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.
The artisanal creations pictured contrast with an increasingly modernised Paris, and show why sticking to your vision always reaps the best results. All of the films in The Cultural embody the idea that the biggest decisions in life should be made by following your gut instincts.