In the office of… Matali Crasset, talented designer

In the office of… Matali Crasset, talented designer

The designer Matali Crasset is not in the desire to please at all costs, at the risk of abandoning on the way her convictions. This is what makes it one of the most gifted of its generation and also one of the most original. For her, the simply aesthetic object has no interest. The important thing is to find new logic, remove the superficial to get to the point. Her latest projects, her career, reveal her state of mind, just like what gave birth to her the desire to do this job. You have to imagine her as a child, in a small village where she does not feel the need to make things happen, but to understand them. Objects for example. She sees them in a certain way, and quickly realizes that her gaze is not that of others. So more than the form, what interests him is the function. How she and the "others" will use the object. Basically, she quickly decided that "living together" was her priority. In his office, this profession of faith is a reality. It is installed in a beautiful courtyard in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. Of those who hide their game well in the popular and lively streets of the capital. As soon as you cross the porch, enter the code, and pass the second grid, it's another world. The giant bamboos delimit the spaces where we guess workshops and lofts. It's chic and trendy, some would say. Unless it is simply redesigned, to live together. Behind one of the elegant bay windows, Matali Crasset works with his team. We can see it, leaning over a computer. No wonder, it is an essential object in his daily life, like the tablet or the Smartphone, and for a long time. "You shouldn't be afraid of technology, but tame it," she said. A working base. Example, his last lamp , where concrete is combined with LEDs, for an object that has a lot to do with a sculpture in the end.
Hanging point lamp by matali crasset for Concrete by LCDA. Photo credit: Denis Adams, Courtesy Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie After the office space itself, you simply enter Matali and Francis, companion and collaborator. They work and live in the place. In this, the designer's discourse also holds in his way of life. "You cannot dedicate an area of ​​your house to a particular thing. The living room for example. The boundaries between the professional and the staff are changing." Here everything is linked, we serve a coffee next to the shelves of books and on the fridge can be enthroned a xerography of the Italian artist Bruno Munari , author of children's books, which have become cult objects.
Xerography of Bruno Munari . Photo credit: DR In this multi-function space, private without being so, the point of union remains the table; in fact several tables, to be disunited if necessary, on which we read, we draw, we eat ... It is a meeting point. So the office plays extensions. In front of a pile of journals, a prototype of the Double Side reminds that design is everywhere. Side table, chair, or seat with tablet, the Double Side transforms according to the situation and perfectly reflects the Matali Crasset style. "I love working in small spaces" confirms the lady and her furniture responds to this new societal order.
Prototype of the Double Side, editor Danese . Photo credit: DR Objects too. Example the set of trays created for Alessi . Neither round nor square, each tray is designed with several sides, a bit like the map of France. The idea is that of the territory that we mark with the things asked. It is also a medium for conveying messages such as "let's take care of our common spaces. And let's share." She underlines.
Tray set created for Alessi . Photo credit: DR On the sharing side, this also involves music, especially if the CD is an object close to its codes. She just discovered Punkt by Canadian Pierre Lapointe , and appreciates his talents as a songwriter as much as the cover also designed by him. What is obvious is color, one of her modes of expression. And then it's happy, and free. Notions that she transmits in particular through her projects for the CROUS. In agreement with the universities, it has redesigned university restaurants or, like in Orleans and Toulouse, imagined the Mini M, mini supermarkets in which students do their shopping.
Punkt album by Canadian Pierre Lapointe . Photo credit: DR She already told us, she likes working on small spaces and excels in this category. This does not prevent large projects. Latest: The Wheat Grass School in Trébédan. A story where sharing, the desire to change things, the artistic, the environmental and the participative are linked. All this in a small village of three hundred inhabitants, who did not want to lose his school. Giving everyone the means to take things in hand, is the main theme of this utopia in which she participated. And we come back to living together, the circle is complete.