Design Parade Hyères - 17th International Festival of Design

from 23 to 25 June 2023

The 17th edition of Design Parade Hyères will be held from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 June 2023.

Jean-Pierre Blanc is both the founder and the director of the festival which is presided over by Pascale Mussard.

Created in 2006, with as godmother Andrée Putman, the Design Parade Hyères festival aims to share with the public and the professionals the contemporary creation in the field of design. As major point, the competition presents ten young designers every year offering them a unique visibility and support. The festival is also a moment of sharing, encounters and discoveries.

Ten year after its older festival, launched in 2016, with as godfather Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Design Parade Toulon follows the same goals. Devoted to interior design, it is the first competition and festival of its kind in France.

In 2019, the Centre Pompidou signs a plurianual agreement with the Métropole Toulon Provence Méditerranée to show the national collections of design in Toulon and is joined in 2023 by the MAD, the CNAP and the Mobiler national…

Henceforth, each summer, the villa Noailles organises Design Parade in two events: the first in Toulon, for interior design, and the second at Hyères, for design. Design Parade will allow, over an extended weekend, for the fullest view of the decorative arts in contemporary design. The festival is also an opportunity to discover the heritage of these two neighbouring towns, which both offer an expression of the architectural and decorative wealth of the Métropole and Var region.

The jury
The finalists



Several prizes are awarded to the competing designers thanks to grants provided by the festival’s partners who commit, together with the festival, to provide long term support: the Manufacture de Sèvres, CIRVA in Marseille, Tectona for Hyères, Van Cleef & Arpels, CHANEL, le19M, Mobilier national and the Fondation Carmignac for Toulon. Practical assistance is provided right from the selection stage as well as during a period of two years in various different domains: financing, production, craft, materials, production, legal, media, exhibitions, workshops and residencies.


Born in 1974, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance is a multidisciplinary French designer whose projects demonstrate a particular attention to materials and details. His design language, inspired by natural organic forms, resonates with his original training in sculptor, from which he has retained an aptitude for dialogue between space and objects. His project, started when he was 25, the Sketch restaurant in London, is the first testament to this approach. He then designed for major houses such as Saint-Louis, Hermès, Ligne Roset, Ceccotti Collezioni, Zanotta, Mobilier National, Bernhardt design, and created spaces for Air France, Montblanc, Yves Saint-Laurent, and numerous restaurants… He also carried out private interior design projects and custom furniture.

His work has always thrived in collaboration with artisans and craftspeople and this tendency is all the more evident since his move to Portugal in 2017 to a closer contact with the natural environment and the ocean. In 2019, he created Made In Situ, a project that places meaning and context at the heart of his design practice. Opposed to overproduction, he relies on encounters with territories, their materials, their vernacular know-how, and the artisans who shape them.

Made In Situ draws on an ecosystem. It advocates design that is rooted in a given region, that engages with people and materials, savoir-faire and imagination. The furniture and design objects in the collections on display are contextualised and more in tune, more intuitive, and thus more in touch with their surroundings.
Made In Situ is committed to tangible design, working as closely as possible with materials, and drawing on the infinite range of techniques – both traditional and cutting-edge – that go into shaping them. As a result, each of the creations presented at the Villa Noailles carries a story, the story of a tradition that is often centuries old, confronted with today’s problematics and vulnerable to tomorrow’s challenges.

This is design that is socially and environmentally aware: Made In Situ strives to create works with a clear conscience.

Made In Situ currently comprises of five collections.
All are named after materials: Barro Negro, Burnt Cork, Azulejos, Bronze & Beeswax, Oak & Cork



The Grand Prix du Jury Design Parade Hyères consists of:

  • A one-year research residency at Sèvres – Manufacture et Musée nationaux.
  • A one-year research and production residency at the Cirva (International Glass and Visual Arts Research Centre) in Marseille, to create a vase. This vase will be produced in triplicate: one for the Cirva collection, one for the permanent collection at the villa Noailles and one for the designer.
  • The participation at the competition as jury member and a personal exhibition at the villa Noailles during Design Parade 18, in summer 2024.


As the leading maker of outdoor furniture, Tectona supports the Design Parade Hyères festival with the creation of the Tectona Design Parade Prize in 2023. Within the framework of this partnership, ten designer candidates will be invited to imagine a stackable dining chair on the theme “A break under the sun”. The only technical constraint: use metal or a natural rot-proof material. The candidates will each make a model of their proposal, scale 1:2. The ten models will be exhibited at the Villa Noailles from 23 June to 3 September 2023. The jury, guided by the technical advice of Jean- Yves Grandfils, head of the Tectona workshop and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, will choose the winner who will receive 5,000 euros.

The Tectona Design Parade Award is a new page in the history of Tectona’s involvement in French cultural creation and offers garden furniture design the recognition it so richly deserves.

After its creation in 1977, Tectona rapidly established itself as the leading maker of outdoor furniture in France. The brand’s guiding principles were laid down from the outset: a quest for obviousness and simplicity of forms; rigorous selection of materials; proficiency in traditional techniques and modern technology. Thanks to this expertise, Tectona edits the 1800 collection, bringing the French neo-classical furniture in vogue during the Directoire period (1795- 1799) back into the contemporary scene. Since the 1990s, Tectona has opened its doors to designers to create models in line with the evolution of outdoor living. Tectona was one of the first publishers to collaborate with Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Christophe Delcourt. Always on the lookout for new talent to reveal, Tectona has been working regularly since 2013 with young designers who have graduated from the Cantonal School of Art in Lausanne (ECAL), such as Isabelle Baudraz, Julie Richoz and Camille Blin. Designers who will undoubtedly write the design of tomorrow.


Vitra is fulfilling its cultural mission by joining the Design Parade and supporting the nominees in their creative project. The 20 finalists will dive in the Vitra universe and follow an inspirational workshop at the Vitra’s Parisian Showroom. Creating innovative products and concepts with great designers is Vitra’s essence. They are developed in Switzerland and installed worldwide by architects, companies and private users to build inspirational spaces for living, working as well as public areas.

Carmignac Foundation, established on the island of Porquerolles since 2018 through the Villa Carmignac dedicated to contemporary art, has decided today to strengthen its links with the Villa Noailles by creating the Fondation Carmignac endowment. One of the winners of the object design or interior architecture competition, chosen in agreement with the Carmignac Foundation and the members of the juries, will be invited during a residency to create an object in line with the philosophy of the place.

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