regional roundup paris: part 3 (of 4)


maison & objet, paris’s premier home and style show just finished up over the weekend, but here goes part 3 of our regional roundup: paris. check out food designer julie rothhahn, textile designer lily latif, the beautiful classifications of lyndie dourthe, more great patterns from atelier lzc and beautiful furniture with a modern twist by etc. creations. CLICK HERE for the full feature. thanks again to all the amazing designers who participated! stay tuned for part 4 coming soon… –anne

p.s. miss part one and two? catch them here and here.

[ile de la cite sketch by maral sassouni]

Julie Rothhahn

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I live in Paris where I was born.

2. Describe your work
I am a food designer. Our relationship with food is as perplexing as it is passionate.  I try to consider food as a material with all its contradiction…

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
I live in France – country of gastronomy, what else? Food is so important here, I can’t stop thinking about it…

4. Where do you go Paris when you want to feel inspired?
I like to go to “La Grande épicerie de Paris”, a crazy market.

5. How would you describe the Paris design scene?
abundant, generous

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

website: Julie Rothhahn

Lily Latifi

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I come from Tehran in Iran. I live and work in Paris since 1990.

2. Describe your work
I’m a textile designer and I specialize in contemporary textiles for interior design. In all my works I try to combine grace, elegance and discretion with a high degree of functionalism and technicality. I think that there is more to fabrics than being mere decorative elements. That is why I design each panel to measure, taking in mind the architecture and light of the space it is to be used in.

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
In all my creations, I combine the eastern and the western, the modern and the traditional, the industrial and the hand made, the masculine and the feminine, the natural and the synthetic. So I guess I nourish from my adopted homeland (Paris) as much as I do from my mother land (Iran). I think it is a privilege to have a double cultural background.

4. Where do you go in Paris when you want to feel inspired?
I can be inspired by just about anything especially everyday stuff: it can go from small art exhibitions, to cinema, to vegetables, French cheese and bread. No kidding…

5. How would you describe the Paris design scene?
Rather dull as far as textiles goes. I think there are a lot more happening in the UK or in Japan than in France.

6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
Istanbul in Turkey. I love this city as much as I do Paris.

website: Lily Latifi

Lyndie Dourthe

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I ‘m from France, and I’m 28. When I was a teen, I lived 10 years in Nice (in the south-east of the country near Italy), but now, I live in Paris (for 10 years). I work in Aubervilliers, a suburban city north of Paris.

2. Describe your work
Je suis une “chercheuse”… I am a “researcher” … I like working with different papers and textiles (cotton & silk) and the “non-woven” which is a material between paper and fabric … it’s my favorite one!
I create, I classify, I number and organize my own specimens: botany, animals, insects, human anatomy, and other curiosities which are the inspiration of the moment … I present them in small painted boxes, under glass or globe. The presentation is very important! I am like an “explorer” who returns from a trip and presents the findings.  All my creations are unique or mini-series, made by me, from A to Z. Each collection has a color box that belongs to it: green for Anatomy, blue birds, yellow-anise for mushrooms, for example. I try to regularly renew the collections, some disappear, others on going … and it is most important to not get bored!

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
Like a lot of Parisians, I live in a small apartment, without garden and without a lot of nature around, but it’s this lack of nature I try to re-create but in my own way, in my work.  I take a lot of pictures in the public garden for example – flowers, trees… and I like observing how people bring nature home on their terraces, balconies, sidewalks,  etc … it’s a lot of information, and details for my inspiration.

4. Where do you go Paris when you want to feel inspired?
To feel inspired, I go at one of my favorite place in Paris, le “Jardin des plantes“.  It’s a public garden, with different museums around. You have a great botanic garden, a zoo, and natural history museum. For me, this place is the perfect mix between science and poetry!

5. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
To Japan!

website: Lyndie Dourthe

Barbara Z, Atelier LZC

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
We are from Paris and live between Paris and Montreuil (a close suburb).

2. Describe your work
We are 3 creators working together on patterns to embellish the home and fashion.

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
We want to give a touch of poetry at nature to our urban environment.

4. Where do you go Paris when you want to feel inspired?
Dans les musées ( Le Musée des Arts décoratifs, La Fondation Cartier, Le Centre G. Pompidou ), les bibliothèques ( La Bibliothèque Forney ), les jardins ( Le Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Jardin des Plantes )…

5. How would you describe the Paris design scene?
Design in Paris = very heterogeneous, crosses between fashion and the home, hybrid…

6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
To the moon to see the sky’s view of the earth!

website: Atelier LZC

Magali Jeambrun, Etc. Creations

1. Where are you from? Where do you live now?
I’m from Maîche, a small town in Franche comté, far east of France. I lived in Strasbourg, Lyon and Paris while studying and I’ve been back to my home town for 4 years. My workshop is here.

2. Describe your work
My first work is revisiting classical furniture (mostly of Louis XVI ) by adding modern materials like Plexiglas. I use different techniques to transform the plastics: sanding, etching, laser cutting molding… I like to manage the colors of fabrics and the different types of fabrics that are not usual on classical pieces to make them “fresh.” I’m working now on a new range of furniture (mainly tables) that I design with no base or reference, where graphic aspects are more important.

3. How is your work influenced by where you live?
I’m inspired by the furniture I grew up with in my parents home. For the first collection, I chose the Louis XVI style because everybody had an armchair or table from this period in its family. I’ve always been attracted to things from the past. I wanted to mix this reminder of collective past with something absolutely new like modern plastics or fabrics. All my wood structures are traditionally made in the region of Vosges, which neighbors my own region. I like the idea that French kings were making their chairs in the same place than me! Contrary to what one might think, the craftsman there are glad to see new ideas coming, even if there technique is the same since hundreds years. The savoir faire you can find there is just incredible. Unfortunately, the workshops are closing one after other due to the low cost manufactures in the developing countries. . . For the new line, I take my inspiration by mixing old patterns (it can be 30’s or 70’s) with modern designs. It has no particular inspiration from my living place, just pushing up the talent of my friends and handcrafters who work with me.

4. Where do you go Paris when you want to feel inspired?
First of all, Paris has a special atmosphere that you can find anywhere in the city. All influences are crossing here. Creativity is everywhere and on any support: music, graphic design, clothes… The town is big enough and draws so much people that anything can come alive and find a following. That’s why you can find so many things. But curiously, the spirit of this town is much pregnant when you lost yourself in the small unknown streets. I don’t like the famous places and prefer the unusual details of a forgotten statue or old grocery.

5. How would you describe the Paris design scene?
In my opinion there is no particular style in Paris, just so many influences that cross to make something unique, with this little hype touch. What is fantastic with the Paris’s scene is that it is constantly revitalized. Every day you can find something new, every day you can find a new work direction that’s why you can see the best but the worst too.

6. If you could go anywhere where would you go?
My brother lives on a small island in Indonesia, so nothing to do with design…

website: Etc. Creations

  1. Loora says:

    I totally agress with Lily Latifi, when she says the Parisian textile scene is dull. Apart from Ikea, noone does modern, affordable textile. Shops are still selling soft-colored multicolored synthetic sheets from the 80’s.

    I’m glad I discovered etc’s creations, but it appears very expensive. I can’t find prices on the site !

  2. Marlene says:

    Lovely designs from Atelier LZC.

  3. Swoon… I love Lily Latifi’s cutout panels; those are absolutely gorgeous. Once I have my own house I could see myself totally overspending on her work.

  4. Averill says:

    Grace, I’d love LOVE to see a London design guide — I’m making a trip across the pond in June and would love some insider advice regarding shops, eateries, etc. since I’m sure there’s a lot I don’t want to miss!

  5. curlyred says:

    Atelier LZC’s stuff is incredible. I want that plate! I miss Paris.

  6. Kathryn says:

    Thanks D*S, you have put together 3 great parts on Paris thus far, I have really enjoyed reading them, can’t wait for the final!

  7. I love that plate also. Is it porcelain or melamine?

  8. Lyz says:

    How, how, how do I purchase Lyndie Dourthe’s work here in the states?!

  9. Jenna says:

    The picture in the bottom right hand corner makes my eyes so happy :)

  10. fabi says:

    WOW!!! I’m just sad it’s ending… you don’t expect to see such a modern reading of the past like in etc. creations coming form france. but sometimes we guess it couldn’t come from anywhere else…

  11. fabi says:

    and what a beautiful sketch for cover of the article!!! la seine…

  12. Jennifer- I’m pretty sure it’s melamine based on their work in the past.

    Lyz- I can’t say I’ve seen Lyndie’s work in the States, but you could always email her directly from her website. Her work is really incredible!


  13. AnotherLady says:

    Super works! real art works to be wanted and admired at home.
    nice, girls^)


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