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Who said that French design was over? For almost one decade, the French design explodes, we are discovering new talents again and again. They are coming from industrial design, product design, interior design training. They worked for celebrities in the industry and finally, they launched there own business and succeed. On this article, I invite you to discover those talents that will represent french design internationally soon.
It is during one of our trip to the South of France that we discovered Margaux Keller, a young designer from Marseille. Her universe is in appearance powdered, sweet and delicate. However, if we look at the details, suddenly, something extraordinary crazy crop up! Margaux Keller is designing interiors, but not only, but she is also creating pieces. The lines are minimalistic, but the pieces are visually extremely detailed. There is the aesthetic, the usefulness and the concept. Margaux is among this new generation of designers that explore her art and try to create an emotion for the spectator. Let’s take a look at her work :
Her work for the boutique of the perfumer Gellé Frères, on which one she tried to recreate a French boudoir for the ladies. The company founded in 1826, was originally the official perfumer of the French queens among who Queen Marie Antoinette.
The Eileen Console was created for the Parisian gallery “En attendant les barbares” and was inspired by the Irish designer Eileen Gray. Here is an example of the product design skills of Margaux Keller.
But Margaux Keller isn’t working exclusively with pink colours. You have here an example of her work for the hairdresser from Marseille Pascal Lancien.
With Désormeaux and Carrette, we go to another universe. The style is much more industrial and the objective is to create a product that can be mass-produced. The forms are flexible and sober, while the colours are acidulous and flashy.
The two young designers met in their first year of Product Design school in Lyon in 2006. After a master at the Strate College of Paris and an international experience in London on the studio of Benjamin Hubert, they finally open their studio in 2014. The industrial approach of Nathanaël and the creative approach of Damien are completely complimentary.
The aim of their work isn’t to create an emotion for the spectator but to bring aesthetic to the technicity. The first step of the work is to deconstruct the object and then, rebuilt it in an aesthetical way. By this process, they can show off an incredible technicity mixed with a delicate and soft appearance.
Dimitri Zephir and Florian Dach meet each other at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris and decide to unite forces for their final year project. From that moment they will never get separated. The final year project is a success, they obtain the congrats of their jury. “La figure de l’autre” is the story of the migrations waves that arrived in France from the 20th century: Spanish, Portuguese, Algerian and Polish. Composed by an object, a writing edition and a map, their work is a reflection about the history and the cultural heritage of the migrations in France.
In 2013, they win the CINNA price for the coat hanger RITE for Ligne Roset. In 2015, Maison&Objet select them among their new talents and they are chosen to represent France for the 40th birthday of Tectona in 2016. In 2015, it was already decided, they were going to make a part of the way together.
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Ionna Vautrin goes out of the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in 2002. To increase her skills she decides to go abroad and to work in Spain for Camper and to Italy with George J. Sowden. Coming back to France she is going to work successively for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. 9 years later, with strong training, a built experience and the creation price of the city of Paris, she finally open her own studio.
From the creation of her studio, Ionna Vautrin worked for well-known French brands like Dior, the SNCF, JCDecaux or Moustache, creating childish objects full of sweetness. The design is truly industrial but the lines are bent and the colours are powerful. The design of the objects needs to be simple and evident but the forms need to be surprising and organic.
Before being a designer, Koska is an artist. Coming from a family which own a renovation company, Koska will develop an avant-garde spirit and decide to enter the prestigious school Boule in Paris in 2011 to follow a cabinetmaker training. Koska like the pureness of the materials, he is a follower of the waste recycling and transforms unused objects into design objects. I let you take a look at some of his creations:
The Coco lighting is in a way, the toy of Koska. He invented it and since, don’t stop to re-imagine its design, its colours or its size. The first edition was in concrete, then he launched an oak version. He created a small version of the light but also an XXL format. Now he decided to paint it in plenty of colours, yellow, red or blue. This new collection is called Coco Méditerranée.
Koska isn’t only an experimental designer, he is also experimenting with new concepts as the Junk Shop he opened in the ancient house for young people in Bellême. This place regroups a junk shop, a youth hostel for 12 people, a teahouse with a view of the forest, an exhibition space and a reception space for weddings or events. If you have the pleasure to visit this amazing place, you will see an old piano from the 20’s, a pinball machine, a pool table are again a collection of African masks.
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As a kid, she wanted to become an inventor to create plenty of unusual objects. Seeing that this dream was impossible to realise, Dorothée will decide to orientate her training on industrial design. This the period of the glorious hours of Philip Starck and its experimental creations. Following this training, Dorothée will work as a global designer for an agency for 6 years. Finally, in 2009, aged 27, she opens her own agency CHZON. The adventure starts.
Since the creation of her agency, Dorothée’s style is defined as vintage with néo-rustic touch. She is mainly working in hotels, restaurants or bars. The last born is the Hotel des Grands Boulevards from the Experimental Group in Paris. The building created just before the French Revolution was entirely redecorated with a mix of styles and periods. Inspired by the origins of the building, she mixed noble materials and raw materials, interiors and exteriors. Let’s take a look at her last work:
Here we can see the Meilichzon’s touch with this canopy bed. Pink or green, she introduced them in the rooms of the hôtel giving an amazing vintage style.
The mix between the interior and the exterior is here obvious. The roof lets the light entering fully inside this vintage bar.
Soft pink for a girly bathroom in a néo-rustic style. All the rooms have a different appearance but everything breathe a perfect coherence. Dorothée Meilichzon is also the author of the Hotel Panache inspired from the Flatiron Building in New York. Here there she decides to mix retro and Parisian chic with geometrical forms, drilled hearts or arrows everywhere. Let’s take a look:
It is almost sure that it is the beginning of a long and pleasant adventure for all of them. They are from different background and come from all over the country and they make the French design shinning again around the world.
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