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    Johan Destrumelle

    Johan Destrumelle

    1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

    Clamart (France), but I live in Oise.

    2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

    My first memory related to art, I think it is the stained glass windows in the churches which are incredibly well worked, colored, playing with light.

    3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

    I studied product design but I never “worked” in an artistic field.

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    I’ve always loved shoes, sneakers, and it’s basically this passion that brought me into the world of creation.

    5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

    My creative process was influenced by pointillism. The effects of dots forming a single mass of color have always attracted me. My inspirations for the colors really come from everything I see in everyday life, from my tests, experiments.

    6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

    I draw the structure, shape of the lamp. Once I like it, I come to draw it roughly on the computer in order to do color tests. Once the lamp is “imagined”, I come to create the foam volume, do the electrical wiring. Then, I create the concrete of the desired color, and I place it point by point on the structure.

    7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

    I chose concrete because it is a material that is “simple” to use, accessible and easy to work by hand. I wanted to work with a material without necessarily having to use machines. In addition, concrete is a material that fits in time, perennial.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    The particularity of my creations is that each point is deposited by hand, each piece is therefore truly unique. This is quite a long job, but it allows me to have a visual aspect that I find interesting.

    9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

    Being a young artist myself, I don’t think I have the status or the experience to give sound advice. I just think you have to go after your ideas, and not be afraid to fail.

    10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

    As said before, I am inspired by the pointillism movement. So I try to give it a new dimension by transferring it to a volume.

    11. What designers have influenced you ?

    I really like Ernesto Neto creating visual but also olfactory universes. The very controversial Anish Kapoor, for his insolence, risk taking, even if I do not approve of everything he does.

    Daniel Arsham as well, a contemporary, multidisciplinary artists, working on different objects, supports, but who brings a certain poetry to these creations.

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    I appreciate the work of Virgil Abloh for his vision of objects and visuals. And as previously said Daniel Arsham.

    13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

    I don’t know if we can say inspire, but I love the work of Vasjen Katro (Baugasm) who is a graphic designer, ultra colorful universe, almost saturated, which I find very attractive.

    14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

    Mountain of dots.

    Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
    (The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

    1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?


    2. What is your greatest fear?


    3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


    4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?


    5. Which living person do you most admire?

    My parents

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    I do not know

    7. What is your current state of mind?


    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

    I do not know

    9. What is the quality you most like in a man ?


    10. What is the quality you most like in a woman ?


    11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    To be able to bake

    13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

    more compassionate

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    My friendship

    15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?


    16. Where would you most like to live?

    In Santorini

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    My relatives

    18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?


    19. What is your favorite occupation?


    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    My optimism

    21. What do you most value in your friends?


    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    Bernard Werber

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?

    James Bond

    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?


    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    My parents

    26. What are your favorite names?

    Georges, Yves

    27. What is it that you most dislike?


    28. What is your greatest regret?

    I do not have any.

    29. How would you like to die?

    In my sleep

    30. What is your motto?

    If you can, then do it.

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