AT Europe: Paris - Two Centuries of Design at the Grand Palais

AT Europe: Paris - Two Centuries of Design at the Grand Palais

Design contre Design is a sophisticated and sharply edited nonchronological exhibition that looks at two centuries of design. On until Monday, January 7 at the Grand Palais, the show examines the connections between objects and household furniture from the Industrial Revolution to the present -- juxtaposing pieces like a wooden sofa by Dannhauser (1825) with Frank Gehry's 1979 "bubble" chair. More photos after the jump.

With objects cunningly grouped to draw connections between periods and challenge our notion of what looks new, Design contre Design also includes showpieces including Jeroen Verhoeven's Cinderella desk and Robert Stadler's exploded sofa as well as monumental pieces from Zaha Hadid, the Van Lieshout studio, and Verner Panton. An inspiring walk through 200 years of thoughtful creation, it also features show-stealing objects like an exploded china chandelier and furniture intent on casting a beautiful shadow.

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com

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