“Life is all about encounters”: that’s what we were thinking while walking in Paris to go Alex Palenski apartment-studio. This prodigy of the mobile was going to prove us right without knowing it by introducing us his partner, the illustrator Flora Mitjavile. We were curious and willing to know more about this talented duo, so we kept asking them thousands of questions. Why did they choose to centralise their creative process? Where do they dream of seeing their productions hanged? The answers were full of references and explanations.Without a second thought, Alex took us to visit the place. He creates the mobile parts of his works there. A very meticulous work of assembly which is not to be compared to the quick rhythm of the family studio in Normandy. No sparks and no dust there. In Alex and Flora’s apartment, the setting is cosy yet elegant. Perfect for creation and going with the flow. While the sculptor’s wire cutters are shaping the metal, the drawer is looking for the graphic accident which will make the magic of a line appear. She has always had a preference for drawing . Even after having tried painting. According to her, it’s the base of every work. Almost as much as steel for Alex. His grandfather, a designer, taught him all about it. This family figure taught him how to mix aesthetics and know-how, while encouraging him to develop his own techniques. The result is great. Unique and impossible to imitate. One piece after another, Alex keeps mixing lightness, delicacy and solidity of the structures. A prowess he now carries out on other materials.
Credits Photography : Constance Gennari – Text : Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily
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