Every year, the international exhibition offers emerging designers the opportunity to put their work on show through Talents à la Carte. Held from 4-8 September, this edition’s offering provided six fresh design talents, all French, the forum to gain exposure to professionals in the industry. One of the practices represented at the September, 2015 edition was Celia-Hannes, the French-Austrian duo of Célia Picard and Hannes Schreckensberger.
Working across disciplines of architecture, art and design, the pair considers their research-based practice as a way to develop a critical observation of architecture and the symbolism of objects. With Pickard’s background in architecture and Schreckensberger holding an Honours degree in the field of visual culture, they consider the territories of cities and rural areas as vast public domain databases and use them as resources for their projects. Their conceptual objects explore the idea of simplicity and reduction, and this aesthetic was visibly noticeable at their carefully curated exhibition in Maison&Objet.
Highlights included the showing of ‘Shrine’ a stained-oak coffee table hailing from the Superfurniture family, which is based around delicately showing products complete with architectural elements. A selection of works from their Frugal Collection Cape Town were also on show. The collaborative project with local basket weavers and mild steel rod benders from the townships of Cape Town resulted in the creation of a metal wire stool with integrated storage space, grass mat wall tiles, a rope and steel hanging system, and grass wall mats that incorporate powder-coated steel hanging elements.
Picard and Schreckensberger are also the founders of Revue DAS, an independent research and publishing platform with focus on the genesis of ideas in architecture and design.