“NATURAL MATERIALS ARE ALWAYS THE STARTING POINT”
Meet Designer Bastien Taillard
Bastien’s passion for design runs through his blood, all his family are interior decorators, designers and fashion designers. After studying at art school age 16, he went on to ENSCI, one of the most prestigious design schools in Paris, where he honed his craft. Bastien became Head of Design at French design house Bleu Nature, where he met Tim Oulton.
What inspires you?
I’m heavily influenced by nature and technology. Natural materials are always the starting point for me – the material comes first and then the design and shape. I’m interesting in using materials in new ways, so I spend a lot of time researching the material and then coming up with different ways of using it. I’ve always admired the architect Jean Nouvel, he pushes the boundaries of creative experimentation – he’s not afraid to try new ideas and for me, innovation is key. I’m also inspired by Charlotte Perriand, she’s done a lot to bring industrial design into furniture.
Which material do you like working with the most?
I work with a bit of everything but I especially love the natural elements. With the Trapt collection, it’s a very delicate process combining the natural timber with the resin, because the wood is a live material so you have to get the conditions just right. I wanted to create something that felt natural and earthy, which showed off the character of the timber, but still felt very modern.
What makes a design classic?
Classic design always use a basic sequence of shapes. So as a designer, you’re always asking yourself how to make it simple. The simplicity is what makes it timeless. You can’t create a classic, it becomes a classic.