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.