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Anna Sansom

Anna Sansom is a British journalist, based in Paris, who writes about contemporary art, design and architecture.

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Through her fingers, simple cotton fabric undergoes an alchemy … the French textile artist is celebrated with an exhibition to mark her 80th birthday.
From Neolithic statuettes to Grayson Perry – via Marcel Duchamp – MAD demonstrates that ceramics continue to be open to reinvention.
A tribute to the creative polymath who united the fields of art, fashion, music and design.
"The first sale in Europe, and perhaps the western world, entirely dedicated to Japanese design.”
Depth, breadth and diversity – the highlights of collectible design this autumn.
Totems, typewriters and utopian ideals, all filtered through oriental philosophy - the fascinating world of the founder of the Memphis movement.
Debuting his first furniture collection against the historical backdrop of an eighteenth-century Parisian townhouse.
From Athens to New York, via Brussels, Milan and Copenhagen, the design duo are gently storming the world. Anna Sansom catches up with them on the eve of their latest show.
A historic set of Mollino furniture, on public view for the first time, enriches the Triennale Milano collection.
Anna Sansom gives a whirlwind summary tour of the wide range of new collectible design on view this autumn.
A contemporary curation of sculptural objects set within the light-filled modernist interior of Maison Louis Carré.
Driven by a shared desire to explore materials and make startling objects.
From Aix-en-Provence to Beaulieu-sur-Mer, The Design Edit brings you the best of the summer exhibitions, mixing art and design.
Collecting, collaborating and sometimes gently persuading – the story of how Diane Venet brought together jewellery made by leading artists of the past century.
An exhibition that elegantly explores how one family's artistic output crossed freely between painting, sculpture, furniture and architecture.
Cheap rents and beautiful weather are not the only elements attracting expat designers back to Athens – the art and design scene is humming with energy and opportunities.
An exhibition tracing the evolution of luxury and our relationship to it.
The fantasy and surrealism of the renowned French artists reigns supreme in the gardens of Versailles.
A buoyant mood and high demand for nature-inspired pieces brings in strong auction results for collectible design.
As the re-opened galleries get into their post-lockdown stride, Anna Sansom guides us through the collectible design offerings from four current exhibitions.
An exhibition exploring the legacy of Néotù, whilst pairing design with contemporary painting.
The design expert and auctioneer talks to The Design Edit about Piasa's broad vision for international design.
A hybridised format brings a rich seam of lockdown work to light.
Sales are boosted by a thirst for new acquisitions and revitalised interiors.
Designers originating from Africa, Brazil, Denmark, the Netherlands, Chile and Greece exhibit their eclectic work in the French capital.
By curating a contemporary furniture collection, the Mobilier National actively supports French designers – bringing their work to a wider audience.
The capital's galleries provide an array of real-life shows to lift the spirits and light the darkness.
A personal collection from the French polymath designer, well known for his rope-wrapped furniture and tribal-inspired sculpture.
The Design Edit catches up with the gallery's founder just after the opening of her second gallery, in Megève.
With the rich diversity of contemporary studios being recognised internationally, and earlier modernist pieces performing well at auction, Latin America is firmly on the global design map.
Two designers and collectors, founders of Oitoemponto, offer for sale a selection of glamorous work – their own and others.
Design fairs and galleries have rapidly upped their online presence – bringing new access and audiences to collectible design.
A report from the French capital, before the gallery doors closed.
Interior designer turned gallerist, Franquesa's new space provides a platform for the best of Barcelona's collectible designers.
A tribute to the avant-garde Italian designer who defended design for all.
TDE interviews the Danish gallerist as her new gallery opens in the Marais.
Well-known talents mix with upcoming designers, in a sale to support Lebanese arts.
Celebrating the resurgence of the Venetian glass sector after months of closure.
Find out what happens when Cocksedge applies his curiosity, audacity and determination to industrial glass.
Designers have always experimented with light, both natural and artificial. Technology is now bringing new toolboxes and processes for contemporary creatives to play with – from LEDs to drones. 
As auction houses have embraced the new world order of virtual tours and e-catalogues, before opening live sales this month, their clients have discovered a new appetite for history and provenance.
Self-isolation is proving tough for some, but designers are finding ways to readjust – from studio Bingo on Google hangouts, to some deeper thinking about the role of design.
A fundraising sale that united galleries, artists and collectors in their support of the French medical sector.
Galleries respond to the pandemic with online showrooms, collaboration and creativity.
Hanging, billowing or sculptural – textile and fibre artists are producing powerful works that defy categorisation.
Dealers move online during the temporary closure of the Paris antiques market.
Designers showed their flair for upcycling and innovation, visitor attendance was up, and the organisers held their nerve under the cloud of coronavirus.
Using a range of local materials – from recycled metal and coconut palms to canoes – and collaborating with local craftspeople, contemporary African designers are attracting international interest.
As the world's premier fine art and antiques fair opens, The Design Edit reports on some of the collectible design masterworks on offer.
Anna Sansom's round-up of the winter shows.
Textile sculptures, felted baskets, carpets and tapestries rub shoulders with sleek pieces of furniture, glass and ceramics at the third Swiss edition of NOMAD.
Deceptive in their simplicity, many of the French designer’s pieces are technically complex feats of workmanship.
A broad range of work from designers responding to our current social and ecological predicaments - eliciting despair but also humour.
Thirty years ago the Iron Curtain started to buckle. As this show reveals, the impact of that moment has resonated on every level - including design.
Invited to curate an exhibition of the art that inspired him, in the building he designed, Mendini’s swansong is full of humour, colour and counterpoint.
The collectible design market continues to generate strong interest, but in a competitive market, only the exceptional pieces hit the high notes.
For his first exhibition at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris, Vincenzo De Cotiis has created a new collection of shimmering works inspired by Japan and the theme of iridescence.
Two leading Milanese design galleries add pizzazz to Piasa's autumn Italian Design sale, headed up by a Gio Ponti commode.
Design enthusiasts were treated to a focus on ceramics and the opportunity to visit makers in their studios.
Guillaume Taslé d'Héliand charts the development of his evolving collectible design fair, and discusses the emergence of Lebanese design.
At a festival to celebrate the world-renowned antique markets of Paris, The Design Edit caught up with its flamboyant ambassador, French interior designer Vincent Darré.
Some outstanding works, despite a quieter profile.
In a restored gothic palace, Nomad presents collectible design in tune with The Venice Glass Week.
Anna Sansom meets the man whose curiosity drives him to work across diverse design fields.
A cornucopia of furniture – designed by the world’s leading architects – reveals imagination rooted in practicality.
Pablo Reinoso’s exuberant sculptures push the boundaries of form and function.
A vibrant collection of over 160 iconic works from Sottsass’s Memphis Group, exhibited against the backdrop of a former 19th century prison.
The first curatorial director of Design Miami/ talks to The Design Edit about the role of collectible design.
Creative collaboration between contemporary artists and the glass masters of Murano.
A sample of a new wave of young, cross-disciplinary European artists.
An exhibition of one of the most influential artists of the post-war period, who developed a unique visual vocabulary.
Craftsmanship was exalted at the 23rd edition of the arts and design fair.
Nature, software and master craftsmanship combined to produce a rich and complex showcase of design.
Sixty pieces from a unique collection, showcased in an exhibition pavilion designed by Renzo Piano.
A retrospective of one of the most influential architects and designers of the twentieth century.
Ambre Jarno nurtures a creative relationship with Burkina Faso.
His latest exhibition was a masterpiece of technical ingenuity, as Anna Sansom discovers.