How does your creative process connect your practice of ceramics and architecture?

The idea behind Studio Racines [roots in French] is to go back to the very roots of the way of producing and sourcing the materials. The roots are also a metaphor that connect the different crafts represented in our studio: from architecture to ceramic or woodwork production. This sensitivity for the craftsmanship is what links our activities of architecture and ceramics and allows us to create a coherent and harmonious unity.

Studio Racines workshop and store, in Paris.

What is the role of raw materials in your architecture and ceramics practices?

Material exploration is key in our creations; the materials we use are constantly questioned to ensure they meet the values we hold. Our first intention is to respect the natural state of each material and preserve their raw aspect. Our ceramics are made from chamotte clay, giving a natural and textured finish to our pieces. In architecture, we follow the same philosophy to maintain a balanced relationship between light, space, and touch.

Textured vases. Photo credit Studio Racines.

How do you envision your design and architectural practice in a world of limited resources?

We design spaces and objects with high quality standards so they can last and be passed on. To avoid waste culture, we create with the impact of time on objects and spaces in mind. Time gives them a patina, and we try to enhance this feature from the beginning so that our creations carry the evolution of time as their inner quality. Times enhance their beauty instead of damaging them, as for our ceramic pieces are repaired using the Japanese technique of kintsugi, again with the aim of not discarding anything.

Kintsugi on Studio Racines ceramics. Photo credit Studio Racines.

Studio Racines’ reference 1: Samy Rio.

Extract from “Futur-proof? – Ongoing research 2015-2020”, Samy Rio.

Studio Racines’ reference 2: Bingo Club.

“Dance Me“ cover, 2020. Photo credit Bingo Club.

Studio Racines’ reference 3: Emmanuelle Roule.

Photo credit Emmanuelle Roule.

Studio Racines’ reference 4: Marie Passa.

“L'effet Wittgenstein Chapitre I” by Marie Passa. Photo credit Marie Passa.
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In conversation with: Studio Racines