Quercus Suber

Quercus Suber - © Villa Noailles Hyères
**The Cork Days of Var**

This will be the 6th edition of this flagship event: exhibitions, woodturning demonstrations, and the Quercus Suber competition awards on the agenda.

Les journées du liège du Var

The Cork Days of Var is an annual event showcasing the creations of the Quercus Suber Art and Design Competition, promoting the cork oak of our region… It started with a realization: 100 years ago, we harvested 10,000 tons of cork per year, with 150 companies and 2,000 employees. Currently, the harvest is only 200 tons, with a single company and around 5 employees in the cork sector. Action was needed to save a part of our history, hence the partnership between the villa Noailles and Modèle Forêt de Provence. Daniel Bombert, a jury member, sums up the competition as follows: “In my opinion, design is beauty within the constraints of function, while woodturning is beauty within the constraints of woodworking.” This event is organized by the Model Forest of Provence, recognized as being of public interest and created at the initiative of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Villa Noailles, a national art center, and the woodturning school Escoulen, with the support of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, the Var department, and numerous associative and private partners.

In 2024, the event will take place on SATURDAY, MAY 4, AND SUNDAY, MAY 5. The villa Noailles, designed by architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, is labeled as a “national art center,” the only art center in France that builds its program around architecture, fashion, and photography (International Festival of Fashion and Photography), and design (Design Parade in Hyères and Toulon), supporting and showcasing young creators every year.

The QUERCUS SUBER Competition

The QUERCUS SUBER Competition is open to students and professionals, highlighting cork oak through two disciplines: WOODTURNING AND DESIGN. The pieces will be exhibited until May 12, and all pieces in the Design category will also be present at the largest annual event: the Design Parade Toulon/Hyères, at the Annexe Gallery. Accompanying this exhibition, the Model Forest of Provence will organize weekly “Cork Thursdays,” a series of concerts and lectures.

Full Program Saturday, May 4, from 1 pm to 6 pm and Sunday all day (10 am to 6 pm), at the villa Noailles:
• Exhibitions: the creations of the 2024 Quercus Suber Art and Design Competition, categories Design and Woodturning, on the theme this year of Natural Cork, without the addition of chemically derived materials (with the participation of Camondo School and Escoulen);
• Woodturning demonstrations by the ESCOULEN school;
• Watercolors on the Maures Forest by Axel Champloy;
• Exhibition of the photo report on cork oak forests by Jean-Baptiste Warluzel;
• Jury deliberation => Saturday, May 4, at 4 pm, awards ceremony for the Turning and Design categories followed by a reception (over €3000 in prizes awarded);
• Public Prize for Woodturning “Movements and Landscapes” and Public Prize for Design “Toyota Europe Design Development”: visitors can vote for their favorite piece. The selected participants will win €300;
• Free distribution of the Cork Gazette: 44 pages to learn everything about the news of the Var cork sector and a review of the achievements of designer Noé DUCHAUFOUR-LAWRANCE and his Made In Situ project, promoting cork oak. Note that alongside the Cork Days of Var, on the parvis of Villa Noailles, the 4th edition of the Peony Festival will also take place: peonies from Hyères and surrounding horticulturists as well as creative workshops.

Modèle Forêt de Provence and the villa Noailles: A Continuity of Partnership

Jean-Pierre BLANC, Director of Villa Noailles, and Magalie GUÉRIN, Deputy Director:
For the villa Noailles, which always advocates local anchoring and the promotion of creative and economic actors in the region, it is important to continue supporting and developing the Cork Days, which have been very successful with the public. It has become an essential event; in 2022, more than 1200 visitors in one weekend, and in 2023, 3000. the villa Noailles, known internationally for supporting young creators in the design sector, is pleased to provide this platform to promote a local resource. Our collaboration with local stakeholders, particularly the Model Forest of Provence, has brought forth very beautiful projects with accomplished designers. We can mention the Dutch ODD MATTER who designed the boutiques, Isabel MARANT, and furniture with European galleries, and recently Noé DUCHAUFOUR-LAWRANCE.

Partners

This event is supported by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, the Var Department, and the Toulon-Provence-Méditerranée Metropolis.
The event is also supported by private partners: Château Léoube; Toyota Europe Design Development; Club 55; Diam Bouchage; Falaize Bois Energie; Movements and Landscapes; Idex-Sylviana, biomass plant in Brignoles; Estandon Cooperative in Provence; Charlie Marrons; Greendays Agency; the Junqué Cork Establishments.

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