After being an artistic director for over 20 years, Frédérick Gautier embarked on studies at the École du Paysage in Versailles, where he became acquainted with product modelling and ceramics.
With a distinct preference for simple shapes with rough concrete aspects, the French designer pays tribute to his interest in architecture. His taste for brutalism led him to work in concrete with his designs emphasising the texture and imperfections of the material - any form of embellishment rendered redundant - echoing some of the masters such as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer.
“Although I am immensely interested in Brutalism, I am not charmed by really brutal objects. I am mainly looking for simplicity and functionality.”
Gautier is perhaps more of an artist than a designer. Behind every object there is carefully considered inspiration, a story, or a technique he has worked on for months. Gautier’s brutalist work leaves no one unmoved. You either love it or hate it.
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