5 various objects:
high bowl 45cm (d) x 10cm (h)
low bowl 30cm (d) x 8cm (h)
stool 30cm (d) x 44cm (h)
side table 40cm (d) x 30cm (h)
high tray 25 cm (d) x 90 cm (h)
Carwan commission 2012, produced in Lebanon
Philippe Malouin explores with Lebanese artisans the assembling system of combined intarsia and lathe technique. Both intarsia and lathe are ancient crafts that originated in the Middle East around 1200 BC. The objects are composed of hundreds of single crossing pieces assembled together to create the pattern according to the intarsia process. The bold objects are then turned on the lathe to confer a precise and unique shape. Malouin design brings with this project an innovative simplification and experimentation in the building process of Middle Eastern woodworking while exposing this ancient process to the viewer.
Carwan Gallery commission, produced in Lebanon 2012
About Philippe Malouin
For Philippe Malouin, process is as important as the final product. "A good way to get an idea off the ground is to try it. As simplistic as it sounds, many people don't bother to explore and experiment as much as they should,” he has said. Experimenting with materials and manufacturing techniques, Malouin creates innovative objects like rugs painstakingly made of Japanese-style chainmail or stools that double as ballpoint pens, tracking their movement across the floor. In 2012, Malouin won the prestigious W Hotels Designers of the Future award for his Daylight lamps, slatted “artificial windows” that appear to produce real daylight and can be arranged like geometric puzzle pieces. The designer lives and works in London, where he runs the Post-Office architecture and industrial design studio specializing in his clean, utilitarian aesthetic.
Canadian, b. 1982, Montreal, Canada, based in London, United Kingdom