Design Talk: Jean-Marie Massaud11.02.2010 / 17:34
Born in France in 1966, Jean-Marie Massaud studied at the renowned "Les Ateliers Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle" in Paris. After completing his studies, he first worked with Marc Berthier; then in 2000, he founded the successful "Studio Massaud" together with Daniel Pouzet.
Studio Massaud designs influential furniture and products for Cassina, B&B Italia and Axor Hansgrohe as well as stores and stands for Lancôme and Poltrona Frau.
Massaud's work has been honored with numerous prizes including the Compasso d'Oro (1995-98), the Designer of the Year Award (Paris Furniture Fair 2007), and the ELLE Decoration International Award (2007).
A Short Interview with Jean-Marie Massaud timeless.
Q: What is Beauty?
A: Beauty is pure emotion.
Q: What is Design?
A: Design is making the experience of progress, creating life scenarios.
Q: What is the function of Design?
A: It aims to take part in a new consumption model based on “being” rather than on “having”.
Q: What is special about your design?
A: I hope it is relevant, light and timeless.
Q: What is the best designer piece ever?
A: The wheel.
Q: Why did you become a designer?
A: I wanted to feel free and invent projects.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Systems, life, nature.
Q: What motivates you?
A: The human adventure.
Q: Is there a designer whom you admire?
A: Da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Eames.
Q: Where do you work? What does your workplace look like?
A: I can work anywhere. My office looks like a mess and comfortable ecosystem.
Q: What is your favorite vacation spot?
A: Under water.
Q: What is the most valuable item in your possession?
A: Nothing but life… And even…
Q: What is the most difficult point during the creation of a new collection?
A: It may be sometimes to be in line with the abilities of the company.
Q: Your favourite city?
A: Venice during the Art biennale.
Q: In your opinion, what is typical for the design of DEDON?
A: Quality, comfort and joy.
Q: What were the five most important moments of your career?
A: My birth; my childhood; when I discovered mathematics, physics and in general human sciences; my studies in Paris; my “father” and professor Marc Berthier