Guillaume Delvigne, French industrial designer.

Hello Guillaume, how are you?

I’m fine, thank you, preparing to be a dad very soon…

Can you introduce yourself?

I’m a French industrial designer, running my own small studio around object and furniture for various companies, from industry to limited edition.

Can you tell us more about your experiences in Milan and Paris?

I’ve been to Milan for my Erasmus journey and I really loved it so I decided to start to work there after my diploma. I stayed 2 years at George Sowden’s studio and then I moved to Paris to work as a freelance for other designers.

Where does your interest in design come from?

It comes from very far. As a child I was drawing all the time and when I turned 14 I discovered this word and its meaning, that was exactly what I wanted to do, I never changed my mind. At the beginning I wanted to design cars and shoes and then the furniture field became my goal.

Would you like to explain to us one of your projects?

Let’s talk about my “Losange” table for Habitat. They wanted to have a big extending table, which accept to be an extending table. So I played around this idea and a centerpiece in the middle came up. You almost have two tables in the same one, depending on how many you are around.

Do you have a favorite material to work with?

Not really, what I like is to have the opportunity to often change. I’m used to work mainly with wood, metal, ceramic, glass, and stone. Recently I discovered wicker for a project and it was really exciting trying to understand the material and to design something new.

Is there any designer you appreciate a lot?

There are a lot of designers I appreciate. My favorites are Italian like Ettore Sottsass or Achille Castiglioni. They really made me love this job. I also really love the work of the Bouroullec brothers and Konstantin Grcic, every project they bring is interesting and make me think in a different way.

Is there a book which opened your eyes about design?

“Sottsass 700 drawings” was very important for me, it made me understand that there wasn’t one way to draw and it really opened my mind about boundaries in design.

The last word…

Long life to Ligature and design lovers!

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Interview: Dennis Moya & Tiffany Bähler — 02.16 / Products ©Guillaume Delvigne.

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