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Designed by Frédéric Saulou
Originally from Anjou, I examine the post-industrial heritage of local mineral matter and explore the realm of possibilities of creating functional designs for living spaces. I do this by examining history, minerals and their everyday impact on art and design. I recreate, democratize and accentuate slate and limestone as future heritages and, above all, as materials to reflect on. I am passionate about combining artisanal and industrial know-how for creative purposes, reinterpreting material in a formal and conceptual manner with the aim of reevaluating it on another scale - that of contemporary design.
“Domestiquer” (Domesticate) is a project that aims to reintegrate heritage with the author’s design process, fuelled by encounters of creative and economic thought with partners and collaborators. I explore and combine the industrial and artisanal units of production in a given region in order to design a constructive, social and meaningful project. This gives rise to new ways of applying mineral matter and stone craftsmanship, which are constantly evolving. Through my work, I study the adaptability of hybrid objects to the domestic world fuelled by transmitting thoughts and knowledge.
The means of artisanal and industrial production inexorably influence form and are the technical and aesthetic extension of the shaping of the object, a reflection of a mastered and successful piece of work that must last and adapt over time. From there, all the pieces strive towards a fair, mastered, simple and striking design, giving pride of place to raw materials and tools. In this way I combine the tools of production and create parallels between the arts and the digital dimension. The result is the equation of techniques and constraints to strive for a volume created at two speeds but simultaneously, allowing for the projection of volumes to be interpreted in two ways.
About the designer
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.