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Designer of the Day: Pierre Renart

On the eve of his U.S. debut, the French designer talks about the appeal of custom furniture, organic forms, and U2.

On the eve of his U.S. debut, the French designer talks about the appeal of custom furniture, organic forms, and U2.

Every day we ask a designer to take a selfie and give us an inside look at their lives.

Age: 26

Occupation: Designer and furniture maker

Hometown: Blois, France

Studio location: Montreuil (a suburb of Paris)

Describe what you make: I create furniture-art, which always begins with a very simple sketch of elegant, undulating lines. Once I’ve found the perfect balance on paper, I head to my studio to give the lines form.

The most important thing you’ve designed to date: I was given the opportunity to create a collection of seating and tables for the amazing Harcourt Studio in Paris last year. The result was something very different from what I’ve done in the past. I always welcome the challenge of custom or limited-edition creations for specific clients, as it pushes me in unexpected ways.

The problem your work solves: The fact that everything I make can be customized adds a versatility that I think designers really welcome. My work also uses shapes that are very organic, so they blend well with any interior style.

What you are working on now: I just finished the Wave desk for my U.S. launch. Crafted by hand from American walnut, it’s a sculptural ripple with generous curves that command any space it inhabits.

 

Pierre Renart's new walnut Wave desk.

A new or forthcoming project we should know about: I am incredibly excited to be making my U.S. debut on September 14, when I’ll be unveiling seven new pieces in New York during an event called What’s New, What’s Next.

What you absolutely have to have in your studio: Music! I listen to a lot of U2. I also find myself frequently referencing Le Corbusier’s “Modulor” to review the scale of proportions.

What you do when you’re not working: My wife and I just purchased a farm, which we are currently renovating. I also love spending time with my siblings.

Sources of creative envy: Work by Hector Guimard, Antoni Gaudí, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Joseph Walsh.

The distraction you want to eliminate: My ringing phone.

Concrete or marble? Marble. During my first training course at the École Boulle, we created a table with a marble top. I fell in love with the smooth complexity of the striated stone.

High-rise or townhouse? Townhouse.

Aliens or ghosts? Aliens. I like the idea that there is some kind of life form out there.

Remember or forget? Remember!

Dark or light? Light.

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