In a world where architecture, design and art can be very, very serious, it's unbelievably refreshing to come across a designer who likes to approach design with a sense of fun and imagination; meet Grégoire de Lafforest....
Interior designer and architect Grégoire first came to our attention with Cage Archibird, a very gorgeous birdcage table that he created and designed to break convention. The table presents a theatrical aspect to the traditional table, as a homage to curiosity cabinets while the bird cages are designed to look like glass bells, making a nod to the idea of stuffed taxidermy birds.
Another design piece that took our eye is Olab; a lamp that Grégoire designed to look like a balloon and that lights up when a bulb-like pump is squeezed. Made of plywood of walnut, blown glass and lacquered steel, the actual lighting mechanism is hidden, making the lamp feel magical, as if alighted by a small wind. The lamp was created as an edition for Paris Galerie Gosserez.
Originally from Paris, Grégoire is a graduate of ESAG Penninghen and has go on to work at Bruno Moinard, Noah Duchaufour Lawrance and Gilles & Boissier, working on major projects such as the Hermès headquarters, various Cartier boutiques, a mansion for Veuve Clicquot and more recently the restaurant Ciel de Paris at the top of the Montparnasse Tower. All the while, Grégoire developed his own interior architecture and furniture firm and won various design awards and accolades.
Grégoire de Lafforest; gregoiredelafforest.com