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Frédéric Saulou

French Designer Frédéric Saulou, born in 1989, come from in Applied Arts formations and French academy of Fine Arts to complet and write his personal vision.In 2013, Frédéric Saulou founded his workshop, an independent and multidisciplinary design and consulting studio that sees design as a space for research and exchange that allows him to develop a sensitive approach to forms and materials.

Experimentation and research take precedence over his work in order to think of new materials and new uses. This accompanies his daily approach so that each project is conceived as a sculpture in its own right, between simplicity and technicality. His approach guides him towards a global approach but also unique in his creations, thus creating particular interactions between the user and the material, between know-how craftsmanship and industrial techniques, between poetic and expresif design.

Frédéric works on various projects, from objects to space, in series or limited editions and collaborates with prestigious institutions, brands and galleries. Since few years, his works concentrated specifically on development and research applied the ornamental and architectural stones univers.


The use of traditional materials is no coincidence. In the past, and still today, these materials have proved their worth and are firmly present in history. However, as time goes by and materials and know-how multiply, these minerals sometimes considered as “poor” become dated and I try to evoke the origin of their use. As they were the basis of modern home designs dating from a certain era, I like to modestly pay homage to that era by reinventing them and giving them a new function. By redesigning their original function, they become objects and are included in domestic spaces.

Architectural references are part of this archeological work which creates a mise en abîme of the heritage of symbols of construction in symbiosis with the codes of modern works. The ensemble therefore creates a strong identity at the crossroads of modern objects and historical roots. The result is a mastered, simple and raw aesthetic, controlled but also naturally freed. The creations are made from natural resources, some are sometimes transformed by man to form a balance. The inspiration for the creations comes from architectural codes being used as a creative lever. My work must be timeless, like a lasting, solid construction. Through simple but constructed volumes, the immersion of material in space is pure, as if the object had always been there, as if it were part of the walls.

I prefer a visual, obvious and sometimes primitive style but I find it to be reassuring and striking. The round and decorative forms respond to the straight and pure lines by alluding to the periods of ornamentation to the streamlining of space of the 90s. The tools and lines can be interpreted as the new, modern but elementary, architectural forms, just like monolithic and geometric sculptures. The sparing use of resources is clearly evident in a monumental dimension reflecting the idea of the scale of space where habitat and environment mix.

Winner of Academie des Savoirs Hermès: La Pierre, Hermès corporate foundation (2023), Winner of the FD100 (2022), Acquisition by the Frac for the Fantasque mirro4 (2021), Acquisition by Mobilier National Paris of Console 03 for the hall of the Elyssée, 2020


La PIERRE “Academy of Expertise” Laureate, Hermès Corporate Foundation - 2023
“Bourse Matière” winner, Verracchia endowment fund - Versailles - 2022
Winner of FRENCH DESIGN 100, the 100 designers who shine internationally - Elysée, Paris - 2022
Acquisition by the FRAC (Regional Contemporary Art Fund) - Miroir Fantasque - Brittany - 2021
Acquisition by Mobilier National - Console 03 - Edition Archimobilier - 2020
Winner of design residency "IDPool Program" - Vista Alegre - Portugal - 2016
Winner of the “Suddenly Made” artist residency - Paris / Brussels - 2015
Winner of the "international porcelain coffee cup" competition - Limoges - 2015
Winner of the “Attisons le marble” competition – Monticule project – Caunes Minervois – 2013
Winner VIA helps with school projects - Cargo project - Paris - 2012
Special mention winner "Inner Design" Eco Creative Contest - Slate project - Milan - 2012
Winner of the competition "Living for object, object to inhabit" - bioclimatic architecture - 2011

Residential Homes

“Bourse Matière” residency, Verracchia endowment fund - Versailles (FR) - 2022
"Transhumance II" Art and Design - Philia & Numeroventi Gallery - Florence (IT) - 2022
“Transhumance” Art and Design - Galerie Philia - Sauvan (FR) - 2020
IDPool Design Program - Portugal (PT) - 2016
Suddenly Made - Brussels (BE) - 2015
"A look at mineral matter" Art and Design - Angers - 2014/2015


Solo show - "Pierre d'ici" - Galerie Philia - 2023 - Paris (FR)
Group show - "En tête à tête" - Objective with Narrative - 2023 - Anvers (BE)
Group show  - "Moving trace 08" - Gallery Atelier Ecru - Gend - 2023 - (BE)
Milan design Week 2023 - Group show with Galerie Philia - 2023 - Milan (IT)
Group show - "Doen" - Objective with Narrative - 2023 - Rotterdam (RO)
Lauréat Académie des savoir-faire HERMES, La Pierre - 2023 - Paris (FR)
Show - "Néo-Nomadisme" - Lake Como Design Festival - Galerie Philia - 17/25.09.22 - Côme (IT)
Group show  - "Jean Nouvelle, Racine Aériennes" - Galerie Philia - 15.10.22 - Nice (FR)
Group show  - "Magellan" - Gallery Atelier Ecru - 15.09.22 - Knokke (BE)
Lauréat Fondation Verracchia - Artiste residency in Versailles - August 2022 (FR)
Exhibition "Domestiquer collection" - Galerie 5 - Singapore - sept 2022 (SG)
Lauréat "French Design 100" - 100 designers qui rayonnent à l'international - L'Elysée Paris - (FR)
Acquisition Mobilier National - Console 03 - Paris (FR)
Acquisition Fond communal d'art contemporain, Rennes -  Fantasque Mirror - (FR)

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