Every Maison & Objet fair provides an opportunity for young names in the world of design to present their work to professionals from around the world. For its September Paris edition Maison & Objet is highlighting six emerging designers, or pairs of designers. During the show you will find these particularly promising young designers at the heart of the Talents à la Carte space.
Born in Reims, northeast of Paris, in 1990 Gilles Neveu discovered his taste for drawing while studying architecture and interning in various architecture studios. Later on, he turned to object design and started his training at the Higher School of Design in Troyes. This newfound interest in the arts compelled him to go around Paris to gaze at the many masterpieces the city hosts. During his studies, he moved into the heart of Paris and started collaborating with Pierre Gonalons.
Gilles Neveu finds his inspiration in the famous Parisian auction room, Drouot. He is particularly interested in the applied arts of the 18th century. He marvels at the essence of the French savoir-faire of the time.
He went on to develop his personal approach and started questioning the concept of biomimetics, which has then become a significant aspect of his work. But first and foremost, his creative process begins by experimenting with materials, which determine the possibilities and the limits of the project.
Camille Riboulleau gained his experience as a designer during his travels. He worked for six months in Jerszy Seymour’s Berlin workshop. In the Netherlands, he joined Studio François Dumas, while developing his own projects on the side. His project entitled Sillon was selected to receive one of the 2015 Creation Assistance Award by VIA (a French association dedicated to developing the value of innovation in the furnishing industry).
Sillon is a collection of fun chairs, meticulously cut out from a single plastic sheet, which embodies the beauty of an optimised industrial production process. The designer uses low-cost materials, such as polypropylene. The chair addresses today’s most pressing issues, since the products can be melted and recycled when its life cycle is complete.
The lamp Halo Light is a hypnotic and celestial object. With it, Camille Riboulleau is looking to break the co-dependent relationship between light and the surface it reflects on, by assembling two neon glass rings.
Laura Lynn Jansen & Thomas Vailly
Since graduating with distinction from Design Academy Eindhoven, Laura Lynn Jansen has produced award-winning design projects. Her sensibility and fascination for detail allow her to find poetry in shapes and context. She now splits her time between various activities: advising internationally-renowned brands such as Desso, teaching a Masters program at an interior design school and carrying out her own research-based interior design projects.
Thomas Vailly’s fascination for processes and their implications developed while he was studying mechanical engineering in France. Since graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven, he has been busy experimenting with production process in different contexts. Only two years after graduation, he founded Studio Thomas Vailly with a focus on materials, processes and systems with applications for industrial design.
The different collaborations between Laura Lynn Jansen and Studio Thomas Vailly are based on their complementary approaches and views on product and interior design. Whether they are growing stone objects (CaCO3 stoneware)or investigating the colourful nature of light (101.86°), the signature of this collaboration is the great attention paid to natural phenomena.
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Arthur Gillet readily juggles his two career choices, as a performer and as a designer. Thanks to his recent collaboration with Cassina, he had the opportunity to take part in the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
Today, his experimentations lead him to combine the different arts he has mastered. After taking residence and doing a performance at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Val-de-Marne (MACVAL) in 2012, he puts his art at the service of the Keith Haring retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.
During an exhibition dedicated to male nudes at the Musée d’Orsay, he shows up entirely naked and sets Paris abuzz. This eccentric artist refuses to submit to rules. He pushes past the frontiers of graphical arts to create whole artistic experiences.
In 2011, he graduated with distinction from the Rennes School of Fine Arts.
Florian Dach & Dimitri Zephir
Florian Dach and Dimitri Zephir trained respectively at ESAAB in Nevers and Ecole Boulle, then met at the National Higher School of Decorative Arts in Paris. They recently placed first in the Cinna contest with their project Rite. Their approach is based on the observation of daily behaviours. They pay attention to things that are, how things take shape and build up and how people live, with the ultimate goal of understanding the almost mythical relationship between man and objects.
Both have a passion for Ettore Sottsass’ radical approach and their wide-ranging sources of inspiration (FormaFantasma, DoshiLevien/Benjamin Hubert, BIG-GAME) allow them to form a rich, eruptive and complementary theory. For Zephir, the themes of History, past and narrative are a recurring part of his creative process, while Dach, a more pragmatic mind, anchors his projects into real life much sooner, using his extensive knowledge of materials and processes. Both of them share common values — a passion for craftsmanship and a constant search for the meaning they want to give to their jobs as designers.
Célia Picard & Hannes Schreckensberger
Célia Picard and Hannes Schreckensberger met and bonded over a shared fascination for objects that embody the identity of the society by which they were produced. Set in the five continents, their experimental projects are tightly linked with local human and material resources. From China to South Africa, this design duo elaborates scenarios and strategies that toe the line between plastic arts and design.
Each of their creations is the product of a given environment. The Backdrop series uses stainless steel as a material representative of New York City: robust and impervious. The folds in the metal catch the light and reflect it like a promise made by the city. Some of their scenography work offers an interactive experience with the object displayed. The Gradin is a temporary installation for the exhibition entitled Conversations Electriques (Electrical Conversations) at the Centre for Contemporary
Culture, in Montpellier. This installation is a homage to phonebooks, which played an important part in society before they were rendered obsolete. The numerous copies put next to one another offer visitors the possibility to make a collective experience.
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We cannot wait to see all the marvels of Maison&Objet September edition!
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