Wednesday, July 05, 2006

french connection

great designers are not made overnight. under the tutelage of a great mentor, a novice designer's sheer skill and talent are nurtured and instinctively honed. in fashion, giorgio armani worked under the watchful eyes of gianfranco ferre, donna karan bloomed under the wings of erstwhile dame of fashion, ann klein. the list goes on.

enter patrick jouin. talented in his own right, this designer-at-large had trained and worked with one of the best. he worked for philippe starck. as his c.v. states in his own website, the designer had worked with starck from 1992 to 1999, collaborating initially with thomson media and then working full-time at starck's own studio. however, jouin's prominence in the field of design solidified with the launching of his SOLID furniture line at the maison et object show in paris in 2004. what set him apart from the other exhibitors, aside from the superfluos appeal of his work, is the manufacturing process which he took in building the furniture. the process was non-traditional and pioneering in many ways. dubbed as stereolithography, whereby the manufacturing information is digitally processed then a laser machine is used to 'sculpt' the details, the result is astoundingly out-of-this-world to say the least.

the above photos show jouin's versatility in design: top photo is a shot of the interior of a nightclub cum restaurant called chlosterli in switzerland; bottom photo is an earthenware collection jouin designed for the company gien, middle photo is the designer with his solid creation.

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