Royal Ga­rance.


If Ga­rance be­lieves in any­thing it’s sur­ely di­ver­si­ty as, fol­lo­wing her ima­gi­na­tion, she ap­plies her unique style to ar­chi­tec­ture, illustration, de­si­gn and sce­no­gra­phy. And what bet­ter in­tro­duc­tion to her world than her ins­pi­ra­tio­nal ins­tal­la­tion, which she pre­sen­ted at Mi­lan De­si­gn Week 2018.

Ga­rance Val­lée, aka royal­ga­rance, em­bo­dies a young ge­ne­ra­tion of ar­tists that as­sumes its eclec­ti­cism. Af­ter gra­dua­ting from ar­chi­tec­ture school,

she wan­ted to free her­self from the constraints of ar­chi­tec­tu­ral dra­wing and ex­press her­self across a wide range of me­dia: dra­wing, pain­ting, ob­ject de­si­gn and sce­no­gra­phy. Ins­pi­red by straight lines, she mo­di­fies angles, plays with pers­pec­tive and ima­gines strange spaces that are half­way bet­ween rea­li­ty and the world of dreams. Her spon­ta­neous, ex­pe­ri­men­tal ap­proach was born out of a need to break free from the stan­dar­di­sed rules of tech­ni­cal dra­wing and give a new take on the ques­tion. “There came a time du­ring my stu­dies when I saw a way out. It was all get­ting too hea­vy for me, so I went back to my old plans and played around, scrib­bling mo­tifs on the walls and chan­ging the func­tion of ob­jects. In fact I nee­ded to have fun with the space”, she ex­plains.

From dra­wings to the ob­ject

Star­ting with her vi­sual com­po­si­tions, Ga­rance se­lects cer­tain pieces and pro­duces th­ree-di­men­sio­nal ver­sions, brin­ging in this way her sketches to life and ex­pe­ri­men­ting with shapes, ma­te­rials,

as­sem­blies and co­lours. “I find it ve­ry dif­fi­cult to use co­lour in my dra­wings. I start with mo­no­chrome back­grounds and then add touches of just th­ree or four co­lours, ho­we­ver when crea­ting ob­jects it is so­me­thing I real­ly en­joy doing.” Her pieces are mul­ti­func­tio­nal, so­me­times lea­ning to­wards the abs­tract and so­me­times more for­mal, but al­ways with a strong ar­chi­tec­tu­ral feel. Whe­ther they are made of concrete, wood or plas­ter, they all dis­play Ga­rance’s tra­de­mark play of tex­tures.


Ga­rance, who has a com­mu­ni­ty of en­thu­sias­tic fol­lo­wers on so­cial me­dia, was contac­ted by Mar­ti­na Gam­bo­ni (from the fa­mous Ita­lian PR agen­cy of the same name and the foun­der of Stra­te­gic Foot­prints), who in­vi­ted her to take over an en­tire space at Stra­te­gic Foot­prints to present her work du­ring Mi­lan De­si­gn Week 2018. The re­sult was an im­mer­sive project en­tit­led Terra that was ins­pi­red by images of the Earth. “My

space was the mee­ting room. I felt ins­pi­red by the idea of co­ming to­ge­ther and being as one and de­ci­ded to fo­cus on geo­lo­gi­cal stra­ta, which des­pite ha­ving dif­ferent layers, fi­nal­ly

make up a single whole.” This ins­tal­la­tion, no­ta­bly with its beau­ti­ful fres­cos, fur­ni­ture, ob­jects and de­co­ra­tive ac­ces­so­ries, creates a dream­like land­scape that is cha­rac­te­ri­sed by ins­pi­ra­tio­nal com­bi­na­tions of ma­te­rials and subtle nuances. If you look at the sil­houettes and the pat­terns the va­rious vo­lumes com­prise you can al­most see a ho­ri­zon line made up of a chain of moun­tains that is pro­jec­ted on­to a glass table as if the peaks were re­flec­ted in wa­ter. This au­da­cious project re­veals the scope of Ga­rance’s crea­ti­vi­ty and ima­gi­na­tion and confirms that this ta­len­ted de­si­gner is de­fi­ni­te­ly so­meone to keep your eye on.

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