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Women's portraits

3/8/21

Highlighting a prism of feminity as vast as the creation one, we present eight women immersed in the world of design and decoration. An effervescence of passion for works and homes full of character, soul and freedom. 

Women who create, lead, collaborate, imagine, work, dream, doubt, fail, pursue their passions. Independent women, sisters, daughters, knowing or not the desire to be a mother, beings feeling like women, girl bosses, entrepreneurs, dreamers, artists, realists... All of them compose a feminine plurality full of richness.

On this 8th of March, we can underline this desire to assert their voice, their speech, their vision. This sisterhood that helps to moove forward. This strong and sensitive vision in a world that should offer itself to them. This feminine whole which forms the second part of our balance.

Having this parity at heart, wishing to promote a sharing made of listening, attention, we let you discover eight portraits of inspiring and inspired women, who bring their stone to the dense and complex edifice - in their image - of the design creation.
ANA KRAS, MORE THAN ONE STRING TO HER BOW

Designer, photographer, stylist, Ana Kraš never ceases to surprise us. A complete and accomplished artist, she works on a cross vision of creation. Born in Belgrade, she studied furniture design at the University of Applied Arts in Belgrade. Noticed in her last year of study, she exhibited a plywood chair at the Milan Furniture Fair as part of a competition. Since, based in New York, she brings her art by working on projects related to interior design, furniture, drawing and photography.
A true swiss army knife, she imagines tables as well as lampes, wallpaper and design work in parallel. Developing a particular atraction for techniques and traditionnal materials, she established a colorful universe, with simplified lines of drawing on paper. Influenced by Matisse, her work also echoes Morandi. One in other, results a unique abstract work.
Today internationally recognized, Ana Kraš has seen her creation featured in print, notably in the New York Times Style, as well as her plastic work presented all around the world.

CONSTANCE GUISSET, UNPARALLELED DESIGNER

A unique path for a unique designer. After few detours on the benches of Sciences Po and Essec, Constance Guisset joined Ensci-Les Ateliers from which she graduated nearly 10 years ago. Her success is almost immediate and the awards follow one after the other : Grand Prix du Design from the city of Paris, Design of the year at the Maison & Objet fair in 2010, among others.
Her collaborations are multiplying with French publisher- among them, Moustache and Petite Friture - Italian with De Castelli, and Chinese publisher. Also known for her scenography, she distinguishes herself with her surprising installations in the heart of exhibtions at the Arts décoratifs, at the Fondation Cartier and at the Delacroix museum.
Her singular creations create consensus, and are now best sellers in the design world, notably the Vertigo suspension of Petite Friture, to name but one. Today, from her Parisian studio, and with mostly female collaborators, she continue her eclectic work, where right angles do not exist.

Often, a shape takes place in my head at an unexpected moment.
INGA SEMPÉ, FREE AND SPONTANEOUS DESIGNER

After studiyng design at the National School of Industrial Creation in Paris, the French designer starts her international career with the Australian designer Marc Newson and then with the famous Andrée Putman. Wishing to deepen her technical knowledge, she then joined the Villa Médicis for a year.
From 2000, Inga works as a freelancer and exhibits at the Maison&Objet. Thanks to this, she will develop modular shelves Brosse for Edra. At the same time, she began a collaboration with Cappellini for whom she designed surprising lighting fixtures pleated polyamide textile.

Combining architectural structures, fluting and folding inspired by stationery and a touch of fantasy. Inga Sempé cultivates her singularity with a wide spectrum of creations. Young, lively, unpretentious, these pieces ranging from furniture to small objects, lighting, tableware and textiles make her a leading figure in contemporary design. Almost hundred objects to her credit, a twenty-year career, this unclassifiable independant artist has never ceased to amazed with her inventiveness and collaborate today with numerous brands. The fruit of her work also earned her the title of designer of the year in 2012, and is presented in renowned museums such as Pompidou Center, the National Museum of Stockholm and the museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.

Design is a discipline, not a style.
Steam Lamp
Sofa
MARIE MICHIELSSEN, A WORK CLOSE TO THE MATERIAL

Drawing her inspiration from the details of everyday life and the purity of form, the designer Marie Michielssen has been exploring the art of materials for over 20 years. Graduated in graphic arts, she founded her company in 1995 looking for a collaboration. She met Axel Van Den Bossche, one of the two founders of the brand Serax. This was the beginning of a beautiful agreement, since for more than twenty years, the artist has been a regular designer for the company.

Her pieces sublimate the beauty of authenticity, the roughness in it simple dress, as evidenced by her latest collections in paper mache and concrete, declined in a cream and terracotta palette. Vases, flower pots, cups, lighting fixtures... Her exploration of materials and craftmanship is continualy renewed over time. An eclectic whole, revealing her love for old or forgotten elements. With fluidity and harmony, her work is structured around natural and soothing colors. Primary forms, primitive colors, instinct, emotion are the master words of her creation.

Each element tells a story
Pawn
Earth
AMELIE DU PASSAGE, DIRECTOR OF BEAUTY AND ENCOUNTER

An unusual entrepreneurial adventure. After graduating from HEC, Amélie du Passage wanted to evolve in a cultural and creative universe and began a career with the Minister of Culture Jean-Jacques Aillagon before joining the FIAC as an exhibition manager.
Quickly, she founded the publishing house Petite Friture, a genuine springboard for new talents and gave shape to her attraction to beauty, to her desire to offer a young generation of designers the opportunity to be represented. And for 10 years now, the studio has been a reference in the field.
Full of audacity the founder rapidly became famous thanks to her crush for Constance Guisset, who had just graduated. From this meeting, the inevitable Vertigo suspension was born. Imagined as an incredible field of freedom and expression, Petite Friture responds to her desire of to be both demanding and inventive.
The name itself is intriguing: it echoes this light crackling, this vivacity of creation. Since 2009 Amélie du Passage has been promoting the richness of encounters and exchanges between collaborators, and offers its own aesthetic of contemporary design.

A virtuous tension between something bold in the design and an optimism.
JULIETTE MALLET, ILLUSTRATOR OF THE REGRESSIVE

An artist at heart, Juliette Mallet has been immersed in a creative universe since chilehood, having grown up alongside a painter and stylist mother, musician father and a sculptor brother. After studying design and illustrations at the Arts Déco of Paris and then in Tokyo, a city she fell in love with, she trained in jewelry at the Ecole Boulle in Paris.
Multidisciplinary, she founded Coucou Suzette in 2013 and quickly made a name for herself with her colorful creations and a frank design. From the made in France printed shoe to the affriant box with a feminine silhouette, she sends an inclusive and resolutely contemporary message.
A whirlwind of energy, the creator and illustrator thus present a universe that is both playful and commited, spontaneous, inspiring, vibrant. Tom-Tom et Nana comic book inspirations are mixed with cinematographic ones like Demoiselles de Rochefort, glitter, flowers, colors, regressive.

ANNE-SOPHIE BOUCARDEST, EDITOR OF MINIMALISM

Designer at first, Anne-Sophie Boucardest has developed her own label of furniture and lighting by designing minimal pieces of a great lightness. She presented her collections in Saint Martin de Ré for four years before self-publishing her own creations. The house An°so Design is thus born in 2017.
Made in France, her creations are based on their simplicity, aestheticism and functionality. She draws a soothing, harmonious universe, surrounding herslef with raw and natural materials, as the H armchair made of a single piece of vegetable-tanned and her lights combining cane and linen. The designer's taste for pure contemporary lines and neutral, timeless tones. A design without frills, halfway between scandinavian and bohemian aesthetics.

TRINE ANDERSEN, A SCANDINAVIAN SIGNATURE

Rising star of Scandinavian design, Trine Andersen has made a name for herself with her creations taht express both the graphic and traditional Scandinavian aesthetic. It all started in 2005 when she renovated her house. Failing to find wallpaper of her dreams, she decided to create it. The first Firm Living collection was launched in 2006. From wallpapers with sophisticated patterns thanks to her specialization in graphic design, a multitude of decorative objects follow.
The Danish publishing house has been very successful and now include furniture, lighting and children's products. The founder has a particular talent for reinterpreting retro designs and element inpired by nature. Her creations revisit with modernity and power the traditional graphic expression of the Scandinavian style. Natural materials, a taste for minimalism and a twist that make the difference... The creator ensures a refined and contemporary look.

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