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10 cult creations by Jean Nouvel

10 cult creations by Jean Nouvel

An architect of international renown, the Frenchman Jean Nouvel has never ceased to lead ever more ambitious projects than the others, and this since the beginning of his career in 1967, while he was still assistant to Claude Parent and Paul Virilio. In France, of course, with the Philharmonie, the Institut du Monde Arabe or the Palais de Justice in Nantes, but also around the world, in Qatar, the United States, Spain, Australia and Belgium. Far from being confined to the only design of buildings, the creator also brilliantly thinks about furniture design. Hotels, museums, public buildings, sofas or tableware, people stop at nothing. It is surely this fierce will, coupled with an extraordinary talent, which led him to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2008, in addition to the thirty prizes and distinctions he has to his credit. Focus in pictures on ten cult creations by Jean Nouvel.

The Quai Branly Museum


Jean-Pierre Dalbéra The Quai Branly museum in Paris is also the work of Jean Nouvel. A place steeped in history, this museum "where cultures interact" was inaugurated in 2006. It seems both hidden by the greenery and open to the city. A stone's throw from the Seine, it is a meeting place between culture and nature. The materials are worked there (wood, glass and of course the vegetation, with the presence of an impressive plant wall when the colors are intended to the image of the nuances that we find in African art. The forms become random, colorful and asymmetrical volumes stand out from the facade and the posts are designed like totems.

The Philharmonie de Paris


W. Beaucardet Inaugurated in 2015, the Philharmonie de Paris is one of Jean Nouvel's last remarkable works. Futuristic, mineral, imposing, it amazes as much as it questions. The facade, made of cast aluminum plates, invites reflections (from the park, the city and the ring road, from the sun) to dance on it. We like to think of it as the expression of tranquility and delicate rhythm in the tumult of the city.

Tea and Coffee Tower


Alessi Jean Nouvel, if he is an internationally recognized architect, is nonetheless a designer. This coffee and tea service, entirely made of stainless steel, follows the design created for Alessi in 2003, during the "Tea & Coffee Towers" operation which invited 22 architects to confront industrial design. Composed of a tray, a sugar bowl, a creamer, a milk jug, a mug and mocha cups, the line has been produced by Alessi since 2005.

Doha tower


Jean Nouvel Workshops It is in Doha, Qatar, that we observe one of Jean Nouvel's most intriguing creations. With its warhead shape, this tower measures 45 meters in diameter. The facade is, like at the IMA, covered with siding evoking the moucharabiehs and acting as a sunshade to control the light. The intention is powerful and the building is a new landmark in the city.

Tower 53W53


Jean Nouvel Workshops In Manhattan, it is through a glass tower that one can observe the work of Jean Nouvel. Sinuous, both imposing and discreet, the 53W53 tower was created to withstand the winds and bring light into the city. A reassuring kind of envelope, it offers residents an exceptional panoramic view.

The Skin sofa


Moltoni & C Edited by Moltoni & C, the Skin sofa takes its uniqueness from its innovative structure, made of pretended tubular aluminum on which the seat is made of a single piece of perforated leather. Between product design and sculpture, the Skin sofa received the "Best of the Best Red Dot Design Award" in 2008.

Simplissimo seats


Ligne Roset As its name suggests, the Simplissimo line (which comes in a bench, chair, ottoman and bench) was created in 2011 in a minimalist spirit. Both simple and precise shapes, unadorned but well made materials. We like, to paraphrase Jean Nouvel himself, "this false banality that makes objects moving". The range is edited by Ligne Roset.

The Saint James chair


Ligne Roset Culte, both drawn and funny, the Saint James chair stands out in the architectural landscape of Jean Nouvel. And for good reason, it was originally designed for a luxury restaurant. Its seat and armrests are an invitation to comfort and relaxation. We like its rounded shapes and its fine structure which make this object a singular creation. It was imagined in 2011 and is published by Ligne Roset.

The Cartier Foundation


Jean Nouvel Workshops The Cartier Foundation, inaugurated in 1994, is emblematic of Jean Nouvel's work in his approach to light. Here, the building wants to be almost invisible. The facade, made of glass and finely woven steel, deliberately blurs the interior / exterior borders. The park and the trees are then as important as the architectural work, resolutely poetic, which inscribes nature as an integral part of the city.