It is our pleasure to forward you two recent projects designed by french designer François Bauchet : ‘Claustra’, a storage system for Galerie Kreo, and ‘Clous’ (“nails” in french), street furniture, the first models of which have landed on the forecourt of Saint-Etienne (France) railway station.
François Bauchet has sought a new formal resolution to inscribe an integral part of our urban vocabulary naturally in street space. You can get off your feet for a moment, rest your bag, make a phone call. They can be spread out in urban space and also be grouped in clusters, in which case they become rendezvous points in the city. The taller models serve as barriers against motor vehicles.
The ‘Clous’ series figures in the GHM catalogue, a maker specialized in urban furniture.
‘Claustra’ is a modular bookshelf that can serve to redefine interior space. It is built up from identical elements stacked cross-wise, like tied courses in a brick wall, but it retains overall transparency in construction. The mode of assemblage enables the creation of different configurations, from the simple standing piece to a micro-architecture, far more complex in form. Each assemblage is a pretext for creating a structure that has its own shape and different dimensions, thus generating spaces more or less open or shut, including private corners and niches.
Results range from openwork compositions to opaque partitions, when the shelves are stacked with books. A flexible system, easy to customize, ‘Claustra’ gets together like a spontaneous manifestation, alive and light weight. Quality timber – Oregon pine–, variable assemblage and the size of tie pieces come together in paradoxical balance.
text by Constance Rubini
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François Bauchet, designer born 1948 at Montluçon (France). He trained at the school of Fine arts in Bourges. Since 1982, he teaches at the school of Fine arts in Saint-Etienne. In 1983, his maiden project, elaborated with the help of VIA and named « C’est aussi une chaise », was presented at the Salon des artistes décorateurs (SAD). From 1984 to 1998, he collaborated with Galerie Neotu. In 1987, he designed the offices of the Fondation Cartier at Jouy-en-Josas near Paris and took part in Documenta 8 at Kassel. Other projects followed: show windows and reception furniture for the Art Centre at Vassivière-en-Limousin, the reception area of the museum of Art & Industry in Saint-Etienne, the exhibition fit-out and café furniture for the Jeu de Paume in Paris, furniture, footbridge and folly for the grounds of the château d’Azay-le-Rideau… In the year 2000, the musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris staged a solo exhibition around his work. In 2001 and again in 2003, Galerie Kreo also gave him solo exhibitions. In 2002 he won the ‘Creator of the year’ award at the Paris furniture fair. His pieces and objects are currently under production with Galerie Kreo, Cinna, Ligne Roset, Ercuis, Haviland, GHM…
He also has pieces in various standing collections: the FNAC and the musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, and the Design museum in Lisbon…