Manufacture de Cogolin
This project was realized in collaboration with La Manufacture Cogolin, a traditional manufacturer of carpets in the south of France.
Just some time before I started working on this project I had visited an exhibition about moroccan carpets at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. I was enchanted by the way patterns were constructed and interpretated in a very liberated way and asked myself how to translate the richness and depth I found in these unique carpets into a reproductible product.
I started with a simple pattern which was then fragmented, manipulated and reassembled to give the impression the pattern was developed and constructed during the weaving process.
We choose to craft the carpet in flat waving technique using cotton and raffia to translate the lines of my drawings in the most accurate way.
I was given the chance to realise a vase during a one year residency at the Research Center on Art and Glass (CIRVA) in Marseille. The Vases Oreilles’combine two manufacturing techniques: blown glass and fused glass and are a series of varying sizes and colours.
Flowers in a vase are about joy. It is an oportunity to work on an object that exist for its beauty. Not more.
I am fascinated by the profoundness of the colours and the way glass captures and transmits light. Wheather transparent or translucent it has quite an important presence in its environment. I intuetively focused on colours and tried to find an interesting support for colour compositions.
Depending on the viewing angle the vases reveal a new colour proportion.
The Vase Coque was realized parallel to the Vases Oreilles during my residency at CIRVA. The vase is composed of two parts of different colour which interlock to shape a container. This typology, just as the Vases Oreilles, gives me the possiblility to play with a wide range of colour combination.
My idea to create a two coloured vase made out of two seperate parts seemed to be an efficient solution to me, but turned out to be a real challenge for the glass blowers at the CIRVA. Driven by this challenge the craftsman tried many different approaches and in the end managed to obtain an almost flawless exemplar.
Dyade is a long pendant composed of two indivual parts: a luminous ring and a white reflector that diffuses the light.
The word Dyade means a pair of things standing in particular relation. Dyade explores the contrast and relation between full and empty space, between the inner and outer, the light and shadow.
Sensible to is environment the elements of the lamp rotate likewise those of a Mobile. The slowly changing light makes the breath of air visible. It soft light and slight movement give the lampe Dyade a welcoming presence.
Sèvres - Cité de la céramique
Sévres – Cité de la céramique – is a traditional french manufacture of porcelain with a rich history dating back to 18th century. I had the chance to realise a project with the craftsman in Sevres during a residency which was part of the Design Parade price.
I was facinated by the skills and the precision of the craftsman, especially on the potter’s wheel. The thin and sharp edges of the bowl, the delicate curves and the soft whiteness of the porcelain express the quality of the material and excellence of the manufacture.
I drew a duo of bowls in porcelain which play with the equilibrium. The bowls capture a moment of perfect balance which changes as we place objects inside of them.
Thalie is a collection of containers made of flat sheet metal held together by a thin thread of metal wire. The collection is based on a dialogue between an industrial process and an artisanal finalization.
Fascniated by the properties and the sharpness of thin spring steel sheet, I sensed the potential to create something as delicate as knitted or laced objects I had found in a book called «Ouvrages des Dames».
Chemical etching allows to cut a sheet of spring steel in a very precise manner. The two-dimensional elements are then manually transformed into volumes which shapes reslut from the natural tension of the material. Irregular and sensual shapes result from a at first very mechanic drawing.
Gallery Libby Sellers
Armand is a decorative object exploring the soft focus phenomenon, and more particularly the resultant mix of colours.
I conveyed this effect by placing different paper cut-outs together. Just like the soft focus, the colours vibrate with each other and the boundaries of the object become blurred. It is a piece of research in the sense that it was conducted empirically, by toing and froing between the drawing, photo and model.
The resultant feeling is the expression of a colour vibration. I like the idea of Armand being an «environmental enriching object».
Fierzo is a desk organizer designed for the italian company Alessi. I used the bent metal wire as one of the technique of Alessi factory which allows me to litterally draw in space.
The two bent metal wires are maintained together by clips surrounding a wooden base. Paper sheets can be hold and presented between the two steel frames in a playful way.
Fierzo exist in two sizes: the small model is more like a photo frame or card holder, while the large model can be use as a desk seperator.