Matali Crasset

Digestion n°1, seat cushion, 1998

Filling: polyurethane; cover: polyethylene,
L 78 x W 68 x D 23 cm, ensemble
Photo: Emilio Tremolada, © Edra

Plastic bags, sewn into block shapes, with a zip and two handles. Horizontal and vertical blue and red-and-white stripes create the pattern known all over the world – available everywhere, for a price of 1, 2 or 3 Euro, depending on the size. Robust bags that are quickly used and thrown away. In some places they have cult status. They are also ready parts for padded furniture. For urban living spaces.

Matali Crasset is an industrial designer, a graduate of the ENSCI–Les Ateliers (French national school for advanced studies in design), Paris. At the beginning of 2000, after her initial experience with Denis Santachiara in Italy and with Philippe Starck in France, she set up her own studio in Paris called matali crasset productions. She considers design to be research, working from an off-centred position that makes it possible to both serve daily routines and to trace out future scenarios. With both a knowledgeable and naive view of the world, she questions the obviousness of codes so as to facilitate the breaking of these bonds. Her experience acquired over the years has led her to more work on participative projects, on a local and global level, both in rural and urban settings. Through meetings, creative workshops, discussion and common desires, she works with different project leaders who all share the same conviction that these collective processes result in plausible social-bonding scenarios.

Matali Crasset: Digestion n°1, seat cushion, 1998; photo: Emilio Tremolada, © (Matali Crasset) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017
Photo: Emilio Tremolada, © (Matali Crasset) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017
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