The emerg­ing faces of French de­sign

Meet the new breed of French de­sign­ers from Mai­son et Ob­jet Paris

Red Magazine - - Editor's Note | Contents - WORDS OLIVER EMOCLING


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.

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