Federica Sala on Italy, Identity, and New Possibilities for Design
This carpet was designed for a small, peaceful corner of privacy. Crasset describes it as "a space of delicate balance with tension." drawing attention to how the "soft and rhythmic colors absorb us and invite us to take a break in the abstraction." Named "Cathédrale Végétale," it is a plant cathedral, where the artificial and natural meet, which Crasset calls "a new kind of confluence."
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Working between conceptual projects and practical products, Matali Crasset consistently pushes the limits of design. Following her schooling, Crasset began a five-year tenure working with Philippe Starck, before opening her own design studio. “My approach is still to research new typologies which also address the fundamental needs of mobility, freedom, and to enable people to use objects and spaces in their own way,” Crasset has said. Her approach is typified in one of her earlier designs Quand Jim monte à Paris, a roll-up felt pad with a built-in alarm clock and lamp that stylishly reimagines the possibilities and form of temporary bedding.
French, b. 1965, Chalons en Champagne, France, based in Paris, France