Atelier Emmaüs launches its first collection of small furniture and objects. An unpublished collection from the reuse of materials, designed by Ionna Vautrin, Ferréol Babin, and the 5.5. Through this project, the designers put their creativity at the service of a strong commitment: each creation was designed to facilitate the learning of techniques to craftsmen-learners of the workshop in professional reintegration who work from recovered materials. Positive objects with positive social and environmental impact, a collection that illustrates resilience through design.
The Atelier Emmaüs shares many of the characteristics of other design retailers – but it also belongs to the Emmaus Movement. Like a lot of retailers, the Atelier Emmaüs makes and sells furniture and contemporary design objects for homes and businesses, but it also works on development and interior design projects for businesses, local authorities and interior and exterior architects.
These projects are special in three specific ways:
Their social impact:
All models and projects initiated by the designers are made by apprentice craftsmen and women who are members of the Emmaus scheme, or who belong to other social support organisations. By contributing to the Atelier Emmaüs, they develop their self-esteem and take their first steps towards a career.
Design could not be more important to the Atelier Emmaüs. Here, the belief is that beautiful things help to instil resilience in people. The Atelier Emmaüs also collaborates with a designers’ collective which fine-tunes its furniture’s aesthetics, ensuring as it does so that each item will find its place on the contemporary market. This retailer understands that design is not just about the way an object looks – just as crucial are its functionality, uses and processes. The Atelier Emmaüs puts this understanding into practice by closely studying manufacturing techniques. Each item of furniture has to play a role in apprentice artisans’ education.
Their environmental objective:
Ranges are made using material from old furniture collected by Emmaus, and from industrial offcuts. As such, the Atelier Emmaüs’ creations are embedded in the circular economy’s virtuous cycle. It is a continuation of Emmaus’ traditional occupation of rehabilitating used objects, the aim here being to celebrate the value in a material object while celebrating the value of human beings. Artisan craftsmanship and recycling become ways of getting individuals into work.
Ionna Vautrin graduated from the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in 2002 and has worked for Camper (in Spain), George J. Sowden (Italy) and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (France). In January 2011 she opened her studio after winning the Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris. She has since collaborated with various brands and design retailers such as Foscarini, Moustache, Kvadrat, Sancal, SNCF, Lexon, Serralunga and JCDecaux.
Her work combines a poetic sensibility with industry. When she designs day-to-day objects, her ambition is that they be simple and clear, yet surprising. Her projects combine shapes that are simultaneously geometrical and organic alongside a sense of cheeky, colourful verve; intuitive, functional uses; and a warm, familiar presence.
5•5 is a global collective design studio. It was founded in August 2003 by Vincent Baranger, Jean-Sébastien Blanc, Anthony Lebossé and Claire Renard after they graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués.
They describe 5•5 first and foremost as a collective, and they were launched into the spotlight by their very first project, Réanim: La Médecine des Objets It was followed by the Ordinary Objects collection and Workers/Designers for the Bernardaud Foundation, as well as other signature designs that have contributed to their story. Some people have described 5•5 as design’s agents provocateurs, others as trailblazers. They define themselves as furniture surgeons, political tinkerers and, finally, conceptual artisans. By systematically questioning their profession (or, at the very least, the part they are playing in the creative process and consumer society), they have lit a fire under the design world.
Their little collective has now become a studio – but that isn’t to say its attitude has changed. 5•5 was founded on the belief that collaboration is a good and joyful thing, so it is totally natural for the studio to mix together multi-disciplinary creative talents as part of its global approach to design.
The group behind 5•5 are now leading an organisation that supports its clients, while staying true to their original desire to put people at the heart of their work by making useful, aspirational things that as many people as possible can enjoy, brightening lives in the process.
Artist and designer Ferréol Babin was born in March 1987.
After graduating from the ENSA de Dijon with a degree in Space Design, he moved to Japan. Once there, he started at the Nagoya University of Art & Design. When he returned to France, he trained at the Studio Robert Stadler in Paris, before getting his master’s degree in Object Design from the ESAD de Reims in 2012. In 2014, he was awarded a one-year residency in the design department at Fabrica, Benetton’s research centre in Treviso, Italy. Under the artistic directorship of Sam Baron, he developed projects covering everything from industrial manufacturing to set design and conceptual installations.
With a great sense of harmony and balance, his creations combine rationality and functionality with poetry and emotion. This allows him to make objects which exude calm, but are nonetheless intriguing.
Ferréol Babin splits his time between designing products for furniture and lighting manufacturers and creating unique, sculptural pieces for galleries and private clients.
He is the winner of the Red Dot design award, the ADI Compasso d’Oro and the Laurent & Charras grant and prize, and he was selected by London’s Design Museum as a creator of one of its “Designs of the Year 2014”. Maison&Objet has also included him in its Talent à la Carte programme.
Among his list of clients are Fontana Arte, Pulpo, Specimen Edition, Good Thing, Habitat, Bibelo, Karpeta, Gur, Umbra Shift, Daniel and CIAV Meisenthal.