In the framework of its mission to promote and valorize French creation, every year VIA awards one or several ‘Carte Blanche’ grants to designers whose originality and maturity of creative approach are outstanding for the period. A committee attributes this research grant to the selected designer to enable him/her to develop a personal project of a prospective character, which may involve improved functional logic or the use of new materials or technologies.

The Faltazi were selected for this award by a commission of professionals active in all the branches of the furnishing industry, who met in February 2008 and December 2009. Its members are: Michel Bouisson (VIA, head of creation assistance grants & relations with design schools), Jean-Louis Fréchin (Nodesign, designer & teacher at ENSCI-Les Ateliers), Yves Gradelet (VIA, head of exhibitions), Gérard Laizé (VIA, chief executive), Fiona Meadows (Cité de l’Architecture, architect & researcher), Franc’ Pairon (IFM, directress of postgraduate studies in fashion design), Claire Peillot (ESAD Rheims, directress), Catherine Pierre (AMC Le Moniteur architecture, journalist), Nicolas Roche (Roche&Bobois;, director of furniture ranges).
Exhibition VIA until March 7th 2010
33,bd Daumesnil Paris 12e

2010 ‘carte blanche’ grant

Victor Massip / Laurent Lebot
Assisted by Céline Bécu, Arthur Senant et Danielle Wielezynski


Looking for a new take on an old classic? Here’s someone whose work you might consider for your next refurbishment project.

Mike Perry works in Brooklyn, NY. Making books, magazines, newspapers, clothing, drawings, paintings, illustrations and teaching whenever possible.

Here he has reinterpreted the classic lines of the Eames Eiffel and Rocker Arm Chair (produced by Herman Miller) with his original and snappy style. Drawn to order, Perry draws on the chairs by hand using indelible ink and signs each one.

His artwork can also be seen on the VIPP trash can, a design classic since 1939, the VIPP is hand-assembled in Denmark.

I rather like the quirky nature of Mike’s designs although as a lover of the classics, I might just have to keep a second set in their original clothes!

A new concept in the furniture and design industry…

A new concept is coming to the north shore; a 4 star green Furniture and Design Centre – the first of its kind in Australia.

The centre, known as Home HQ is located in Artarmon and is one of a kind. It is situated in a heritage listed building with a 4 star Green stamp.

Bromley and Tate Interiors will be moving into the new centre, due to open on March 24th 2010. Bromley and Tate will have a one stop design studio within the furniture showroom of barbara’s AT HOME (formerly located in Crows Nest). Also, showcasing for the first time, the design studio will have within its confines, a working kitchen, which will be home to many celebrity chefs from all over New South Wales, if only for a short time, to show off their many skills and at the same time showing clients how to design the perfect kitchen.

Barbara Bromley from Bromley & Tate Interiors

“The 434 squares of floor space will be designed to showcase the latest designs in lounges, dining tables, bedroom furniture, office furniture, new fabrics and brand new colours whilst taking on board the 4-star green approach of the Centre. The showroom will be mixing a new classical look with contemporary chic. The design of the showroom will exude a definite “wow factor” and offer thousands of design ideas.” Said owner and interior designer, Barbara Bromley.

The building accommodates 29 tenants and has parking for 503 cars over three levels. According to architects, Rice Daubney the new centre will provide an addition to the existing building which unapologetically asserts itself as new.

“The existing building is ‘clasped’ by the ‘arms’ of the new addition allowing the bulk of the existing building to be read and appreciated as not just a façade but as a three dimensional object,” the architects said.

“The contrast between the new and the old elevates the status of the existing building to an iconic object and therefore re-establishes its position in the contemporary world.”

Home HQ North Shore has been awarded a 4 star Green Star – Retail Centre V1 Certified Rating, which represents ‘Best Practice’ in environmentally sustainable design. It is the first 4 star Green Star Rated Bulky Goods Centre in Australia; a significant achievement given the heritage listed nature of the building.

A high standard of energy efficiency for the building is achieved through green features including extensive rainwater capture and re-use; energy efficient plant and machinery; the use of building materials that reduce the need for artificial heating and cooling by up to 60%; and the adaptive reuse of a heritage listed warehouse.

The building and site has heritage significance as one of the few surviving buildings associated with the development of the industrial precinct of Artarmon.
Its early use provided the location of a metal fabricating firm, Federated British Engineers which were involved with the Australian Government in the manufacturing of components of Navy Destroyer Ships.

More recent use has been the Willoughby City Council Works Depot Site. The Western Façade is a combination of retained brick wall and precast concrete with the original intent and look retained.

The structure is a combination of existing and new steel frame with concrete PT slabs. The existing roof which consists of existing structural steel in a saw tooth arrangement and steel gantry’s crane have been retained for heritage purposes.

This is a very exciting move towards a sustainable future in the furniture and design sector.


Designed by Kenneth Cobonpue, the Bloom chair is handmade in microfibre stitched over a resin top. Inspiration for the design comes from the graceful blossom of a flower, which is sculpted by hundreds of fine running stitches radiating from the center of the seat creating a subtle textural feel. Invisible supports form shapes reminiscent of soft and graceful musical tones.

Bloom sits atop a steel base that provides a counterpoint to its playful organic form.


Shazlong Mickey is a new sofa bed from the latest collection by Ben Simhon, inspired by the world of sports, mostly protective sportswear such as pads used in hockey.

Arik Ben Simhon is an Israeli designer who has become renowned for his bold designs which bear reference to fashion and contemporary culture. He founded his own design studio in 1993, in Tel Aviv.

It looks comfortable enough to sleep on and is sure to inspire the most ardent couch potato! Great for lazing around after the game too.

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