French designer Suzy Lelièvre twists and distorts objects, breaking them from their classical functions.
What was your first project?
Family meals in 2001. The project was an attempt of hybridization between two different objects: a table-football game and a dining table, set for dinner. Forks, bowls, knives and a Gingham cloth replaced the classic elements of the table-football surface. A clementine served as a ball. It was the first time I based a creative process on a game.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Everyday life is inspiring. It comes from observing things, talking with people, drawing, working.
What is your design process?
First I try to understand how an object is made - what are its rules and useages? Then I proceed by association of ideas, by derivation. This process is similar to dyslexia, like transversal links between form and function, production and consumption. These are often single pieces, which form new meanings. Implementation is like a puzzle: to constrain a material, to find the right tool, or to meet skilled people who have an integrated knowledge. Conception is made through a dialogue, through discussion, by setting a distance, and above all by experiencing the material.
What are you planning to work on next?
I have several projects related to materials such as glass and porcelain, it will depend on future opportunities. In the short term, I need to focus on my thesis at the Paris Design School ENSCI-Les Ateliers.
City of Residence Paris, France
Education École des Beaux Arts de Lyon (Master of fine Arts, 2003), and Paris Design School ENSCI-Les Ateliers.
Motto Best advice received Spot the difference.
Favourite quote My grandmother always says when she does not understand how something works, 'I feel like a chicken in front of a bra.'
Best tip for designers Keep looking
Three things every designer needs Time, space and a friendly environment
Newest addition to your studio I just bought a welding machine
First design that inspired you A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole