In order to understand the work of an architect, or a designer, to perceive truly the direction of his line, we have to consider his counterpoint, his perspective line. For Joran Briand, it’s the ocean. If he is now known for his urban inclusions – he has conceived the huge concrete nets on both the Mucem and the Jean-Bouin stadium for Rudy Ricciotti, in collaboration with Etienne Vallet – This young designer, trained at Olivier de Serres and the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, keeps looking for the sea, open waters, the constant flow of waves unfolding. When he designs a jute stool for SaintLuc, the silhouette of a mooring bollard appears. When he initiates the collective exhibition Granit, he contributes with a surfing board, and inclusions of embroidery. Even his concrete bench prototype, designed for Vinci, seems to be spreading towards the swell… It is thusly, inspired by a deep knowledge of architecture, that Joran Briand always questions the object’s dimension. He imprints on his creations a dialogue on a wider scale, one of structure, of buildings, -of space.
Photos: Cyrille Weiner, text: PH Bizon
2005 – 2012
2005 / Ceiling light system “Neurone”, Davide Groppi
2006 / Fresco “Zebra”, Les grands moulins university, Paris
2009 / Climbing light « lampe grimpante », VIA competition
2011 / Ministry of Defence Furniture, Balard competition, Norman Foster Collaboration
2012 / Museum lighting « Mura », Magnalucis
April / Curator and art direction “Granit“, Montreuil
July / Retail design and art direction, Cuisse de grenouille shop, Paris
September / Ceiling light « Bridget », ENO studio
November / Fresco and fence design, Lilas school, Fresnes, collaboration Chartier Dalix
November / light collection « Stripes », Confidence and light
April / Tableware objects “Acropora”, research project Designer’s day
April / Light collection « Vera », Roche Bobois
Mai / Curator and art direction “Granit“, Paris
July / Urban bench ” Conquest”, Silvera
July/ Wood game “Home”, Cinq points
December / Exhibition Cabinet de curiosité Thomas Erber, Bangkok
Janvier / R*generation project – Furniture and signage for Renault design campus , collaboration Chartier Dalix.
Mars / Surf festival exhibition – MACBA, “Pool” chopping board for LPAR.
Avril / MAM St-Etienne exhibition, “Conquest” urban bench for Silvera, international design fair.
Avril / “Noé” armchair for Perrouin.
Mai / “Fax” Lamp for Saintluc.
Mai / “Candy” Guitar for the band La Femme, by Seewhy.
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