Play Time

Pierre and Cedric Koukjian cre­ate de­signs that stretch the imag­i­na­tion

Architectural Digest (UAE) - - Design - WORDS JU­MANA AB­DEL-RAZ­ZAQ

Cedric Koukjian and his fa­ther Pierre have built a fam­ily busi­ness grounded in their mu­tual love of de­sign. Based in Geneva, Switzer­land, the fa­ther and son duo es­tab­lished Since de­sign stu­dio last year, and have fo­cused on cre­at­ing con­tem­po­rary de­sign-art pieces that tran­scend bound­aries. “We try to present a child­like and dreamy state of mind though our work,” ex­plains Cedric.

From minia­ture carv­ings to huge sculp­tures, the stu­dio cre­ates art pieces, fur­ni­ture and light­ing from a range of ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing mar­ble, con­crete and car­bon poly­mers. “Part of our goal as de­sign­ers is to be as ex­per­i­men­tal as pos­si­ble,” says Cedric. “We love com­bin­ing ma­te­ri­als to sur­prise peo­ple.”

The Sprout, one of Pierre’s sig­na­ture works, does just that. De­scribed as ‘a bendy and rounded ham­mered stain­less steel in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the magic bean’ in the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, the sculp­ture is a prime ex­am­ple of the de­sign­ers’ imag­i­na­tive play on ma­te­rial. The resin Bub­ble bucket, and the leather Co­coa sofa, which looks like a melt­ing choco­late bar, are equally play­ful. What can we ex­pect next from the Koukjians? “We pre­fer to take life day by day and do our best in the present,” Cedric adds. Watch this space. since­fin­

1. The Sprout by Pierre Koukjian 2. Pierre and Cedric Koukjian in their stu­dio 3. The Co­coa sofa

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