William Boujon & Julien Benayoun, the creative duo of Bold-design, have a unique symbiosis based on collaborative creation. They set the tone when they launched their office in 2008. Their goal ? Boldly promote both the values of art and industry as well as those of skilled craftsmanship.
The office’s balance is based on complementary inspirations : while Julien prefers a conceptual vision of design, William is fascinated by manufacturing techniques. Their industrial design skills help them develop projects where the ornamental becomes functional : their shapes and objects often have a narrative context. Bold-design wants to communicate the “script” behind each of its creations. Sometimes, this even means building a project as one would construct a novel.
Each “script” has a structure, Bold-design’s mastery of techniques and materials comes to fruition as furniture, objects, exhibition and space layouts or artistic installations. The designs show a penchant for the graphic and pictorial arts, revealing poetic details anchored in a solid perspective for each project. Bold-design uses a hybrid, experimental approach, their creations take inspiration from our constant reinvention of everyday routines.
Marie Dessuant was born in 1984 in Paris. In 2008, she graduated with distinction from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg in product design (MA). She wrote a thesis about ‘Wandering in Daily Life’ and designed a collection entitled ‘Objets Vagues’. She then worked in Shanghai, collaborating with studios like Naço architecture and EXH. In 2010 she was awarded the Cinna-Ligne Roset design award ‘révélateur de talents’ for the ‘étagère de coin’, which is now produced by Cinna – Ligne Roset. From October 2010 to October 2011 she was a resident at Fabrica, the Benetton Group Communication Research Centre, in Italy. She lives and works in London where she manages the design studio at Another Country.
She envisions design as a way to observe her surroundings, a way of seeing, a way of showing. She experiments with a large scope of practices (product, furniture, space, graphic design, drawing, concept…) Beyond these forms, she is trying to develop new ways of interacting with objects. Using new typologies or modified details in traditional product, she is trying not to impose anything to the user, not to say too much, not to be too narrative. Her projects aim to raise questions rather than to give solutions.
Romain Voulet is a french designer based in London. His aim is to explore technological, scientific and conceptual possibilities to bring sense to his work.
He currently works as a product designer at Youmeus Design, but also interested in collaborative or freelance projects.
Komplot Design is a Copenhagen based design studio founded in 1987 by Danish architect Poul Christiansen and Russian-born designer Boris Berlin. Komplot Design works within the fields of industrial, graphic and furniture design and have distinguished themselves as one of the most innovative Danish design firms. Within furniture design, the designers have managed both to continue and renew Danish design tradition while being at the forefront of the latest international development. They have successfully experimented with new material technologies which have led to a long list of award winning design icons.
Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. Times magazine included Hayon as one of the 100 most relevant creators of our times and Wallpaper magazine has listed him as one of the most influential creators of the last decade. With offices in Italy, Spain and UK, Hayon’s main interest is to find challenges and new perspectives. His vision blurrs the lines between art, decoration and design bringing back a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture: creating furniture, product, interiors, sculptures and art Installations.
His unique style was first fully exposed in ‘Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ at London’s David Gill Gallery, followed by many exhibitions and installations set up in major galleries and museums worldwide. His concern for the conservation of craft skills and his way of challenging design has led him to develop renowned work for Baccarat, Fritz Hansen, The Groningen Museum, Bisazza, Bosa, La Terraza del Casino, Lladró, Magis, Established & Sons and Faberge among many others.
His influence and variety has received important International awards such as Elle Deco International Award 2006, Elle Deco Germany: ‘Best International Designer’ 2008, ‘BEST DESIGNER’ for ELLE DECO JAPAN in 2008, AD RUSSIA ‘DESIGNER OF THE YEAR’ 2009, MAISON OBJET DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2010. In 2008, Jaime was guest of honor at Belgium’s Interieur Biennial, the youngest person ever to receive the accolade.
The work of Fredrik Paulsen is based on an interest in urban manufacturing and often evolves from situation-specific contexts. His straightforward attitude toward furniture design shows in his pragmatic constructions and in his playful approach to typically mundane articles of hardware. Paulsen celebrates material and often shows off his love for off-the-shelf components; standard fittings and various flooring materials are used both for their functional and decorative qualities. This makes Paulsen’s furniture appear more like working prototypes than objects of mass production.
At the Royal College of Art, Paulsen began experimenting with techniques for coloring wood by making his own stains and testing the reactions of different types of wood to his various chemical solutions. He also researched methods of using the capillary action in wood to distribute stain. During this period, Paulsen developed a technique to create tie-dye effects on stained wood.
Paulsen’s work is driven by constant curiosity, which is expressed in his frequent collaborations with friends from different fields. He recently co-created an auction platform in Sweden for self-producing designers to sell independent work at the Örnsbergsauktionen (Swedish for the Örnsberg auction).