Since its foundation in 2000, Studio Adrien Gardère’s comprehensive, integrated approach has met with international success in projects ranging from permanent museum and temporary exhibition design to product design and development. Studio Adrien Gardère thrives working with different countries and cultures, demonstrating its ability to communicate effectively with museum curators, academics, architects, craftsmen and manufacturers. Its work is driven by the desire to achieve unique design in which intuition, emotion and innovation meet curatorial expertise, educational values and clients’ aspirations. Throughout the years, SAG has collaborated and established long-lasting relationships with major institutions, architects and private entities in Canada, China, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Mali, South Korea, Switzerland, USA and the United Kingdom.
- Adrien Gardère
Born in France in 1972, Adrien Gardère studied French Literature in Hypokhâgne before training as a furniture designer at the École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués Boulle and the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs.
His designs have been produced and distributed by major furniture and lighting brands including Artemide, Ligne Roset, Cinna, Perimeter Editions and Saazs, and entered the permanent collection of public design institutions such as the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (France), the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), the Design Centro do Bélem (Lisbon).
Building on his success in the field of product design, Adrien Gardère founded his Studio in 2000 and expanded to museography and exhibition design.
Adrien Gardère’s Studio quickly established enduring relationships both with major international institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the Academy Museum of Motion Picture in Los Angeles, and with some of the world’s leading architects such as Foster+Partners; SANAA, David Chipperfield and Fumihiko Maki.
His comprehensive and integrated approach has met with international success. Some of his most acclaimed work to date includes the museography of the Musée du Louvre-Lens (France, 2012) the renovation of the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, (Egypt, 2010), the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (Canada, 2014), the recently completed the French-American Museum in Blérancourt (France, 2017), and the Canadian and Indigenous Art Galleries of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 2017).
Current projects are the Royal Academy of Arts in London with architects David Chipperfield (opening 2018), the Roman Antiquities Museum in Narbonne, France with architects Foster and Partners (opening 2019), the French National Museum of the Middle Ages, Musée de Cluny, Paris (opening 2020), or the Encore Park Museum Of Street Culture in Dallas, TX (opening 2019).
Looking forward, Adrien Gardère wants to build on these relationships, develop new partnerships and ways of working creatively, and sees every project as an opportunity to create a unique and legitimate design: a new way of conceiving museography, appropriate to a new generation, in which design and content meet the visitors’ expectations and provide a visual, educative and uplifting experience.
- Véronique Paties
Executive Office Manager
Véronique Paties joined Studio Adrien Gardère in 2017 as the Paris Studio Executive Manager, overseeing the Studio’s management and administration.
Véronique previously worked with several major architects agencies among which Kengo Kuma & Associates - Paris, Nicolas Michelin & Associates (a/nm/a) - Paris, Canal Architecture Patrick Rubin. - habiter autrement, Mia Hägg et Sandrine Forais.
- Marc Sarrazin
Marc Sarrazin joined Studio Adrien Gardère in 2012, after graduating from both Fine Crafts at the École Boulle in Paris and Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI) in Paris; following two years of working as a product designer. Marc headed the design of the exhibition The Europe of Rubens at the Musée du Louvre-Lens, and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto -- inaugurated in September 2014. Marc also led the design of two exhibitions of the Swiss Fondation Pierre Arnaud, dedicated to Primitive Arts and in charge of the Giacometti retrospective at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai inaugurated in march 2016.
- Francesca Galdangelo
Francesca Galdangelo joined Studio Adrien Gardère in 2012, after graduating in Architecture and completing a Post Diploma Masters in Museography, Architecture & Strategic Management for Archaeological Resources, at Milan Politecnico. Francesca worked on the Jaipur City Palace Renovation Program and the design of two temporary exhibitions of the Fondation Pierre Arnaud in Switzerland. She the project leader of the national French-American Museum renovation in Blérancourt. Since Spring 2014, she is head of project for the museography renovation of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects.
- Carole Pfendler
Carole Pfendler, joined Studio Adrien Gardère in 2011 after graduating from the ENSAAMA Olivier de Serre, Paris. After working on several exhibitions designs (Espace Louis Vuitton, Kennedy Center), Carole served as head of project for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto -- inaugurated in September 2014, and for the National French-American Museum in Blérancourt. Carole conceived and designed engaging public installations in relation to the exhibition Marvelous Objects at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
- Marina Khémis
Marina Khémis joined the Studio Adrien Gardère in 2016. After graduating from Space Design at the Ecole Boulle in Paris she completed her Master degree in Design specialized in scenography at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan while spending a one year exchange at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD). In 2016 she obtained a Master of Higher Education Teaching and was received at the competitive entrance exam for the Agrégation of Applied Arts. Marina is currently working on the scenography and conceptual design of the Museum of Street Culture in Dallas.
- Janet M. Christensen
New Business Development
Janet joined Studio Adrien Gardère in 2015 after a long tenure with The Blackstone Group in New York City, where she worked beside co-founder, Stephen A. Schwarzman, for over 17 years, assisting him and the firm in becoming a major global financial services entity with multiple businesses, including raising the largest private equity fund ever raised. Prior to Blackstone, Janet worked at NW Ayer, Inc. in Los Angeles, America's first advertising agency founded in Philadelphia, overseeing the Chairman's office and curating the NW Ayer Los Angeles gallery space after a stint at Art Center College of Design, the top private art college in California, overseeing special projects and guiding students through to graduation as Assistant Registrar.
Janet was born in Sonoma County, California and graduated with a BA degree from Brigham Young University in Political Science after spending six months studying at BYU's London campus, as well as BYU-Hawaii, studying Asian Political Thought. She is a Life Benefactor of the Royal National Theatre in London and serves as American Ambassador to the Bristol Old Vic, the UK's oldest, surviving 18th-century theatre (1766), whose Artistic Director, Tom Morris, created the Olivier and Tony Award-winning "War Horse."
Janet is based in New York City; Sundance, Utah -- the founding home of the Sundance Film Festival and Paris.
- They worked with us
- Mathieu Muin
- Lucie Dorel
- Teresa Fernandez Garcia
- Sandra Boehm
- Eléonore Denis
- Anne-Lise Mège
2014Apollo AwardsMusée de l'Aga Khan
2013Iconic awards -Projet de l’annéeMusée du Louvre-Lens
2013Équerre d’argent awardMusée du Louvre-Lens
2011Museum + Heritage International Awards - Highly CommendedMusée d’Art Islamique du Caire
20091er Prix - Label Janus du commerceBtcino Concept Store
2001Red Dot award - Best of the bestLampe Melampo
2001Etoile de l’Observeur du designLampe Melampo
2001Collection Permanente/ Musée des Arts DécoratifsLampe Melampo
1999IF. Design AwardApplique et lampadaire
1999Collection du Fond National d’Art ContemporainDerviche side table
1997Collection Permanente/ Museo do designBureau Inoxydable
1996Collection du Fond National d’Art ContemporainBureau Inoxydable
2016LACMA MuseumLos Angeles, USA«The museum as a site of knowledge»
2015Tongji University / Université des Arts VisuelsShanghai, Chine
2016Nasher Sculpture CenterDallas, USA«Conversation avec Olivier Meslay - Directeur associé du Dallas Museum of Arts»
2015The Courtauld Institute of ArtLondres, UK«Design & Muséographie»
2015Pitzhanger ManorLondres, UK«The art of display: modern muséographie & John Soane - introduit par Charles Saumarez Smith CBE»
2015Sodertorn UniversityStockholm, Suède«The Museum as a site of knowledge»
2013Brigham Young UniversityProvo, USA
2012Musée du LouvreParis, France«Le Louvre à Lens : Réinventer le musée»