All year long we visit as many suppliers and nurseries as possible in a variety of locations. The goal is to gain knowledge and understanding of the many resources available to us for our projects.
Getting to know the resources is a fantastic part of the job and it’s very different from working with a catalogue. We are lucky to have access to many suppliers who have mastered their craft. We are in a real relationship with them, we discuss new trends, new techniques, and market evolution, they have great understanding of their field and styles of their own too.
Once the conceptual, technical, and researching parts have been completed, the Artistic Director issues a very detailed document, a preview of the project, looking very realistic. The narration and illustrations are then built to guide the clients inside the project, this way they can have a feeling of what the spaces will be like, look like, feel like.
COMMUNICATING WITH ARTISANS
I embark on quests to find the elements that reflect the universe I wish to create. With artisans, who have mastered their crafts, I am able to work on a specific finish, custom dimensions, or a particular shape. This is the best way to breathe life into a universe. The objects thus becoming unique as they fit into a cohesive whole.
CREATION WITH TEXTURES & MATERIALS
Suppliers are selected for their technical skills appraised through their existing productions. Perfect knowledge and understanding of the material are necessary, as we will most likely ask them to adapt their work to our specific requests in order to follow our quality and style guidelines, in terms of colors, smoothness, texture, shapes and cuts needed to confer coherence to the whole project.
WRAPPED IN VEGETAL
The Artistic Director works with local flora specialists to evaluate and choose each plant and tree, to anticipate its evolution, to guarantee its durability. He will then create themes, in relation to the indoors spaces. Trees, plants, flowers will be selected to form a coherent ensemble, in terms of fragrances, geometric patterns, tones and shades…
The project must generate dialogue between all stakeholders to ensure that the structural and technical aspects, perspective lines, lighting effects, materials used, whether natural or new, works of art, soundscapes, music, textiles, furniture, objects, even the scents and logo, will be compatible and complement each other.
The consistency even extends to the dress code for the site in the case of a hotel, restaurant, or beach club. To choose the many different elements and components: color panel, textures, materials, art pieces, lighting, smells, furniture, accessories, etc. a global view is needed, all this will instill identity to the project.