The emerging faces of French design
Meet the new breed of French designers from Maison et Objet Paris
In this year’s Maison et Objet Paris, Charlotte Juillard presents her collection Lavastone, where she injects a hint of femininity and sensuality to the seemingly cold and rigid material she sourced from Naples, Italy. Juillard is no stranger to Italian design; she joined La Fabrica under Sam Baron and has designed for Seletti and Molteni.
When Nathanaël Desormeaux and Damien Carette met in 2006, they soon after decided that they complement each other’s design philosophy and skill. Desormeaux is a maverick of British design innovation while Carette explores the more decorative features of design. Together, they find new means of using materials. Take, for example, the Desormeaux/Carette Dita lamp above, which references fashion with how it employs a zipper to change the light’s direction and intensity.
AC/AL Studio was established in 2013 by ENSCI-Les Ateliers graduates Amandine Chhor and Aïssa Logerot, who both trained under designer Mathieu Lehanneur. AC/ AL studio tells a narrative through the harmony of clean, minimalist, geometric design and state-of-the-art function. With its signature style, AC/ AL received accolades from a VIA Label in 2015 for their Trame Chair.
Manon Leblanc and Romain Diroux founded Studio Monsieur in 2012. With its expertise in industrial design, Studio Monsieur believes in elevating everyday items to notable objets
d’art like the glass Silex Christmas ball, which embraced the glass’ sharpness, leading the duo to win the Grand Prize for Creativity from the city of Paris in 2015.
Pierre Charrié is known for skirting convention. He seeks the possibilities of design and technology by creating fixtures that appeal to the senses. For one, his fragrance diffuser features a marble base and a bamboo stem fashioned with an ostrich feather that would release scent as the wind blows. He was recently awarded the Grand Prize for Creativity from the city of Paris and bagged the silver design award from Future en Seine in 2014 for his Aérobie lamp.
Featherwork or plumasserie adds intricacy to any object. It is also what Julien Vermeulen is known for. He studied the craft at Lycée Octave Feuillet, the last French public school to offer a diploma in featherwork, and to him, the colorful feathers emulate paint with how they interact with light. Vermeulen demonstrates the flexibility of feather as a material with his samurai armor called Bado Senshi.