The wood. This noble, timeless material that we always love in our interiors warm. Yet, regarding the furniture, the big innovations that concern wood are not common. But the one we are going to introduce today is an astonishing advance in terms of design and ergonomics.
His name: inflatable wood, also baptized Airwood, is a material that asked 10 years of focus. It allows the production of veneered panels, having the particularity to reveal a pattern by injecting air. How it works ? The wood is chasedto allow the rubber to increase the size of the panel surface. These carvings form tessellations that can be personalized.
But who can be the source of this innovation? Steven Leprize is a young French cabinetmaker who is out of the ordinary. His ideas out of the box have made it stand out in the vast world of cabinetmaking, and there is something! Indeed, this former student of the prestigious Boulle School in Paris (Design and Crafts) has embarked on a crazy project: 23 years only he created his own cabinetmaking workshop with his partner, met on the school benches. In 2008, they founded theARCA, the fruit of all their work: theATtelier of Rresearch and Cin ATmeublement.
A few years later, it's the consecration. In 2017, Steven wins the ultimate holy grail of his profession: having created a piece of furniture, elected Laureate Talents d'Exception Bettencourt Schueller Foundation's award for the intelligence of the hand, for the design of its innovative furniture, derived from its previous projects on wood, office "Marsupio".
The office "Marsupio" will have asked more than 400 hours of work, and this, just for the execution! This one has the particularity of having "Pockets" integrated woods, which allow you to store what you want, by deforming the furniture at will; ensuring that the owner can customize it as much as he wants. A technology that Steven named the "WooWood".
Previously, Steven and his workshop had become known thanks to their principle of inflatable wood, an original and visually stunning creation. Yes, because before arriving at this furniture, years of work on this innovation, with a research on the material used today mainly in the field of logos, lighting and signage.
The usual process? Steven starts with a sketchor is simply based on a material that inspires him. Then, he spends time in front of his computer to model his 3D concept, before finally launching the workshop production.
According to him (and it is to his credit), it would be essential to transmit a know how so that future generations can continue to work in cabinetmaking. Being himself professor at École Boulle (about ten years after studying there), he teaches woodworking machine Once a week, and always make sure to hire trainees or apprentices, to share his knowledge with the youngest.
Desiring to promote his profession, he says: "A craftsman is a creative by definition." For Steven, it's about to feed on culture permanently, to evolve his art. Moreover, thanks to his creative profile, Steven has made his mark with shows such as The France House 5, and has also been interviewed many times, especially for the Palace of Tokyo and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.
Feel free to visit his site for more complex explanations of his innovations AirWood or WooWood. In any case, we were surprised by its concept that revolutionizes the decorative use of wood. Congratulations and hat to this innovative workshop!
Imagined by: ARCA