The Fourth Wall by François Bauchet, Eric Jourdan and N°111

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The Fourth Wall by François Bauchet, Eric Jourdan and N°111

Initiated by N°111 with François Bauchet and Eric Jourdan, the Quatrième Mur was a satellite exhibition during the St Etienne Design Biennial 2010. Located in a former cinema, three ex-Saint Etienne students invited two of their ex-lecturers for a collective exhibition of everyday objects. The arrangement of these objects in a scenic, stage-like way invited the viewers to think differently about the relationships between these objects and themselves.

From N°111:

The fourth wall evokes an intellectual wall separating the actor on the stage and the spectator in the room. The installation of the objects on a stage puts distance between them and the spectator. The goal of the distance is to lead the spectator to consider what is taking place on the stage with an investigative and critical eye. To distance, is to transform the thing that it is to be understood, to which attention is to be drawn, from something banal, known and immediately fixed, into something distinctive, unusual and unexpected.

Eric Jourdan
Steel tube, wood

Floor Lamp
Metal, wood, LED strip

From N°111:

This project is a reflection upon lighting objects as generators of atmosphere and space. Light is diffused in an indirect way to encompass the place like micro architecture. On the stage, the shape of the lampshade is revealed according to the viewpoint: the profile becomes an established volume.

François Bauchet
Resin, marble top

Lounge chair
Wood, metal, Deschemaker wool cloth

From N°111:

The profile of this project is designed in a way to evoke an image of an established landscape. It is a hybrid piece to be used freely, placed on ground level, a play between mass and fragility, volume and aerial. On stage, like theatre décor the Meridian offers different volumes and different layouts according to the viewpoint.

Pendant lights
Blown crystal

Photos by Studio Caterin.

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