With a two-city event recognizing young talent in interior design and design, France’s Villa Noailles-organized Design Parade names its winners for this year.

At the end of last month, established and emerging interior designers made their way to Toulon, France. Likewise, in nearby Hyères, a community was celebrating innovation in design. Four promising young creatives have achieved the highest accolades for their work: Ecole Camondo students Edgar Jayet and Victor Fleury Ponsin earned the Grand Prix Design Parade Toulon Van Cleef & Arpels, while the Grand Prix Design Parade Hyères went to Cécile Canel and Jacques Averna.

Albert Camus' literature inspired Edgar Jayet and Victor Fleury Ponsin's refuge-like room.

Cécile Canel and Jacques Averna's Vire-Volt signs are an alternative to neon tubes.

With their project – a neutral siesta room inspired by the Albert Camus texts Les Noces (1938) and Le premier Homme (1994) – Jayet and Fleury Ponsin were also the recipients of an Eyes on Talents x Frame Special Mention. Referencing Mediterranean architecture, the interior architects investigated traditional methods of finding refuge heat and uncovered new ways of ‘finding rhythm’ in the shade.  

Cécile Canel and Jacques Averna – together, the Paris-based studio Canel Averna – wowed the Hyères jury with Vire-Volt, a series of self-sufficient signs powered by natural light, wind, ‘the mechanical movements of everyday life and the electricity that the city already mobilizes.’ The designs are posed as an alternative to neon tubes, which consume excess energy and endanger biodiversity in always-on urban environments. 

Cover and above: Johanna Seelemann's Terra Incognito line is sculpted from industrial clay.

In partnership with Eyes on Talents, we’ve also granted a Special Mention to Johanna Seelemann’s Terra Incognita. In the conceptual designer’s words, the product collection ‘proposes to embrace the constant transformation of styles and aesthetic languages while incorporating adaptation and change through its materiality.’ She utilized industrial clay typically used in automobile prototyping to create sculptural furniture, showing the material’s potential to form end-products. 

See the full list of winners from Design Parade 2021 here.