Product designer Marie Dessuant and graphic designer Philip Bone met and clicked back in 2010, as fellow residents at Fabrica, the Italian Design Research Center. Their professional paths separated for a spell after moving to London; Dessuant took a job as head of design for furniture brand Another Country, while Bone went on to Wallpaper Magazine and the British-based fashion brand Reiss.
This spring, the pair teamed up to launch the studio Dessuant Bone, based in Paris, where they tackle projects that span their chosen disciplines for a variety of clients including art direction and set design for Reiss, product design for Another Country, and experimental object and furniture design for themselves.
Last month Dessuant Bone released their premier studio project, The Bay Collection, which includes a large leaning ceramic vase, a flat vase resembling a cymbal, and a series of colorful silkscreened mirrors inspired by beach flags.
Describe your most recent project, and how it was made?
The last project we worked on was a scarf for the Velo Velo exhibition during the Salone del Mobile. We were asked to design to scarf inspired by cycling. We decided to create a scarf based on the Maglia Rosa (the jersey worn by the winning rider in the Giro D’Italia) as the product was to be displayed in Milan. We loved the simplicity of the pink with the graphic colors of the Italian flag, and so we decided to play with these elements. The scarf is due to be exhibited at Gallery Bensimon during Men’s Fashion Week, from June 25th - July 12th.
Describe the next project, and how you’re currently making it?
Collection 22 is a series of twenty-two furniture pieces for a community center in the suburb of Paris (la Maison de quartier Sémard in Saint Denis). As a starting point, we preferred to think about the production and manufacturing of the pieces. We decided to work with local cabinetmakers and carpenters at the local high school.
Not working with a classic workshop allowed us to design the furniture with a more sophisticated construction and to make the pieces unique. We created a pattern using the traditional technique of marquetry in a contemporary way, making it evolve differently on each piece with large triangular tint areas in light oak, contrasting softly with the main structure in sycamore. In order to maximize the visibility of this project, we designed a visual identity and we are documenting with photos and videos the process of making and exchange with the students.