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10 octobre 2018

Frédéric et Clémentine, duo créatif .

Paris - 7ème

10 octobre 2018

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Caché au fond d’une cour au 47 rue de Babylone à Paris, un atelier niche en rez-de-chaussée d’un immeuble blanc aux fenêtres noires. C’est celui de Frédéric Forest, designer, et Clémentine Giaconia, designer et architecte d’intérieur.

Frédéric et Clémentine, duo créatif

10 octobre 2018

Tucked away at the rear of a courtyard at 47, Rue de Babylone in Paris, a workshop nestles on the ground floor of a white building with black windows. It belongs to Frédéric Forest, designer, and Clémentine Giaconia, designer and interior designer.

Photos et Texte :
Natacha Roché
Mathieu Lodin

Traduction :
Textmaster

Publié le
 10 octobre 2018

Caché au fond d’une cour au 47 rue de Babylone à Paris, un atelier niche en rez-de-chaussée d’un immeuble blanc aux fenêtres noires. C’est celui de Frédéric Forest, designer, et Clémentine Giaconia, designer et architecte d’intérieur.

Tout deux forment un couple à la combinaison et à la complémentarité parfaite. Ils se rencontrent, il y a 14 ans au sein d’une agence avant de composer ensemble leur propre studio. « J’étais en stage et Fred venait d’être intégré et nous avons fait notre parcours ensemble au sein de cette agence. Tout le monde était touche à tout, ce qui nous a permis d’être autonomes et de nous dire plus tard, au bout de 4 ans, on se lance ! – Clémentine Giaconia ».

Tucked away at the rear of a courtyard at 47, Rue de Babylone in Paris, a workshop nestles on the ground floor of a white building with black windows. It belongs to Frédéric Forest, designer, and Clémentine Giaconia, designer and interior designer.

Together they are a couple with the perfect combination and complementarity. They met 14 years ago in an agency, before setting up their own studio together. « I was on an internship, Fred had just been appointed and we embarked on our career together in this agency. Everyone was involved in everything, which allowed us to be independent and to tell ourselves later on, after four years, to go for it! – Clementine Giaconia ».

Tucked away at the rear of a courtyard at 47, Rue de Babylone in Paris, a workshop nestles on the ground floor of a white building with black windows. It belongs to Frédéric Forest, designer, and Clémentine Giaconia, designer and interior designer.

Together they are a couple with the perfect combination and complementarity. They met 14 years ago in an agency, before setting up their own studio together. « I was on an internship, Fred had just been appointed and we embarked on our career together in this agency. Everyone was involved in everything, which allowed us to be independent and to tell ourselves later on, after four years, to go for it! – Clementine Giaconia ».

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Les projets du studio sont très confidentiels. Le couple travaille dans la plus grande discrétion en collaboration avec des Maisons de Luxe Françaises, qu’elles soient issues de la Mode, des Vins & Spiritueux, de l’Art de vivre, allant de la boutique jusqu’au dessin de montres.

Si Frédéric et Clémentine n’exposent pas leurs travaux ni le nom de leurs clients c’est essentiellement pour préserver le secret des réalisations. « Il peut y avoir des projets sur lesquels nous travaillons qui finalement ne sortent pas pour des raisons économiques ou politiques car il s’agit de projets hautement stratégiques. Donc nous jouons le jeu et nous nous mettons au service du client. C’est pour cela que nous communiquons assez peu. – Frédéric Forest ».

The studio’s projects are highly confidential. The couple works with the greatest discretion in collaboration with French luxury companies, whether they are based on Fashion, Wines & Spirits or the Art of Living, and they range from shops to watch designers.

If Frédéric and Clémentine keep their work and the names of their clients to themselves, it is essentially to preserve the secrecy of their creations. « There may be projects we are working on that ultimately do not emerge for economic or political reasons because they are highly strategic. So, we play the game and place ourselves totally at the service of the customer. That’s why we don’t communicate much. – Frédéric Forest ».

The studio’s projects are highly confidential. The couple works with the greatest discretion in collaboration with French luxury companies, whether they are based on Fashion, Wines & Spirits or the Art of Living, and they range from shops to watch designers.

If Frédéric and Clémentine keep their work and the names of their clients to themselves, it is essentially to preserve the secrecy of their creations. « There may be projects we are working on that ultimately do not emerge for economic or political reasons because they are highly strategic. So, we play the game and place ourselves totally at the service of the customer. That’s why we don’t communicate much. – Frédéric Forest ».

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Designers mais aussi créateurs, Frédéric et Clémentine dessinent aussi des pièces de mobilier sous la signature Forest & Giaconia. La première pierre, ils la posent avec la maison d’édition Delcourt Collection.

Cette rencontre avec Christophe Delcourt, plus qu’évidente d’un point de vue stylistique et humaine, marquera le début d’une longue collaboration qui les amèneront à travailler et remanier ensemble les lignes du mobilier. « Par exemple sur le canapé Bob, Christophe ne s’est pas approprié tout de suite le dessin. Nous lui avons demandé ce qui lui plaisait et ce qui ne marchait pas, et lorsqu’il nous a vu retravailler, il nous a demandé si nous n’avions pas peur de travestir ou d’abimer, car c’est assez rare que des créateurs reprennent leurs dessins. Mais au contraire, nous avançons en dessinant à plusieurs mains. Il faut savoir lâcher prise, même si au départ c’est ton initiative et ton dessin. Il faut à un moment laisser pour que l’autre puisse se l’approprier. – Frédéric Forest.»

Naturellement et sans difficulté le couple de designer s’est attaché à cette rencontre avec Christophe Delcourt les poussant à plus d’exigence et à un travail de qualité. Le canapé Bob a ensuite été décliné en fauteuil, puis en méridienne et en repose pied. Chaque objet se veut sobre et élégant, rien ne dépasse, rien n’est ostentatoire. Des lignes fluides et des courbes majestueuses que l’on retrouve sur la table et la console Aha et l’applique Swn.

Designers but also creators, Frédéric and Clémentine also design pieces of furniture with the Forest & Giaconia signature. They laid their foundations with the design firm Delcourt Collection.

Their meeting with Christophe Delcourt, a more than obvious move from a stylistic and human point of view, marked the beginning of a long collaboration that led them to work together and redesign the furniture ranges. « For example, with the Bob sofa, Christophe didn’t immediately appropriate the drawing. We asked him what he liked and what didn’t work, and when he saw us re-working, he asked us if we weren’t afraid to change or damage things because it’s quite rare for creative people to return to their drawings. But on the contrary, we progress by drawing in lots of different ways. You have to know how to let go, even if it starts out as your initiative and your drawing. At some point, you have to leave it so that the other person can take it over. – Frédéric Forest. »

Naturally and effortlessly, the designer couple embraced this meeting with Christophe Delcourt, encouraging them to be more rigorous and to work to the highest standards. The Bob sofa was transformed into an armchair, then a chaise longue and a footstool. Each object is sober and elegant, nothing sticks out, nothing is ostentatious. Fluid lines and majestic curves can be found in the Aha and Swn table and console.

Designers but also creators, Frédéric and Clémentine also design pieces of furniture with the Forest & Giaconia signature. They laid their foundations with the design firm Delcourt Collection.

Their meeting with Christophe Delcourt, a more than obvious move from a stylistic and human point of view, marked the beginning of a long collaboration that led them to work together and redesign the furniture ranges. « For example, with the Bob sofa, Christophe didn’t immediately appropriate the drawing. We asked him what he liked and what didn’t work, and when he saw us re-working, he asked us if we weren’t afraid to change or damage things because it’s quite rare for creative people to return to their drawings. But on the contrary, we progress by drawing in lots of different ways. You have to know how to let go, even if it starts out as your initiative and your drawing. At some point, you have to leave it so that the other person can take it over. – Frédéric Forest. »

Naturally and effortlessly, the designer couple embraced this meeting with Christophe Delcourt, encouraging them to be more rigorous and to work to the highest standards. The Bob sofa was transformed into an armchair, then a chaise longue and a footstool. Each object is sober and elegant, nothing sticks out, nothing is ostentatious. Fluid lines and majestic curves can be found in the Aha and Swn table and console.

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On reconnait dans les dessins de Frederic, les traits pures des pièces de mobilier Forest & Giaconia. Dans un geste précis et maitrisé, les contours prennent forme au fur et à mesure que le crayon glisse sur le support. Pour ses inspirations, Frédéric s’inspire de l’allure d’hommes et de femmes dans la rue, des silhouettes dans les magazines qui explorent l’anatomie tel que P magazine, ou encore des formes provenant de sculptures et de tableaux des musées de Paris.

« La notoriété de Fred a été extrêmement rapide. A la base il s’agissait de dessins très personnels, qu’il faisait pour lui. Il y a des choses qui t’échappent et elles ne t’échappent pas si tu fais confiance aux autres – Clémentine Giaconia ». La réputation grandissante de Frédéric, les pousse à créer Grammatical; une maison d’édition qui gère la vente des tirages d’art en séries limitées et les collaborations avec des marques afin de se consacrer entièrement à la création.

Frederic’s drawings epitomise the pure lines of the Forest & Giaconia furniture pieces. In a precise and controlled gesture, the contours take shape as the pencil glides across the support. For his inspiration, Frédéric draws on the appearance of men and women in the street, silhouettes in magazines that explore anatomy such as P magazine, and shapes from sculptures and paintings in Paris’ museums.

« Fred was recognised extremely quickly. At the beginning, it was all about very personal drawings, which he made for himself. Some things escape you, but they do not escape you if you place your trust in others – Clementine Giaconia ». Frédéric’s growing reputation led them to create Grammatical, a design house that manages the sale of limited editions of art prints and collaborations with brands, so they can devote themselves entirely to creation.

Frederic’s drawings epitomise the pure lines of the Forest & Giaconia furniture pieces. In a precise and controlled gesture, the contours take shape as the pencil glides across the support. For his inspiration, Frédéric draws on the appearance of men and women in the street, silhouettes in magazines that explore anatomy such as P magazine, and shapes from sculptures and paintings in Paris’ museums.

« Fred was recognised extremely quickly. At the beginning, it was all about very personal drawings, which he made for himself. Some things escape you, but they do not escape you if you place your trust in others – Clementine Giaconia ». Frédéric’s growing reputation led them to create Grammatical, a design house that manages the sale of limited editions of art prints and collaborations with brands, so they can devote themselves entirely to creation.

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10 octobre 2018

Frédéric et Clémentine, duo créatif

Merci à Frédéric Forest & Clémentine Giaconia de nous avoir ouvert les portes de leur atelier et de nous avoir fait découvrir leur univers. Suivez le Studio Forest & Giaconia sur leur site internet et les dessins de Frédéric sur son Instagram ou sur le site internet de Grammatical-paris.com.

Photos et Texte:

Mathieu Lodin

Natacha Roché

Traduction:
Textmaster

Publié le
10 octobre 2018

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