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SAS au capital de 10 059 500 €
RCS Lille Métropole 424 761 419 00045
Siège social : 2 rue Kellermann - 59100 Roubaix - France.

Owner :
AVESTA GROUP LLC 
114 COLLINS STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94 118 - USA.

Publication director :
Paul Alezraa.

Le Laboratoire

Paris, France

A place for the reconciliation of art and science

The idea of creating a place where art and science confront was born in a laboratory conference room which discusses the transformation of stem cells at the prestigious Massachusset Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge in the United States. An artist will put stem cells at the heart of one of his creations. The idea delighted David Edwards, teacher at Harvard University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and core-founding member of the Harvard Wyss Institute of Biologically-Inspired Engineering.

Soon the dialogue between science and art became David Edward’s thinking space and Le Laboratoire its tangible expression. Le Laboratoire opened its 1300 sqm in central Paris in 2007 as the core-cultural lab of the international network, Artscience Labs . It is a contemporary art and design center in central Paris, where artists and designers experiment at frontiers of science.  2 to 3 temporary exhibitions per year are presenting to the public the works-in-progress from these experiments and confrontations between art and science that are frequently first steps toward larger scale cultural humanitarian and commercial works of art and design.

A place of experimentations

In the Laboratoire, David Edwards works closely with artists and designers, including chefs, composers, and contemporary artists, to conduct experiments at frontiers of science. These experiments lead to public exhibitions of works in progress and often translate as cultural, social, and commercial innovations. Among David's commercialized innovations since the opening of Le Laboratoire in 2007 are Andrea (a plant-based filter that accelerates filtration of toxic gases by plant matter), Le Whif Chocolate (chocolate without calories), Le Whif Coffee (coffee without the cup), Le Whaf (a generator of flavor clouds for fine dining), CellBag (a cell-inspired bag for carrying water in the developed and developing world), the AeroShot (aerodynamic caffeine,) and WAIHH Quantum Sensations with designer Philippe Starck. All inventions can be shopped at the Labstore, the concept store of the cultural centre.