Grands Prix de la Création
de la Ville de Paris 2022

Image: Perron et Frères, Banc brûlé, 2020. Solid oak, burnt and oiled. © Alexandra Mocanu
The furniture is burnt with the "Shou sugi ban" technique to give it resistance to time and bad weather.


Perron et Frères

Grand Prix Design

Perron et Frères is a creative work force united around Gérald Perrin and Mayeul Reignault, around design and cabinetmaking. Mayeul, grandson of a cabinetmaker, passionate about wood, and designer who studied at Ensaama in Paris, the École supérieure d’art et design Saint-Étienne and ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, discovered by chance the work of Perron et Frères, created by Gérald and an associate designer. He contacted the company and a collaboration began in 2017. Perron et Frères, whose favorite material is wood, develops pieces for brands or interior designers and now wish to design their own furniture collections that convey their values ​​of simplicity and honesty.

Image: Van Cleef & Arpels, 20-24 Place Vendôme Paris, Salons. Agence Jouin-Manku.
Creation of two panoramics on Japanese paper for the living rooms.
Photo credit: Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris - Vendôme/ Agence Jouin Manku – 2020 © Éric Laignel, 2020


Caroline Besse

Grand Prix Métiers d'art

For 20 years Caroline Besse has been developing a color palette made of natural, solvent-free materials. With a training as a classical painter and decorator, she began by creating numerous frescoes. At the same time, she discovered mineral paint. "The intensity and vibration of these colors touched me and made me want to develop my own techniques and contemporary creative proposals. I trained by studying different traditions: the Japanese but also that of Byzantine icons, while deepening my knowledge of the relationship to the body in the gesture of drawing. Since 2017, all the decorations and paintings that I create are made only with the colors of the crushed minerals."

Image: © Thibault Della Gaspera



Grand Prix Mode

Florent Biard is the founder of the label Coltesse, a reference to the French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès. He first began studying engineering, then deviated from this trajectory, evolved in the world of theater and then moved towards artistic direction. Learning about fashion, he designed shirts and very quickly the Japanese were interested in his work. In 2019, the brand was selected and participated in the Labels program of the Institut Français de la Mode. Today, Coltesse is constantly looking for a balance between its creative proposals and its ecological convictions.

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2022 Borlem Prize

Image: Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe Octopus, 2021. Oil on canvas, 72x63 in. Courtesy of Ebecho Muslimova, Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich, and Magenta Plains, New York.


Ebecho Muslimova

Borlem Prize

Russian-born, New York-based artist Ebecho Muslimova is the recipient of this year's Borlem Prize, which goes to an artist whose work "brings awareness to mental health issues and struggles". She has chosen the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline as the charity that will receive a donation made on her behalf. Last year, Muslimova gave her first institutional show at The Drawing Center in New York, and a solo exhibition at David Zwirner in London. Muslimova said her desire to communicate "is a desperate need to ascribe to the outside what is festering on the inside."

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2022 Praemium Imperiale

Image: Ai Weiwei, Forever Bicycles, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2011. © Ai Weiwei Studio


Ai Weiwei

Praemium Imperiale Sculpture

The Chinese artist, activist and filmmaker, Ai Weiwei is one of the most influential cultural figures working today. His work encompasses everything from the Syrian refugee crisis to the destruction of the Brazilian rainforest. But it is China – its past, present and future – that is the primary focus for much of Ai’s work, a focus that led to his imprisonment and exile. Now based in Europe, through his extraordinary art and determined activism, Ai Weiwei remains one of the world’s most prominent advocates for free expression and human rights – a testament to the potential for art to re-imagine the world in which we live.

Image: Giulio Paolini, Young Man Looking at Lorenzo Lotto, 1967. © Giulio Paolini
Photo: unknown. Courtesy of Fondazione Giulio e Anna Paolini, Turin.


Giulio Paolini

Praemium Imperiale Painting

Few artists working today have interrogated the medium and meaning of art more completely than Giulio Paolini. Many of Paolini’s works are inspired by masterpieces of Art history and are created to make the viewer question what they are seeing. His works are composed of diverse media; painting, photography and sculpture, all of which create a poetic and introspective space. Paolini’s thought-provoking and playful work can also be seen in his stage design for theatre and operas. He has exhibited globally and most recently, in 2022, had a solo exhibition, When is the present?, at the Museo Novecento in Florence.

Image: SANAA, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2007.
© Dean Kaufman


Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa

Praemium Imperiale Architecture

SANAA, an architectural practice headed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, is best known for its light, fluid forms that shun hierarchy and sit in harmonious relationship with their surroundings. Established in 1995, an early landmark project for SANAA was the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Japan, 2004). Other major works include New Museum of Contemporary Art (USA, 2007), ROLEX Learning Center (Switzerland, 2009), Louvre-Lens (France, 2012) and Bocconi University New Urban Campus (Milan, 2020). SANAA has received numerous awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2010).

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Cooper Hewitt
2022 National Design Awards

Image: Nader Tehrani, Zhulang Huagai, an installation for Shenzhen Biennale,
Shenzhen, China, 2017. Photo: UABB


Nader Tehrani

Design Visionary

Architect Nader Tehrani is the founding principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry. Tehrani is also former dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union. Tehrani’s work lies in building bridges between education and practice, creating healthy institutions to ensure equity, democracy, and education for all.

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