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    Lisa Allegra

    Lisa Allegra

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

    I am French and was born in 1986.

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

    As far back as I can remember I have always had a strong interest in pictorial art. At a very young age, my mother always “put me down” in museums with a box of crayons and I would stand in front of the paintings and reinterpret them. Museums, dance performances, and my participation in cultural and artistic events were part of my childhood games.
    And then these childhood games became my passion and then my profession.

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

    4. What led you to the design creation ?

    Yes, I studied at the Arts Décoratifs school, which combined the designer’s conception and drawing work with experimentation in the studio (wood, metal, glass, ceramics etc.). After graduating, I worked in Parisian design studios and then at Diptyque Paris where I was in charge of creating window displays around the world.
    After this experience I wanted to return to my first love by combining furniture design with a know-how: ceramics.

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

    I need to let a project, a piece, instill until it is as precise as possible. I need to understand its shape in 3 dimensions and know how to build it. After this stage, I draw it. The drawing phase is used to find the proportions. I quickly move on to the model and prototype phase so that I can make changes to the shape to make it consistent with the material I am working with.

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

    The joy of this job is that the content of my days changes according to the projects of the moment. No two days are alike. What is certain is that in one day (which are very long! ☺) I can create new pieces, exchange with architects, galleries, private individuals, take photos to communicate my work on social networks, launch a kiln and imagine the future of my little business!

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

    For me, clay is associated with childhood and a simple and primitive way of approaching the creation of a form. This material has several aspects: its instinctive and easily accessible part combined with the virtuosity that can be achieved with experience and the rigour of technical gestures. It is also a material that cannot be totally mastered, which makes us humble in front of it.

    8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

    Their apparent simplicity and their balancing act.

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

    Have a lot of curiosity, want to learn everything, whether it is with your material but also with the layout of a piece, photography, communication, etc. To have people around you who believe in you and above all to like short nights ☺

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

    It is difficult to identify a particular movement. My work is sometimes in line with the different artistic movements I have learned during my career and sometimes in opposition. I would say that I am more inspired by Quaker furniture, Donald Judd’s minimalist sculptures, John Pawson’s spaces bathed in soft light, Jasper Morrison’s pure design, etc.

    11. What designers have influenced you ?

    The artists who have shaped my vision are quite far from the field of object design.
    James Turrell, Anish Kapoor, Do Ho Suh, Penone: their works are experiences, an immersion in our emotions and a connection with ourselves. It is a story of sensation, the same one that runs through me when working with clay.
    There is also the work of architects like Tadao Ando or Libeskind, who propose a very sensorial architecture.
    The design of Naoto Fukasawa or Carlo Scarpa inspires me by their attention to detail.

    12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

    Faye Toogood, BLESS, Max Lamb, etc.

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

    Designers who have a very strong awareness of their universe and the values they want to convey through their creation or their business model, like Margiela or Jacquemus for example.

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

    An object = an idea.
    What a detail tells.
    Working with simple yet soft objects.

    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?

    Ethel and Jean-Luc, my parents

    6. What is your greatest extravagance?

    Not to have any

    7. What is your current state of mind?

    Confident blur

    8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


    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?

    All sorts of very French expressions (that are full of imagery)

    12. Which talent would you most like to have?

    Speak several languages

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

    My physical and mental hyperactivity

    14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    My children

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

    A new born

    16. Where would you most like to live?

    Anywhere, it depends with whom

    17. What is your most treasured possession?

    I am not a materialist

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


    19. What is your favorite occupation?

    Thinking about a new project

    20. What is your most marked characteristic?

    Talking all the time

    21. What do you most value in your friends?

    Their kindness and loyalty

    22. Who are your favorite writers?

    Georges Perec

    23. Who is your hero of fiction?

    Louise (from Thelma and Louise)

    24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

    Charlotte Perriand

    25. Who are your heroes in real life?

    My man

    26. What are your favorite names?

    The names of my children

    27. What is it that you most dislike?


    28. What is your greatest regret?

    Too young to have regrets

    29. How would you like to die?

    In my sleep

    30. What is your motto?

    Be interested in everything, always learn, doubt a little, act a lot and move forward with confidence

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