Saturday, September 12
Ciguë: Materialised Instincts
"Playing the architect and the builder: this dynamic duality best describes the work of French design studio Ciguë. A DIY practice sought after by luxury brands including Isabelle Marant and Kris van Assche, Ciguë was born out of a collaboration between four aspiring craftsmen – then students at Paris’s La Villette School of Architecture. Now the practice encompasses a growing team of 19 members, straddling architecture, interior design and shape-shifting installations. While intuitive collaboration remains at the forefront of Ciguë's vision, it is their experimental use of materials, namely wood and steel, that has made them design-world stars. For the concluding part of The Cultural, director Matt Black catches up with the designers in and around their workshop in the Paris suburb of Montreuil – where you won't find a computer-generated design in sight. ..."