Determined, cultivated and curious, Victoria Wilmotte has a technician’s attention to detail and an enthusiast’s fresh approach. These two complementary qualities made for a promising early career. In terms of ornamentation, she prefers bold, chiselled, geometric and precise forms. She experiments to achieve the perfect angle and ideal texture, like a sculptor, while holding her own as an artist.
Victoria has always cultivated a particular interest in materials and shapes as well as both industrial and artisanal manufacturing processes.
I am heavily influenced by the industrial world and, finally, I started to use industrial architectural motifs again. I took a simple corrugated steel sheet, which is used to cover the façades of industrial buildings and make roofs. I dressed it up to make it more sophisticated and turned it into a real architectural element, by forming a shape that was only used for industry.
Victoria Wilmotte’s signature style now forms her brand and can be seen in her personal creations and her collaborations with numerous clients. She is equally skilled at handling industrial production projects and bespoke orders, such as creating enormous tables, marble fireplaces, and decorative wall panel series in industrial quantities for hotels or even for individuals.
The Factory panel designed for the Panbeton® collection reflects my signature folded steel style. When applied to concrete, that folding takes the shape of an architectural-scale industrial detail and is enhanced by the material and lighting effects.
Mirrors, rugs and coffee tables - she tackles every part of our domestic world with the same rigour, including the switches. Black and white are often recurring themes in her projects, “probably,” she states, “because of the preliminary drawings,” but she also naturally tends towards bold colours “inspired by the industrial setting and signage norms.” Victoria Wilmotte enjoys meticulously overseeing all steps of the creation process, “from visiting the factories to making the items alongside the craftsperson.”
For me, concrete, especially the smell, reminds me of my childhood. When I was little, I was fascinated by the smell of fresh concrete and now when I go by a construction site, memories of my childhood come flooding back to me.