Ferréol Babin signs the latest collection from porcelain manufacturer Revol. Yli, “essence of matter” in ancient Greek, highlights not only matter, but the gesture that shapes it through 11 pieces imagined for chefs’ tables.
For this first opus, because this first collection will be followed by another, the meeting between the manufacturer and the designer was essential. “They took the risk of trusting me because the collection is unique: the shapes are asymmetrical and irregular. »
Ferréol then carves the wood but tends to work another material in a softer way. “With wood, it’s a fight with protruding tools. Confrontation is necessary, violent and noisy work. And even before Revol contacted me, I had started modeling stoneware. »
And as the designer had already fashioned his own tools for cutting wood, he has the same approach for clay. Ferréol approaches these two materials in the same way and with the same gestures that it adapts to this sensual land. He seeks to give meaning to the forms he models directly and which are used in the manufacture of moulds. To the precise specifications on the thickness and diameter of the different plates, Revol asks him to add signature pieces. Ferréol responds with the Pelle plate and the Cabosse cup, two containers that chefs can use to present their dishes. In matte black, dyed in the mass, which absorbs light and looks like wrought iron, a more ethereal white enamel finish is added. “I categorically refused color because I wanted silent and timeless objects. »