MoMA Design Store Showcases La French Tech During NYCxDesign in May 2018 [fr]
On May 17th a panel discussion gathering French entrepreneurs and business leaders celebrated the opening of the FrenchTech au MoMa season.
This spring in conjunction with NYCxDesign, New York City’s annual celebration of design, the MoMA Design Store shined a spotlight on the dynamic French tech startup scene. The MoMA teams collaborated with La French Tech to select over twenty of France’s most innovative new technology products. The full collection went on view and was available all May at the store’s Soho and Midtown locations as well as online at store.moma.org.
“In my travels to scout the best products from around the globe, my team and I started to see an undeniable link back to France, which is now home to some of the most innovative technology companies in the world,” said Emmanuel Plat, MoMA Director of Merchandising. “We are incredibly excited to give this group of entrepreneurs a platform at MoMA Design Store. NYCxDesign is the perfect opportunity to tell this story and introduce their products to a wider audience.”
“France is home to some of today’s best tech and entrepreneurial talents and is amongst the leaders in IoT, deeptech, and design, as success stories such as Devialet, Parrot, and Sigfox demonstrate. World-class engineering programs, a growing international venture capital presence, and tech visa programs have all contributed to making France an especially fertile ground for innovation and a new entrepreneurial mindset.” declared French Tech Ambassador in NYC Jonathan Benhamoun Co founder and CEO of PeopleDoc.
A growing ecosystem of spaces across France is helping to nurture talent, from funding to manufacturing, providing vibrant communities where entrepreneurship can thrive. Among them, the French Tech community has grown exponentially over the past 5 years, making it one of the most dynamic in Europe.
“I am very proud to support La French Tech. In less than 5 years, it has become such a strong symbol of what France is about: innovation, talent, and creativity,” explained Pascal Cagni, former Vice President of Apple EMEIA and Chairman of the Board of Business France at the event. “The selection of products showcased is beautifully designed and innovative, fitting perfectly into their offering. It is a great honor for La French Tech to be celebrated at MoMA Design Store.”
The roundup of products at MoMA Design Store focused on everything from travel and audio to gaming and children’s toys, with highlights including the Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope; and Lunii’s choose your own adventure kids’ storyteller.
Here are the startups and respective products selected:
3dRudder VR Foot Controller
Divacore Antipods Earbuds
Invoxia Triby Smart Portable Speaker
iskn Slate 2+ Digital Drawing Pad
Joy Octopus Kids Watch
La Fabrique City Clock
Lexon Design Mino Speaker
Lunii My Fabulous Storyteller
Marbotic Smart Numbers and Letters
MNTNT Albert Clock
Native Union x La Boite Concept PR/01 Speaker
Parrot Bebop 2 Power Drone and Mambo FPV Drone
Prynt Photo Printer for iPhone
UrbanHello REMI The Child Sleep Companion
Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope
Veritable Indoor Smart Garden
Wistiki Voila, Aha and Hopla Trackers
XTEND Smart Expandable Suitcase