Constance Rubini

In converstaion with  Takk 1st November


After an initial career in the art market, in France and England, Constance Rubini joined the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Paris in 1999. There she organized different exhibitions, including Jean Royere, decorateur a Paris (1999-2000), Nobody’s Perfect, by Gaetano Pesce (2002-2003), Inga Sempe (2003) and Dessiner le design (2009-10), which brought together the great names of international design around the theme of the creative process, manual and digital alike. In 2010, she was the general curator of the International Biennial of Design in Saint-Etienne, and she also curated La Ville Mobile. As a design historian, she has been the editor-in-chief of the design and research magazine Azimuts (Cité du Design) for five years (2005-2010), and also contributed to various collective books and journals. She was Professor at the National School of Decorative Arts (ENSAD), gave lectures at Sciences Po Paris, in Bruno Latour’s Cartography Programme, and today teaches at the ECAL in Lausanne. In 2013, Constance Rubini joined the museum and approached the Haut Conseil des musées de France to change its name to “Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design” (formerly the musée des Arts décoratifs) to demonstrate the museum’s determination to become an important place for spreading the culture of design in France. She curated a major retrospective exhibition on the work of Andrea Branzi, Andrea Branzi, Pleased to meet you, 1966-2014 and several shows including Houselife – Design collection of the Centre national des arts plastiques in 2016, Oh couleurs ! Design through the lens of colour in 2017, Construction – Martin Szekely in 2018, as well as exhibitions dedicated to young designers such as Felipe Ribon, Octave de Gaulle and recently Raphaël Pluvinage and Marion Pinaffo.