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Dossier : Cinq jeunes designers français

Two girls, three boys. Thomas Ballouhey, Fabien Cappello, Elise Fouin, Leonard Kadid and Hélène Labadie embody the crème de la crème of young French designers. A generation that travels, exposes, creates freely. Focus on the five French creators of the moment to follow very closely.

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Thomas Ballouhey
A graduate of the Design Academy in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Thomas Ballouhey recently set up his studio in the Dutch city. Like an archaeologist of the present, the designer is interested in materials and modes of production. In his series "Ways of Altering", for example, he associates industrial objects - benches, stools, trestles, among others - with various materials - cardboard, elastic, polystyrene - and coated everything with epoxy and sand to produce heterogeneous furniture whose rudimentary appearance makes them look like past treasures. A striking result that questions the current means of mass production. Last October, he took part in the fifth edition of the Biennale Émergences in Pantin (93), then in the collective exhibition "La Totale" at Studio Orta - Les Moulins (77).

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Fabien Cappello
After studying design at ECAL (Switzerland) and at the Royal College of Art (UK), the young Frenchman founded his eponymous 2010 studio in London. He quickly became known for his creative use of local manufacturing and resources, earning residencies in Korea, Portugal and Italy. From his apprenticeship with local artisans, he builds his own approach to design and turns to serial production methods. Since 2015, he has installed his studio in the historic center of Mexico City (Mexico), a dynamic metropolis that inspires him daily.

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Elise Fouin
Elise Fouin studied goldsmithing at Ecole Boulle (Paris) before learning furniture design. A double training that leads her to develop a singular style of her own. For the Salone del Mobile (Milan) of 2016, the French designer is creating an immersive scenography made of colorful textiles called Sunbrellacanapy. Also textile, its lighting Saika made in collaboration with the Japanese master craftsman Yoshishige Tanaka is a unique contemplative creation that highlights the ancestral know-how, the hyogu - art of treating washi paper - and the kakejiku - painting on paper or silk wrapped on a stick . A piece that made a strong impression in 2018 Paris Salon Maison & Objet.

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Leonard Kadid
Today a product designer, Leonard Kadid first trained in architecture. On the benches of the university on the one hand, at Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (Switzerland) and the School of Architecture of the City and Territories Paris-Est. Among the great names of architecture on the other hand, Muoto, Dominique Perrault and Cigüe, Herzog & de Meuron. His studio in Paris focuses on various projects, from architecture to object design. The result is worked pieces such as the table system TAL designed for the scenography of the exhibition "Reinventing the Seine" at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal (4th arrondissement) in 2017.

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Hélène Labadie
Already four years since the young French got her master object design at ESAD Reims with the congratulations of the jury. As a graduation project, she imagined glass fountains. A master stroke for a first project. Since then, Hélène Labadie gives herself a freedom of artist and signs creative pieces inspired by the seventh art. Exhibited at the Bon Marché Rive Gauche in 2018, his series of containers "Les Noirs" reveals the anthropomorphic dimension of his work. Her artistic sensibility now pushes her towards the creation of sculptural pieces.

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Photographs: 1) Thomas Ballouhey, Ways of Altering © Ronald Smits, Eindhoven Design Academy
2) Fabien Cappello, Room With a view, Hotel Dos Casas, 2017
3) Elise Fouin and Yoshishige Tanaka, Saika, 2018
4) Leonard Kadid, Tal table, 2017
5) Hélène Labadie, Blacks, 2018

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