The suspension "Taraxacum 88" at Flos.
Philippe Nigro juggles with materials to turn them into real works of art. From Milan to Paris, the French designer is crumbling under the rewards ... Interview of the artist around his favorite addresses in Saint-Germain.
Independent designer Philippe Nigro worked for a few years alongside Michele de Lucchi. He collaborates with Ligne Roset, Cinna, Barilla, LVMH, Foscarini, DePadova, Discipline, Baccarat and Hermes. In 2014, he was named Designer of the Year at Maison & Objet's Now Fair and commissioned by the Milan Triennale to produce the scenography for the 7th edition of the Design Museum.
One of the aspects of your job that you particularly like?
Philippe Nigro: It is interesting to discover and to apprehend different materials to use them at best, the Baccarat crystal, the leather at Hermès, the rotomoulded plastic at Serralunga ...
You share yourself between Paris and Milan. How do you live both cultures?
Philippe Nigro: After my French training - Applied Arts and Product Design at La Martinière, Lyon, and Boulle School in Paris - my first job was in Milan, alongside Michele de Lucchi. His very Italian approach, very rich, turned also towards the applied arts, the scenography, the interior architecture, was a very good complement.
Italian design is known for its innovations, especially between the 1960s and the 1990s, when technology surged. Today, technical mastery is assimilated, but we note in aesthetics a return to more traditional and reassuring materials, such as wood. In France, there are fewer furniture editors than in Italy but the design applies to everyday, in various forms. He is very present in services, street furniture, transport ...
What is the design tempo of these two cities?
Philippe Nigro: During the Milan Furniture Fair, the city is full of design! It is more difficult to invade Paris at this point! But the D'Days are a very positive event to make the design known to a wider audience, just like Paris Design Week.
Your Milan news?
Philippe Nigro: A great scenography for Lexus, where will be presented the spirit of these high-end Japanese cars and the art of living that goes with it! As well as an armchair designed for DePadova and new coffee tables in the Hermès boutique in Milan.
The choices of Philippe Nigro in the shops of Saint-Germain
Pieces and creators who have changed the history of design.
At B & B Italia, the chair "Up 5" by Gaetano Pesce, designed in 1969. Overall for the experimentation of materials, especially industrial, led by Gaetano Pesce throughout his career. For the contrast and the surprise effect provided by this chair originally sold flat, its vacuum compacted foam, it deploys all in generosity, in contact with the air! Another chair, the "Feltri" (Cassina), made of felt impregnated with resin, is also a striking example of innovation adapted to a serial object.
At B & B Italia, the armchair "Up 5" by Gaetano Pesce.
At Cappellini, the storage "Side 1" Shiro Kuramata, Japanese designer, close to Ettore Sottsass. This S-shaped column was designed in 1970 and is part of a series of "Progetti Compiuti" dressers. For the whole work of Shiro Kuramata, who applies a reflection between sculpture and function. With him, the most common furniture becomes innovative, poetic, sometimes almost immaterial as the armchair "How high is the moon" stretched sheet metal becoming lace ...
At Cappellini's; the "Side 1" storage by Shiro Kuramata.
At Flos, for the simplicity and the obviousness of the creations of the Milanese to the multiple Compasso d'Oro, Achille Castiglioni. Sometimes tinged with humor like the lamp "Snoopy" or purified as the "Parentesi" on its steel cable. More specifically, the alliance of technology and the poetry of the suspension "Taraxacum 88": an evocation by the name and form of dandelion flowers.
The suspension "Taraxacum 88" at Flos.
Armchair "Torii" Noah Duchaufour-Lawrance at Cinna.
The "Pom Pom" lamp designed by Mattéo Cibic, born from the study of certain exotic plants, comes out of the Calligaris showroom.
Showcase with antique woodwork for a contemporary colorist, Blonde by Franck Vidoff.
Fly of butterflies at Deyrolle.
The taxi head of rue du Bac, in front of an antique gallery.
Unpublished equestrian scene rue du Bac, we shoot a naturalized cheva.