Today, our society is facing rapid urbanization leading us to settle in smaller and pricier housing. On top of that, our main concern is to learn how to face a lack of natural resources, and the consequences of our overexploitation of it.
It is in this context that I came up with the design of these three pieces of furniture. As an answer to smaller homes constraints, and also using relatively little material, they offer simple and flexible solutions to different scenarios. The design focuses on refined profile, on the beauty of raw material and demonstrates traditional wood working know-how.
In a context of fast-paced lives and overloaded homes, Nine offers an elegant and seamless design for those in need to slow their rhythm down and disconnect from their busy days. With its organic curves, a frame close to the floor and a comforting Swiss wool envelop, Nine is an invitation into a soft, soothing and cloudy atmosphere. Appearing as a white cloud with discrete bedside tables, built-in bench as well as many hidden drawers, Nine seeks to be essentially intimate and reassuring yet offering many functions without the feeling of a cluttered space.
As the hands of a clock can become stressful, I imagined a clock which would only witness time passing by with its frame. Deconstructed into three motorised elements turning on the same rhythm, the clock is a constantly evolving shape. After an introduction to the watchmaking world at Vacheron Constantin, my project turned to the guillochage technique. Juggling with video making and graphic research, and playing with watch movements were all the different creation processes I went through to achieve this project.
Project exhibited at SIHH 2016.
Eclipse Rachel Suming
Patchwork & Muffin Top
After a visit at their factory, Baccarat asked to reinterpret their iconic carafes. The challenge was to innovate though using their existing molds and traditional know-how. My two carafes use their engraving knowledge and the mold insert technique.
This project started with a one-week workshop with shoes designer and consultant Joaquim de Callataÿ. I chose to work on the material with a graphic approach. I used laser cutting technique as a way to work on both softness and rigidity. But it also allowed me to play with transparency through the graphic cuts. Thanks to laser technique, leather becomes a more malleable material though still rigid where the laser has burnt the skin. The project results in a small leather goods collection with graphic laser cuts as to help folding the material and to reveal the inside in a subtle way.
The disposable bamboo tees are detachable whenever you need one. And the D-I-Y recycled paper tees as a single pad are foldable in different heights to suit your preference.
Récit de forêt
For Fall 2014, Hermès chose the theme «Metamorphosis» for its window displays. To design the Zurich five shop windows, I imagined short tales set in the wood during autumn. Through those five windows, we step into a forest to witness men who just robbed Hermès objects. Their theft led them to turn into animals and adopt their natural behaviours. Those windows are set up as a theater scene: caracters half mannequins half animals wander in a forest of paper trees.
The latest food trend is to reinterprete street food: to eat on the go but with quality ingredients. Following that trend, the Rémy Martin Nomade moves during private nights or clubs to prepare a minute cocktail from fresh ingredients and Rémy Martin cognac. My project draws its inspiration from hawkers. Applied to Rémy Martin universe, I designed an usherette tray with Rémy Martin identity but with a more mobile and younger approach. We can find the idea of “mixology” when the house of cognac codes meet a more actual use: the oak and copper tray echoes Rémy Martin casks and the leather straps to wear it echoes the street hawker.
Project exhibited during Paris Design Week 2014 at Silvera B&B Italia Showroom.
In the context of a partnership with Francis Kurkdjian, the French perfumer let us carte blanche to interpret his company codes and find new ways to discover his creations. Inspired by childhood universe, I created a family of perfumed toys that reinterprete classic perfume diffusers. The selected project is a trio of weebles in brass, matt ceramic and wood. The brass part is to be brushed by the tip of the finger, the ceramic part wears the perfume and the wood spheric base leads the whole object to wobble and diffuse the perfume
Interior design consultancy for Chinese restaurant La Barquette