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Marcel Poulain, after careful consideration

With the need to contextualize their work to make it as accurate as possible, the winners of the National Furniture Award at the Design Parade 2021 Festival unfold scenarios in advance of their projects.

Clémence Plumelet and Geoffrey Pascal met at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, after a course of study at theShe attended the École supérieure des arts appliqués Duperré and he attended Parsons School. Both in agency, they have just set up in parallel their design studio, Marcel Poulain. The creation of this structure follows the couple’s selection for the 2021 International Design Parade Festival, interior design section. With the constraint of “creating a living room in a Mediterranean house”, the two designers presented a refreshing installation, a lounge-bar with soft furniture taking up the pool codes of the Riviera.

Thanks to the award of the Mobilier national, the tandem benefited from a year of residency with the ARC (Atelier de recherche et de création) to create a piece of furniture that would then become part of the institution’s collections and be available for exhibitions and for the design of spaces in France and abroad. A design piece that will be moved often.

Project Arrival at the Summer Palace, Marcel Poulain studio

From this context, the duo imagined Terence, a traveler sofa with a wooden shell structure that can be folded like a trunk, making it easy and safe to transport. A clever creation, presented at the Design Parade Festival 2022 in a scenography showing the ability of designers to combine, in a given place, narrative and functional dimensions. “What defines our practice is object design, but we like overall projects, with a common thread. Thinking about everything, really going into detail and designing furniture elements that are in dialogue with the space.”

Folle Envie Project, Marcel Poulain Studio
Folle Envie Project, Marcel Poulain Studio

If they are already working on proposals for publishers and a project for an apartment in the South, Clémence Plumelet and Geoffrey Pascal would like to renew the experience of the residency, and not enter immediately into a logic of rapid production. “We prefer to take our time so that the message is the right one with the people who might call on us.”

Litza Gerogopoulos

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