Ymer&Malta operates in the space where design, art and craftsmanship meet. It creates limited edition timeless pieces for aesthetes and connoisseurs, and it does this using a combination of traditional arts and very contemporary innovation. Every Ymer&Malta collection emerges out of genuine collaboration and ceaseless dialogue between artistic director Valérie Maltaverne and the various designers and craftspeople. The aim behind the collections is to push back the boundaries of form and technique.
Margaux Lafond graduated from ESAG-Penninghen (Paris) in 2013 with a master’s degree in Interior Architecture and Design. After she finished her studies, she joined Gilles & Boissier, where she worked on the Hotel Baccarat, among other projects. It was during her time there that her love for furniture and outstanding materials really came to the fore. A characteristic aspect of her approach to design is her distinct eye for detail. She now works as a designer at ASH, in New York, where she oversees hotel design projects. From Detroit to New Orleans, she brings a timeless beauty that mixes together retro and contemporary references.
“L’Horloge à Courroie was inspired by transmission belt-powered engines. Through this work, I wanted to showcase and honour the technical side of engines. Often, this is a part hidden within objects, but I find them really aesthetic and, at times, quite hypnotic,” Margaux Lafond
The left-hand disk gives the minutes and completes a full turn once an hour. Thanks to the belt, the hour disk moves with it. The gears allow it to turn 12 times quicker, also completing a full turn once an hour. It’s the passing of the minutes that makes the hour disk move.