribute to living together and accompany us in the contemporary world? It is from this simple yet committed premise that she thinks and works "in motion".

For 30 years, she has been inventing her own unique path, nourished by the hundreds of projects she has carried out in architecture as well as in scenography, in the design of objects, furniture, public spaces and fittings.

Her work is exhibited in cultural institutions in France and abroad and is included in major museum design collections, from the Moma in New York to the Centre Pompidou...

His design without borders or territory is the expression of a deep conviction, that of the creative process considered as a human, social and ecological project - because the finality of projects does not rest on their sole and unique realization, but on the process itself and the capacity to produce links, to create a system of exchange and reciprocity between individuals and with the natural environment. This is how any project becomes a common work.


For more than 15 years, Stéphanie Marin has been conceiving, developing and distributing design projects in the fields of furniture, scenography and space planning all over the world.

One of Stéphanie Marin's singularities is her transversal approach: the studio integrates the functions of design, manufacturing and distribution.

The creative process is as much about the aesthetics of the creations as it is about the search for healthy materials and the right scale of production.

She explores different fields of creation linked to use, starting with tool-objects and system-furniture. The latter allow the construction of spaces of collective invention and propose situations of inclusive interactions, creating a common experience. They also invite to reconsider the mechanisms of gesture and to propose new therapeutic automatisms.

All of his objects and devices are designed and manufactured in France, for the most part in the workshop.

Integrating in its team complementary know-how, the studio collaborates with architects, artists, craftsmen, personalities who broaden its practice.

Today, its projects are distributed in more than 150 countries around the world, always in the spirit of a functional, healthy and aesthetic research, inseparable from its choices of production, image and distribution.


Emanuele Quinz is a design historian, lecturer at Paris 8 and teacher-researcher associated with the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, as part of the "Reflective Interaction" research program.


Penser le Présent is produced with the support of Société Générale.




Photo credits: Julien Jouanjus / rights reserved