Concrete LCDA & matali crasset
In 2010, the company "LCDA" becomes "Concrete LCDA". This change of direction is boosted by the arrival of designer matali crasset as the brand's artistic director until 2015. The designer has a notable place in the history of Concrete LCDA as a privileged partner in the genesis of the company.
Her works have been exhibited in France and abroad. They are parts of important museum design collections, including the MoMA’s, New York, and the Centre Pompidou’s, Paris.
Bringing something to people rather than designing
She strives for its dedication to creativity, people and everyday life: how can design contribute to our community and help us navigate the contemporary world? This is the simple yet engaged premise, from which she thinks and sets anything in motion.
For the past 30 years, she has been inventing her singular path, undertaking hundreds of projects within the fields of architecture, set and furniture design, public spaces and urban planning.
Her design without borders expresses her deep conviction that any creative process is first and foremost human, social and ecological. The purposes of any project don’t rely on its sole realisation, but the process it implements and its capacity to forge links, create a system of exchange and reciprocity between individuals within a given environment. From this perspective, all projects ultimately turn into a collaborative effort.
Fields within my head that I don’t stop cultivating
matali crasset procedes like a researcher through documentation and meticulous deconstruction. She enjoys questioning the evidence to uncover the deepest logics of situations, and thus come up with creative and audacious possibilities out of the ordinary.
matali crasset favours human adventures and experiences. She systematically works in close relationship with her commissioners. She also conceives transmission as part of her work as a designer. She has given over two hundred conferences throughout the world. She has been teaching at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD) since 2010, and she further takes part in numerous symposiums and juries.
matali crasset has always conceived lively places as deeply welcoming. This actually shows within the architectures she has made specifically for the hotel trade (Hi Hotels in Nice, Nefta, and Paris, France and Tunisia, respectively), as well as private dwellings she has designed in close relationship with their inhabitants as dynamic modular spaces, opened onto the exterior.
This modern mix mocks the codes of interior design and integrates French bourgeois mouldings and decor into the modernity of concrete, creating a kind of absorption of decorative codes into a contemporary language: A decorative oxymoron. Certain parts evoke the feeling of an 18th century or classic Haussmannian French apartment through the repetition of faux carpentry and trimming. Hollow lines create depth and light specific to concrete surfaces, developing solid forms and empty spaces.
Photographic credit: ©Maxime Leyvastre with Mathilde Gullaud, Clément Vayssieres, Josselyn Lambert | Portrait photo: ©Julien Jouanjus