Industrial Design Masterpieces


An exhibition by Jean-Bernard Hebey, on the Art Élysées fair | Design section (Pavilion C)

Jean Bernard Hebey’s collection of Industrial Design is considered the most important and thorough. Gathered over 40 years, it is today acknowledged by worldwide specialists such as Paola Antonnelli (Moma, New York), Alexander Von Vegesack (Vitra), Béatrice Salmon (Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris), Olivier Kaepelin (Arts Dept, Culture and Communication Ministry, France) etc… Along with 2 500 books and magazines, hundreds of blueprints and patents as well as several adverts for objects; the collection has a museum-like quality with archives, pictures and database that is accessible online.

In 2002, Jean-Bernard Hebey published “Domestic Aesthetic”, a book of 350 pages which presents part of his collection. The book was sold in France, Italy and in the US. He also exhibited 500 objects in 2002 at the Design Biennale in Saint-Etienne as well as at the Galerie Forum diffusion in Paris, the Design Museum in Gent (Belgium) and the Musée des années 30.

With over 9000 objects from Europe and the US, Jean-Bernard Hebey has gathered the biggest private collection of industrial design. This extraordinary collection offers a wide range of objects from ski boots to fans to egg boxes. Far from luxury furniture, this stock is a unique resource that shows us the different shapes, colours and materials of industrial creation from the 1930s to present day.  

Through these objects that revolutionized our lifestyle, there’s a story to be told: that of consumer society.

For fourty years now these 9000 pieces gathered by Jean-Bernard Hebey, have been waiting for their Prince Charming to whisk them away to their own exhibition center. This is why the organizers of Art Élysées have chosen with Jean-Bernard Hebey to let visitors take a glimpse at this incredible collection, a unique moment to see some of the most important pieces of industrial design reunited in the same place. Often seen in books or catalogues, called references by experts and designated as icons of design of the second half of the 20th century. 

© photos Christophe Fillioux



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