Without exception, the designs of Patrick Paris are grafted on a minimalism that stretches from the cold, rough materials over the tight geometries, right angles and sharp edges to a total lack of colour. His new collections for Serax, Le Petit Photophore de Béton and l’Obstacle d’Appartement, reflect another divergence on this theme. With his strong predilection for concrete, the French designer is again looking for the limits of austerity. Only to push them further when he finds them. And that in his distinctive Bauhaus style. Tealight holders and a side table with surprising elements that emphasise their functionality – though some may question it instead - or, as with his previously released Eaunophe lamps for Serax, emit a totally unexpected warmth as soon as the object is used.
With the Flastaire lamp, Paris circles back to his favourite object: the concrete lamp. The inspiration for this object is fully in line with Paris’ collection of tea light holders ‘Le Petit Photophore de Béton’. “A concrete surface on the outside: rectangular, cold and sober – in sharp contrast with the circular cutout that reflects a warm and flickering light from the sunken lamp.” Paris loves to play with the material, juxtaposing its rough nature against the lightness of the cutout and the reflection of light. Because the lamp is recessed in the inner round figure, there is no risk of being blinded. “I never get tired of looking at the crescent moon that the light draws on the concrete form and seeing it from different angles. It is ideal mood lighting.”
What is unique about this concrete cylindrical pendant lamp? That is entirely up to you. With BROQUAINE, Patrick Paris pushes the boundaries of industrial design by involving the end user in the creative process. He offers you the opportunity to add the finishing touch to this design yourself. “With one blow of the hammer, you open the way for the light,” Paris explains. “And since each hammer blow is different, every single lamp is unique.” The light inside the cylinder not only reflects on the pointed remains of the hammer blow, but also on the area around it. “Due to this personal touch, all BROQUAINE lamps also vary in length. You could choose to hang them in a row and play with lengths and alignments,” says Paris, who sees this design mainly as an invitation to literally take matters into your own hands.