The Book Exposed
"TRY AGAIN, FAIL AGAIN, FAIL BETTER."
May 2-17, 2014
Tuesday - Saturday
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
with the presence of Arlt
Made in Town
58 rue du Vertbois
Made in Town is hosting the result of 15 years of collaboration between Philippe Millot based in Paris and Cent Pages editions based in Grenoble. This show will allow to discover the exciting process of the designing and manufacturing of books, singular objects made of intelligence, ink, paper and words, result of this long-term evolutive and demanding dialogue.
Philippe Millot defines himself as a book drawer. French, he was born in 1968 in Kampala, Uganda and he works in the graphic design field as part of the duo SpMillot founded with her wife Sophie Millot. He is currently teaching at the National School of Decorative Arts (ENSAD) in Paris.
This is L'Essai, book edited in 1997 by the Association for the dissemination of French thinking (ADPF) which lead to the first encounter between Philippe Millot, at the book drawing, and Olivier Gadet at its manufacturing. This item is founder of a work that has been built over time, in an ongoing dialogue between technology and design. This first meeting then opened to the achievement of two Cent Pages book collections: Rouges-Gorges and Cosaques.
The development of a book collection is a quest for permanent perfection, an evolutionary journey continuously enriched on the formal and manufacturing aspects. As such, each new published book is both a concrete attempt to a better result than the previous book, but it also becomes the draft of the book to come. This is what has inspired the baseline of the exhibition borrowed to Samuel Beckett: "Try again, fail again, fail better".
In 2012, on Véronique Marrier's invitation, in charge of the graphic design mission at the National Center for Visual Arts (CNAP), the Rouges-Gorges collection entered the National Fund of Contemporary Art (FNAC), with all the tools and mock-ups composing the intermediate steps in the realization of the published books.
In the exhibition L'Essai: Try again, fail again, fail better, Made in Town will present and sell and on the Shop the Cent Pages editions books, along with posters, postcards and catalogs.To this selection of novelties there will also be a choice of books from SpMillot's personal library, along with various works ordered by museums or published by the ADPF and Culture France (French Institute), and finally trade off rarities.
At the show opening this May 6th, 2014, the musical duo Arlt (Eloise Decazes and Sing Sing) will be present for pop and poetic performance.
At the initiative of the City of Calais, the Directorate Générale des Entreprises and the Region Hauts-de-France have joined forces to highlight one of the most beautiful jewels in the French fashion and luxury industry – Leavers lace – with a world touring exhibition designed by Made in Town.
The third and final stop on the itinerant exhibition The Lace Review, which brings together the last 14 Leavers lace factories still in operation in Calais and Caudry, takes place on 16 and 17 July 2019 during the Première Vision exhibition in New York.
In order to promote the know-how and characteristics of the tapestry from Aubusson, the county town of the French region of Creuse, Made in Town conducted a series of three documentary videos at the request of the International City of the Tapestry and Woven art, in partnership with l’Institut français de la mode and with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.