Matali Crasset

By education, Matali Crasset is an industrial designer. She took her first steps in the 1990’s with Denis Santachiara in Italy and Philippe Starck in France. In the early 2000’s, she created her own organisation, matali crasset productions. She set up her studio in the heart of the popular Parisian district of Belleville, in an old printing shop refurbished into lodgings and small gardens, alongside her home right in the midst of the going and coming neighbour and gallivanting children.

Matali Crasset sees design as a research process. She works from an off-centred posture that lets her act on daily life and project scenarios for the future at the same time. Her methodology is made up of observations of ordinary practices and challenges of ordinary organisation principles. Like her emblematic object the “When Jim comes to Paris” hospitality column, it is on the basis of close observation of customs that she invents new rituals. With a gaze that is both expert and always new on the world, she questions the obvious codes in order to go beyond them better. Her work then consists of looking for new typologies and formulating innovative life logic. She defines this research as an accompaniment, softly, toward the contemporary.