Julie Richoz

Rising Talent - January 2020

Hall 6

Nominated by dealer, Didier Krzentowski.
The Franco-Swiss designer won the Jury Grand Prix at the Design Parade at the Villa Noailles in 2012 and the Swiss Design Award in 2015. She assisted Pierre Charpin for three years before setting up her own firm, since when she has created objects and furniture for manufacturers such as Louis Poulsen, Tectona and the Manufacture de Cogolin. Her work is also represented by the Galerie kreo in Paris and the Libby Sellers Gallery in London.

Who are your design icons?

I’ve always really loved Poul Kjaerholm’s objects for the way he managed to create things that are really elegant, but with great rationality. I also admire Charlotte Perriand’s approach. She was really daring in her designs. They’re inventive, intelligent and quite simply beautiful. I like what they give off in terms of an image of femininity. Her work is a question of balance, inventiveness, a sensibility for shapes and an intelligence in the way it’s made.

In 2017, you spent five weeks in residence at the Casa Wabi on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, where you collaborated with a local palm weaver to produce a beautiful curved screen. How was that experience?

What was quite striking is that it’s a completely different approach to craftsmanship compared to Europe, where it’s more a question of quite exceptional savoir-faire. In Mexico, it’s more akin to creating things for daily life, with a certain rusticity, but also great beauty.

You have said that you see moving between one-off designs and industrial production as a sort of continuity. Can you say a little more?

I approach every project with the same attitude. In each case, what interests me is the savoir-faire, the precision in the way the materials are employed, and that things are done with passion. I like working with people who are devoted to what they do and have a perfectionist streak. At the end of the day, it’s not important whether an object is replicated just once or a thousand times. You can convey the same sensations, sensibility and vision of the world with a hand-blown glass vase or an industrially produced lamp.

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