The President’s foreword
The Association des Arts Décoratifs is an institution, which undoubtedly seeks to remain up to date. In today’s post-industrial civilisation, where objects are everywhere but also trivialized, dematerialised and obsolescent, it is our duty, more than ever, to have a reflection on the sense of everyday commodities. The object conceived in the fields of crafts, fashion, applied arts and industrial design is at the heart of our institution’s concern. There lies the Ecole Camondo’s mission and raison d’être: to define an object’s origin, its birth, its uses, its shape and its purpose, but also its ultimate end in the space which it will help define and construct.
Pierre-Alexis Dumas, President of Les Arts Décoratifs