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THE MOOD OF

PIA CHEVALIER

Cup handles perforated like doughnuts, teapots rolled up like croissants, kettledrums that look like chocolate nuns and sprawling vases inspired by the sea… Pia Chevalier asserts her style and meditates on the great houses as well as the new editors by playing with everyday shapes: Cartier, Made In Design, French Cliché…

 

To achieve this, the designer trained in Design and Crafts, and in decoration and surface treatments at the Ecole Boulle. Today, from her studio at the Orfèvrerie, Pia explores the field of possibilities through materials. Brass, stoneware or steel, her experimental research and her taste for contradiction lead her to move from malleable to more rigid textures. Just like the colours that she likes to use for a touch of fantasy or to avoid for a raw finish. Here is a demonstration.

 

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What project are you most busy with at the moment?

 

« I’ve had a big wave of projects in the last few months. For Cartier I developed a series of candleholders around the theme of Valentine’s Day. I also worked with Longchamp developing my Donuts series of ceramics around their Lumière and Héritage green colours. And at the moment I am working again on the Donuts series for Made In Design. « 

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Pia Chevalier for French Cliché

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Creation of the Les Poulpes x Made in design series © Nicolas Mingalon

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Creation of the Les Donuts x Made in Design series © Nicolas Mingalon

Your creative desires?

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Pia Chevalier © Brutal_ceramics

« I’m very interested in starting a series of repairs of broken workshop parts. A bit like upcycling. When I changed workshops I found a lot of them and I would like to reuse them. »

Pia Chevalier

A material you have recently used?

 

« I work a lot with ceramic and stoneware for sculptures and small objects. I also like to use steel and brass. The first two are malleable while the last two have a cold and sharp aspect.

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Pia Chevalier © Karen Faurie

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Pia Chevalier © Karen Faurie

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Pia Chevalier © Karen Faurie

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Pia Chevalier © Karen Faurie

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Pia Chevalier

It makes my material work broader and more interesting. I love to switch from one to the other. »

What do you think has influenced and shaped your taste?

Pia Chevalier © Lea Boeglin

« The kitchen. I started with the Donuts cups, then this series gave rise to the Octopus and Medusas series, creations with more rounded shapes and still very organic. Then there were the Chantilly candle holders with the publisher French Cliché, the Croissants sets… »

Pia Chevalier © Lea Boeglin

Pia Chevalier © Lea Boeglin

Pia Chevalier © Lea Boeglin

Pia Chevalier for French Cliché © Laura Bonnefous

A colour range that follows you? 

 

« I’m quite contradictory about it. I like colours, multicolours, and at the same time I also like raw material without any additions like sandstone alone for example. »

Pia Chevalier

3 items to hunt?

An address to discover? 

 

« I would love to visit Antti Lovag’s Bubble Palace in the south of France. »

Palais Bulles © Cloe Harent

Palais Bulles by Antti Lovag

Palais Bulles by Antti Lovag

3 comptes Instagram ? 

A designer who inspires you? 

Claude Viallat

« I am very inspired by the artist Claude Viallat, he did the stained glass windows in the chapel of D’aigues-Mortes, I find his colours sublime. Otherwise, it would be the radical Italian design of the sixties in its generous and colourful form. »

Claude Viallat

?An architect to build your dream house?

Tuba Club

« Marion Mailaender who did the Tuba Club in Marseille. She does simple things with strong concepts. »

Tuba Club

Tuba Club

Was there a scenography that stood out for you? 

Dia Art Foundation Beacon

Dia Art Foundation Beacon

« The Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, near New York. There are a lot of permanent exhibitions there with for example Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin… »

Dia Art Foundation Beacon

Form, function or fantasy? 

 

« I would say fantasy. Function is essential, but fantasy overcomes it. »

Pia Chevalier

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