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Rencontre avec : Warren & Laetitia

Warren and Laetitia met on the benches of the Panthéon-Sorbonne University, then left to study at the University of Strasbourg. After obtaining their master's degree in design, Waren trained in the agency of the architect and designer Antoine Phelouzat in Paris, Laetitia cut her teeth with the industrial designer Irena Übler in Portugal. In 2018, they decided to work together and founded the studio warren & laetitia.

Muuuz: When and why did you choose to create your design studio together?
Warren and Laetitia: We decided to join forces in 2019, one year after we finished our studies. Following our respective professional experiences, we felt the need to create our own design studio and wanted to continue working together as we had been able to do several times during our studies.

What objects did you start by imagining and making?
Our first object imagined together for our studio is the saucer for plants called "flocflac". Today edited by batch.works, this object is not manufactured by our studio. Our first self-published item is the 2.20 Double Candle Holder.

You mainly manufacture 3D printed objects from recycled and recyclable materials. Why did you choose this mode of production?
At first, we did not consider 3D printing as a mode of production. This is also why the Flocflac saucer has evolved between the prototype that we had made and the object produced by batch.works. We had to redesign the saucer to make it suitable for 3D printing production. This is how we started to design objects specifically to be produced in 3D printing. This mode of production allows us to produce our objects ourselves and therefore to keep control of the quality and control of the production chain.
The choice of materials was made quite naturally because we did not want to work with non-recyclable materials. Quite quickly, we started working with Reflow which produces 3D printing filament that is 95% recycled and recyclable up to ten times. This seems to us to be a good alternative, because plastic is a material less and less appreciated, it is directly associated with single-use plastic which is a huge source of pollution. Working in collaboration with Reflow, which precisely recycles single-use plastic, allows us to produce recycled plastic objects for multiple uses. This approach makes a lot of sense to us.

What are the advantages of 3D printing?
3D printing as a mode of production has different advantages. In particular, it allows us to work with very little stock and to have our own machines. Today, we work with four printers which allow us to respond fairly quickly to our orders, especially since we imagine our objects always taking into account their manufacturing time in order to optimize our production as much as possible.

And its disadvantages?
In our opinion, the main drawbacks of 3D printing are related to our design choices. We try to design as much as possible “quick” objects to produce. 3D printers are sometimes a little finicky especially when we are looking to get an accurate rendering. So we spend a lot of time fine-tuning our machines, but it's cool and satisfying. It's surely our nerd side.

You make everyday objects, and propose to design them according to three principles: modularity, the possibility of adjustment or adjustment, and appropriation. That is to say ?
Yes, we like to design everyday objects, while incorporating certain principles that we hold dear. For example, the Mimo half-vase is an extension of a food jar. Each half vase is compatible with at least two diameters of jars, which allows some flexibility. It is this process of appropriation of the object that interests us. You can choose your jar with which you want to make a vase and change it or not. The notion of choice is central in our studio because we wanted to leave the users the choice of use. The double candlestick is another example, it is a single object for two potential uses, not radically different from each other, but still different. All our objects are not designed by systematically following these principles, but as soon as we can we try to apply them. It is a rather interesting working method because it can give birth to new forms.

Since 2019 you have been working with batch.works. How do you approach this collaboration?
We are very lucky to collaborate with batch.works because this partnership started very soon after the creation of our studio. Batch.works contacted us to edit our first object: the Flocflac plant saucer. It's a collaboration that happened quickly and it was great because it allowed us to participate in the London design festival in 2019.

What is your creative process?
It's a good question ! We draw relatively little especially because we have the possibility of prototyping very early and very quickly thanks to 3D printing. Most of the time, we make several 3D printed prototypes and we talk a lot among ourselves about the changes to be made. This is also the only thing we really do together, because it is in the exchange that we find the answers to the problems that arise when creating our objects. In addition, going through 3D printing during prototyping also allows us to anticipate all questions related to the production of the future object, because we use the same machine to prototype and produce our objects.

Can you tell us about your eco-responsible approach to design?
We have a bit of trouble with the adjective eco-responsible, which is why we never use it to qualify our work. We make choices that seem obvious to us, such as local production, French or European recycled and recyclable materials, and we do not offer shipping outside of Europe. We will soon be able to offer bicycle delivery in Paris. But this is not part of a strategy that could be described as eco-responsible because it is just common sense for us and we do not see ourselves doing otherwise. The term “eco-responsible” is polysemous and its real criteria remain unclear. We therefore do not prefer to use it for fear of falling into the lexical field of greenwashing.

And after?
Today, we have several project ideas that we are thinking about and that we would like to develop but, as we often work in self-publishing, the production of our objects takes us a lot of time. We would very much like to manufacture our own recycled plastic, but it is quite complex especially to obtain a stable material so it is more like a dream ... Otherwise we would like to offer objects made only of recycled materials. For some colors, we cannot find recycled materials.

To learn more, visit the website of the studio warren & laetitia.

Visuals: © warren & laetitia

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