Studio POOL: Contrepoids Tables & Maillet Lamp
Studio Pool in collaboration with design critic and curator Cédric Morisset are bringing modern design to hammered metal with their Contrepoids Tables and Maillet Lamp. The items are reflecting the “tradition of the French decorative arts, twisted with an industrial touch.”
The Contrepoids Tables and the Maillet Lamp refer to the tradition of the French decorative arts, twisted with an industrial touch typical of the work of studio POOL. Design critic and curator Cédric Morisset, who collaborated with POOL on these pieces, likes mixing inspirations from the 80’s, “haute facture” and craftsmanship.
POOL was part of the Cabinet de Curiosités de Thomas Erber / Kitsuné in the Avant /Garde diaries project space, NYC in december 2013 in the Avant / Garde diaries project space, NEW YORK city.
POOL is a duo composed of Léa Padovani (1981) french of Iranian-Italian heritage and Sébastien Kieffer (1982), French, based in Paris.
After meeting in 2006, their collaboration soon inspired discussions and debate as they imagined the creation of their first objects that would question their role as designers, the role of design itself and of objects in the environment. These reflections led the duo to create Pool in 2010, a collective concept, whose goal is to explore associations between objects, architecture and images. Beyond the obvious presence of an object, its beauty and function, the designers search for a multiplicity of meanings and highlight the emotions and reference points.
As part of the 2011 International Milan Furniture Fair, the French Cultural Institute showcased a collective exhibition entitled “Nouvelle Vague : the new French domestic landscape”, at which Pool presented its first object designs.
Following is a series of meetings; they create scenographies for Cassina, participate in the first edition of Paris Design Week. They are then called “Talents à la carte” during Paris furniture fair in January 2012 and have been selected by the AD Magazine as “Young New Talent” for the price AD associated with Thierry Costes and received the “LABEL VIA” for the W&W lighting ceiling system manufactured by ALTER.
They exhibited at the International Milan Furniture Fair new objects and lighting for the Gallery S. Bensimon and the recent design company La Chance.
To return to Paris, POOL now signs the visual identity and the decor of Craft, while their pieces are showcased at the Biennale Internationale de Ceramique of Vallauris and create a scenography for LILLE DESIGN during BIENNALE INTERIEUR in Courtrai.
In 2013, POOL has been awarded “NEW DESIGNER 2013” by ELLE DECO UK.
All photos courtesy of POOL