Architect’s Furniture, 1960-2020

The shape of small things

Until 30 September 2019

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre
75016 Paris

Exhibition view

Some architects see object design as a natural extension, nay, an integral part, of their trade. Exploring this connection between the large and the small, the current exhibition at the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris (until 30 September) takes a look at the furniture, lighting fixtures and assorted knickknacks created by prominent architects since the 1960s.

Due to their more modest scale, domestic objects have long constituted a fertile playing ground for the people whose day job is to design buildings, enabling them to research issues of materiality, light and structure at lower cost—and perhaps with greater licence to fail.

The exhibition gathers nearly 300 pieces by more than 125 architects, including Odile Decq, David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid. Beyond its dedicated gallery, the exhibition spills over into the Cité’s permanent collection, enabling a dialogue with the grander ‘architectural’ pieces on display—for more than two kilometres of ambulation, total.

As for us, we were thrilled to see some Aesop stores pop up in one of the exhibition’s video installations—one of the unexpected perks of working with talented architects. We are also delighted to offer our valued customers a chance to attend. To request a ticket for 1 or 2 people, simply write to If passes are still available, you will be invited to pick one up at Aesop Passy (16 rue Jean Bologne, in the 16th arrondissement) at your convenience.

‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.’

William Morris