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Stylist and designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is inaugurating an exhibition-workshop for children from 4 years old at the Center Pompidou, this Saturday, September 25. Entitled “the People of Tomorrow”, it invites the youngest to appropriate the designs of the jack-of-all-trades designer, and thereby the universal symbolic language. This involves the creation of fancy flags, drawing on iPad, creating music with others, quizzes on symbols, etc. Free access, the exhibition should last until May 9, before being presented in other cities (Clermont-Ferrand, Malaga, New York, Shanghai, etc. are mentioned). For “l’Obs”, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac goes back to his goal. Interview.

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in front of the totem of nature, at the Center Pompidou. (Boris Manenti for “The Obs”)

How did this exhibition for children come about?

The Center Pompidou asked me to design an exhibition in this space known as the Galerie des enfants. I wondered what I could pass on to this generation who are the people of tomorrow. All this work was done during a suspended time when I was locked in my home [lors du premier confinement, NDLR], and where I was working on color and a whole bunch of symbols.

My little girl was born, and I asked myself: “How can we give this power of signs to this young generation? “ Many signs escape our children, perhaps too caught up in digital technology. In not

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