Paris and France are home to some of the best Product Designers of the World. Working for some of the most prestigious brands of the world and producing their own pieces in their vert own name, these 10 product designers are some of the best that Paris has to offer to the world
Even though he started the career in the design world late, Christophe Pillet has become a reference by his irreverent design projects. Specializing in interior design and interior architecture, he portrays french design through each of his projects adding a bit of sophistication but keeping in mind the practical side of it. From the astonishing Hotel Sahrai in Morocco to the awe-inspiring St. Tropez Villa, Christophe never ceases to amaze us with elegance and grace.
The seasoned globetrotter lived in Iran and New York (to name just a few locations) before settling in Paris and becoming the art director for Christian Liaigre. Now a great name in her own right, the French designer draws upon her well-travelled upbringing in England, France, Germany and the United States, integrating vibrant colour in her work from early years in America and plush materials inspired by her experiences in Paris. Arguably the edgiest French interior/product designer on our list, Mahdavi’s designs feature modern, imaginative aesthetics heavily.The epitome of eclecticism, Mahdavi is able to create super-luxurious Art Deco spaces in Claridge’s just as effectively as a playful, thoroughly feminine dining room at Sketch, Mayfair’s uber.
Fench designer and architect, Jean-Marie Massaud, who best describes himself as a perfectionist and generous person, embodies this reality perfectly, deserves to be on this list. The world of design works in mysterious ways concerning the experiences and meanings it provides. It is a detailed art form that requires an abundant amount of willpower and passion from its resourceful professionals.
Joseph Dirand has built a career incorporating a quintessential French style of design into otherwise minimalist interiors. He emphasizes strong lines, classic elements, lighting, rich materials, particularly marble, and the telling detail that brings life to an interior. Amongst his main projects are shop interiors for Alexander Wang, home, hotel and restaurants interiors in Paris, New York and Beirut.
At the forefront of the international design scene, Mathieu Lehanneur is one of the few designers of his contemporaries who can embrace as many different fields beyond furniture. He innovates with objects and magic architectural structures that breath design, science, art and technology. Air, water, sound and light are his favourite materials to work on. His diploma project at ENSCI – Les Ateliers entitled “Therapeutic objects” – is a project on the ergonomics of medicine, which was immediately integrated on MoMa’s permanent collection.
Patrick Jouin is a designer whose creativity finds an expression in industrial design for the decorative arts. With the top manufacturers, Cassina, Kartell, Alessi, Puiforcat, JC Decaux or Fermob, and for exceptional projects, Patrick found a place in the landscape of international design where only a few know how to evolve with both ease and strength as he does. The designer founded his own agency in 1998, in the 11th arrondissement in Paris, in 1999 he met Alain Ducasse with whom he collaborated to design many restaurants such as the Alain Ducasse au “Plaza Athénée”, “Be boulangerie-epicerie”, in Paris, and Mix New York restaurant.
Born and raised in Lyon, Pierre Gonalons is a top product designer based in Paris. With an Italian cultural background, he has early developed French heritage and art history awareness. As one of the best product designers in the world, Pierre offers a vision of contemporary design that combines an echo of decorative arts or popular culture to minimalist lines: his creative works are symbols of a meeting between the past and the future.
Known for biomorphic furniture and sculptures, Philippe Hiquily was a French artist and top product designer. During his career, he was able to combine modernist design, insect physiognomy, and human sexuality, to create unique Surrealist artworks. Born in Paris, he attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Orléans and later the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Internationally acclaimed French creator, designer, and architect, Philippe Starck is an untiring and rebellious citizen of the world, who considers it his duty to share his ethical and subversive vision of a fairer planet, creates unconventional places and objects whose purpose is to be “good” before being beautiful.
Ramy Fischler is a Belgian designer based in Paris, with an eclectic creative practice. After graduating from the École Nationale supérieure de création Industrielle ENSCI-Les Ateliers, he joined Patrick Jouin’s agency in 2001. They worked together for almost ten years, during which time Ramy Fischler honed his taste for research, innovation and exploring new territories in design, taking the helm on numerous projects in the cultural, gastronomic and conceptual design spheres.