French designer Ferréol Babin spoke with us about him-self and his work.
He studied design in France and Japan. His main focus is on lighting engineering design and he is extremely interested in interaction between users and objects. His projects are always based on an awareness of function and rationale, teamed with a poetic, emotional aspect.
A · Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Ferréol Babin, and I am a young french designer, born in 1987. I recently graduated from the ESAD of Reims, in object design. Before that, I graduated from the ENSA of Dijon, in space design, and studied design in the NUA of Nagoya, Japan. I also worked as an intern at Studio Robert Stadler, in Paris.
B · What’s your favourite part of the design process?
I think the begining of a new project is always realy exciting, because at that moment, everything is still possible. With drawings and models, you can create and re-create quickly, without thinking too much about all the confines which come after. In the same time, it’s good and pleasant to see drawingd and ideas coming to life, made with real materials, and industrially viable.
C · Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer?
Since my young age, I draw, paint and build things. I also always loved to dismount objects that I own, to understand how they work, how they are built, or why they don’t work anymore. Unfortunately, with high-tech products, this is not possible anymore, and I think that when you can’t analyse and understand an object, you can’t feel close to it.
D · Where do you get inspiration?
It comes from everything that sorrounds me, directly or not. It comes from the observation of natural elements, but also from what others built before me. I always look for the rightest balance between the poetic aspect of an object, and its functionality, rationality and producibility.
E · Can you describe your style, how has that style developed over the years?
As said before, I always look for the best way to combine an industrially-conceived object, with a sensitive and delicate approach. But sometimes, projects cannot fit industry’s confines, that why I also produce object by myself, in small series, like the Ecume serie.
F · What are you working on at the moment?
A new light, called Lunaire, made for the famous italian manufacturer Fontana Arte, will be presented during the Milan Design Week, at Euroluce.
I am also working on my Ecume project, making new pieces and private commissions.
G · For you what makes a product rare?
The sincerity you put inside and its ability to last through years.