This new series, COLLECTIBLE In-Depth, unveil the backstage of contemporary creation. Tackling various topics from personal designer processes to the position of collectible design on the global design market; these COLLECTIBLE In-Depth offer different views to suit all tastes. Today we talk with Claudine Garcia and Alain Delluc, from GOOD SESSIONS.
COLLECTIBLE: What do you think collectible design brings compared to other more massively produced pieces?
Claudine Garcia and Alain Delluc: We think collectible design has the capacity to bring and show more positive aspects than massive series. It is a good way to support emerging and independent designers and artists’ productions while also showing some unexpected and wonderful craft techniques and process approaches.
We believe it is a great investment in the potential growing value of design pieces in the art market.
And for sure, just for the pleasure, it offers an astonishing library of forms, visual languages and an infinite variety of styles.
It differentiates you from others: regarding the way our society evolves, we see how important it is to develop our own personality and shape it through the uniqueness of collectible design pieces. Nobody wants to be like anyone else, it’s the opportunity to be a bit proud of yourself and feel some freedom thanks to the richness of the creations.
After having spent so much time at home these past two years due to the covid epidemic, we wondered about the importance of well-being at home and we are convinced that one of the keys to reuniting is to personalise our home, make it a unique place that is unlike that of anyone else.
Collectible design brings a safe, intimate space that reflects our personality through its decoration and furnishings. For us, collectible design brings the necessary uniqueness, personality and being free to think outside the box.
For us, collectible design brings the necessary uniqueness, personality and being free to think outside the box.
C: What is your opinion on 3D designs and renderings compared to other more traditional ways of presenting design? How do you foresee evolutions in that domain: do you think it is a practice that is here to stay or an ephemeral one that reflects our needs for escapism and imaginary spaces?
Claudine Garcia and Alain Delluc: At GOOD SESSIONS we have been questioning for a while design productions and creations via 3D renders, NFTs and metaverses. It’s growing very fast, and we believe it’s not ephemeral: the shape of it will drastically change thanks to the development of 5G and 6G.
It is definitively a new tangible design world with a lot of potential: many bridges are possible, unexpected new stories, evolutive visions, generative pieces, real-time distant collaborative creations…
But there’s one real concern at the same time: it’s energy consuming. We have discovered the negative impact it has and will continue to have on energy production. NFT’s energy needs are insane and we don’t see for now how to compensate this energy consumption.
As soon as we find a true sustainable blockchain approach, we will reconsider our position. It’s important for us to fully embrace modernity and progress.
C: Can you talk about a place you recently visited that inspires you?
CG & AD: Allow us to answer this question by telling you about one of our very first experiences and one of the latest.
We had the chance in the late 90’s to see the legendary exhibition “Young British Artists” at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Something was born in our heads that day; something brutal, essential. This place brings at the same time so many emotions and different words and forms. A unity which was born from the urgency of this youth to say something to the whole world but also the talent of the gallery to make it easy to see and understand. From that moment, we definitely kept something about how to promote and support artists and designers.
A couple of months ago we visited a place located 25 minutes from GOOD SESSIONS’ gallery: the Arlatan Hôtel. Conceived by Jorge Prado in Arles, it is what we can call a total design space. With an impressive approach to colour, contemporary and vintage design pieces, every element is unique, everything is art in every detail, and the result is definitively gorgeous. Beyond the aesthetics of the place, what made an impression with us is the overall effect of the work.
Everything from the floor to the walls gives the impression of having been created to exist together. It is a total, global and immersive experience of quite rare harmony with a very inspiring level of coherence and beauty. Definitely worth a visit and a cocktail!
C: What are the key questions you ask yourself before starting to conceptualize an exhibition/ curation?
CG & AD: At GOOD SESSIONS, our curation approach is really simple, it is a dialogue we have regarding pieces we first would love to have at home, a spontaneous feeling. Next to that, another key element is the story behind the work. Simple or not, personally related or about a material, each of theses elements elevate the object’s approach, understanding and appreciation.
This story behind the work, the background of the project, is a very important part. It feeds our need to share. We work like cultural mediators, we seek to connect people. and creatives. All exchanges we have with designers allow us to better present their work, to share it as much as possible both in the gallery and on the editorial part of the platform. It is for us the extra soul that we seek in each object.
That's why we work as a team with our designers, we like to know them as much as their project, it's easy to defend their work when you know the stories and the people who make them.
Finally, we are still working to show what is happening today and now. Hyper contemporaneity is an essential aspect of our research for exhibitions or curation. We’re aware of presenting creations anchored in contemporaneity, a reference we keep from Giorgio Agamben since a while.
About GOOD SESSIONS
Co-founded by Claudine Garcia and Alain Delluc, Good Sessions at first was a digital platform project before also becoming, since 2022, a physical gallery installed in south of France. Each of the structures wants to enhance the encounter between artists/designers, collectors and future amateurs.
Good Sessions creates a place for the excellence of European contemporary creation and the general public. Particular attention is paid to support artists/designers and promote their work by an editorial approach and a strong work of accompagnement. The high quality of the curation makes of Good Sessions, platform and gallery, a place to meet, discover and buy what is made on the most demanding and cutting-edge of the European scene.
Good Sessions has a simple mission: Connect people and creatives!