Interior architect and designer, François Champsaur goes on with prestigious achievements in which he integrates his own creations of furniture and lighting. A double cap that makes him a complete artist who gave us a little time to get to know him better.
Tell us about your background.
I started with the fine arts of Marseille then I followed with the brilliant National School of Decorative Arts (ENSAD). My journey is then quite eclectic because I went to great architects and decorators, all very different. In 1996, I set up on my own and since countless trips to the Mediterranean side have nourished me through the unique way of life of this culture.
How would you define your work?
I am the craftsman of a certain savoir-vivre, promoter (or rather defender) of quality know-how. I advocate work on the search for modernity in relation to the exceptional knowledge of artisans on the subject.
What is the difference between working on a place and working on an object?
The scale of course but also the approach. The space serves as a living environment; it must be thought out enough to be invisible and very present, therefore ultimately familiar and very sensual. The object participates in this energy relationship and must have through its presence and positioning a stronger and daily contact!
What are your inspirations in particular for the lamp "The space between the drops"?
Contrasts, tensions, disturbances and nonconformism call for the development of new ideas, unexpected and regenerating creations. "The space between the drops" was born from the meeting between a sheet of brass and a sheet of paper together describing a complex movement in space. The contrast of materials and forms creates a dynamic, a kind of dance highlighted. The radiation takes shape on the brass and diffuses gently through the paper.
What are your next projects ?
I am preparing two renovations of hotels in Paris including the prestigious Vernet hotel, a collaboration with a traditional pottery house, the new HC28 furniture collections, among others ... And then the creation of an eco-resort near Marseille and Cassis, a project that has been close to my heart for many years. > More info on www.champsaur.com