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regional roundup paris: part 1 (of 4)

seven years ago i fell in love with a paris as a student studying abroad. little did i know going into it that those three and a half months would inspire me to becoming a graphic designer. today we all know paris as the fashion capital of the world, but when it comes it design, i could only name a few designers off the top of my head. so today i’m so excited to share the latest in the regional roundup series: paris! today is just the start, with part one. throughout the roundup be sure to take the time to explore, as some of these designers have the most fantastically creative websites i’ve seen in awhile, not to mention great work. we’ll be back on friday with part two, and bringing it full circle next week. so without further ado, la cerise sur le gateau, 2,rouge, antoine + manuel, la maison de liouba, and bob design. CLICK HERE for today’s full roundup! [paris pattern by atelier lzc . . . stay tuned to their feature in part 3] -anne

Anne Hubert, La Cerise sur le Gateau

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?

I am from Normandy (west France), and I live part time in Paris (center), and Alsace (east France).

2. Describe your work

I am a textile designer and last year I created  “la cerise sur le gateau.” It’s a textiles brand that produces off beat and poetic accessories for the home. Mixing French tradition with customizing, cotton tea towels, bed linen, table cloths, napkins and accessories are full of humor, with a modern twist. The playful prints use fluorescent colours and images nostalgic of France.

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?

All my collections are very personal, and where I live influences me a lot. I love customizing the French traditional materials. Fluorescent colors, patterns coming from fashion, dress, shoes… that is the Paris touch. Using the vichy, napkins “miam” [yum in English] part of my pictures are done there in small “cabins” by the seaside. And in Alsace, center of the traditional textile in France, I produce part of my collection – here it’s the quality of materials, which really matters for me. I learn a lot there. In the last collection I even made two tea towels, one with the Eiffel tower and the other with a stork (emblem of Alsace). It’s a bit a private joke, but I like it this way. What is interesting is to put all this influences together in a box, mix it and open it…

4. Where do you go in Paris when you want to feel inspired?

I just drive my scooter through the streets and breathe the air…

5. How would you describe the Paris design scene?

A mixture of a traditional Paris and of the energy of young designers…That’s my Paris!

6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?

I would spend more time in Tokyo; this town is so electric….

website: La Cerise sur le Gateau

book: The Left Bank Look

Caroline, 2,Rouge

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?

I am from the bubbles country, the Champagne Area and have been living in Paris for 12 years now.

2. Describe your work

My work is colorful, enthusiastic and poetic, spontaneous, rigorous, either way in space or image.

I tend to erase frontiers between decoration, graphic design, illustration and painting.

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?

I live in a big city where life is bursting out. My work is trying to catch this effervesce, in its generality or particularity. Texts, drawings and colors are mixed and shaken to achieve an acrobatic choreography full of life.

4. Where do you go in Paris when you want to feel inspired?

To me, the best way to get inspiration is to sit and work. The more you do things, the more you are inspired.

5. How would you describe the Paris design scene?

I would say few people dare to take risks. :-) Thankfully I’ve met some!

6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?

Tokyo!

website: 2, Rouge

Manuel Warosz and Antoine Audiau, Antoine + Manuel

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?

We both were born in France – Antoine in Paris, Manuel in the center of France (Auvergne, the volcano region). We now live and work in Paris (the Marais district).

2. Describe your work

Very illustrative, with a lot of drawings in various techniques: felt tip, lavis, gouache, computer-made… sometimes, we make decor that we photograph. [check out the new book!]

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?

We’re inspired by Paris of course, but I’m not sure you can really see it. Probably, it’s more a feeling than actual things. I think we are very French, even if our work is international.

4. Where do you go in Paris when you want to feel inspired?

In our bed! I often find my inspiration in a state between awakeness and sleep. And also when we walk in the streets. Walking helps inspiration.

5. How would you describe the Paris design scene?

As France is a very centralized country, the majority of skilled people have to come in Paris. I think you can find a lot of very talented creators here. It’s a cliché, I know, but you can say that fashion comes from here for centuries.

6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?

I’m in love with New York, as are a lot of French people. I’m not very original. Places like Barcelona, and Italian cities are wonderful too. I guess there are a lot of other amazing places to live in.

website: Antoine + Manuel

book: 10 years of Antoine+Manuel

exhibit: Museum of Decorative Arts, January 15 – April 12, 2009

Aurélia Jourist/Liouba, La Maison de Liouba

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?

I was born and raised in the east of Paris, in the 20th arrondissement. I’m not a great traveler!

2. Describe your work

I am a textile designer and silkscreen printer. I created a range of home linen four years ago.

I do lots of drawing with a steel nib. Some of the drawings I print on textile, using the silkscreen process. The specificity of my work is that everything is done by hand, because my drawings are very delicate, with fine lines like engraving and couldn’t be printed using industrial techniques. My work themes are mainly memories. My family is from Eastern Europe and my inspiration comes from their tales, their behavior and beliefs.

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?

My workshop is my most important inspiration because it is where I grew up with my grandparents. They used to work here when they were tailors. This place is my world, I spend most of my time here and take refuge here whenever I can during the day.  People who inspire me when I doubt :  Léon Bakst, Kiki Smith, Keiko Minami and St Exupéry. I often work listening to Prokofiev’s Pierre et le loup in the background – I often draw with this story as my companion.

4. Where do you go in Paris when you want to feel inspired?

In the garden above my workshop.

5. How would you describe the Paris design scene?

It is an immense, stimulating and accessible hive!

6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?

In Captain Nemo’s cabin on the Nautilus.

website: La Maison de Liouba

Laurent Baulé, Bob Design

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?

Born in Marseille, grew up in La Drome [a region in southern france] and now i live and work in Panama.

2. Describe your work

My work surrounds the everyday.

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?

I have overcome all of the influences one is faced with in a large city.

4. Where do you go in Paris when you want to feel inspired?

Le Marais

5. How would you describe the Paris design scene?

There is not a lot to describe, it’s the cosmopolitan wealth of the city in which design, like the other domains, brings freshness.

6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?

To the Vercors [French Alps]

website: Bob Design

myspace: Bob Design

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17 Comments

lieke

i love the freshness and the use of colour in the designs! right now i am going t look how to get those lamps!! thanks!

Uncle Beefy

Okay, I’ll admit it, Grace. If these people were being profiled for their skills at box folding or envelope licking I’d be smitten. Yes, my love of Paris is that strong. Sue me. ;)

Heather

These designers blur the lines between what is art, design, illustration and living. Their work is so inspiring and alive!

Nidhi

I just got back from an amazing 6 days in Paris and this roundup is making me so nostalgic. All of the designers are so inspiring, just like Paris itself!

Loora

Thank you so much Grace ! I’m so happy I got to discover designers from my own country ! I had never heard their names… La maison de Liouba does particularily beautiful things. I’m waiting for their site to reopen, and if they are within my budget, I’m sure to shop there !

Just to correct a tiny mistake: la Drôme is in the South of France. Think Provence, lavender, hot sun and houses lost in the mountains. I’m in the North, and it’s cold, frozen mist and fifty types of rains…

Fabienne

Hi. Thank you for this great interview. It’s interesting and inspiring.

I just wanted to point to a small typo you made in the 3rd photo (anne-name.jpg): you wrote “La cerise sur le gateux” – gateux means “senile” or “gaga” in French – it’s not the same as gateau, although a delicious gateau might make you gaga ;-)

ali herrmann

the 2,rOgue work….love the color combos and the opacity within the colors too…these pieces make me think of lusciously delicious and creamy ice cream…31 flavors anyone?

fabi

WHAT A WONDERFUL ROUND UP!!! i had very little idea of the state of the art in design in france, even though i’ve always been passionate about french and parisian culture…
this round up turned out to be as magic as paris itself! can’t wait to see the rest of it!

Rachel H.

I am going to Paris in March, and I am so excited to have a slight design perspective! Anyone have any “non-touristy” tips?

maralina

What a great round-up! I especially love Antoine + Manuel. There’s one bit where they say they’re inspired by Paris “but not sure you can really see it”… Well, I can! Their most famous pieces really remind me of a Métro map diagram, which all of us here see several times a day… so clever!
One other remark. Bob Design says he’s “living and working in Panama”. Well, “Paname” is slang for Paris (like saying “Frisco” for SF)… unless he is actually in Central America??? Je n’en sais rien, moi…
Again, great series…looking forward to the next episodes!

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