Considering the global and the collective in architecture: this is the credo of Franklin Azzi, elected “Designer of the Year” by Maison & Objet in 2020 and 2021. A distinguished – and rare – award for this architect possessing so many talents, from interior design to urban planning, with whom we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate at The Socialite Family. Specifically, he designed the latest 2.0 coworking space, The Bureau, with interiors he refurbished and furniture sourced by our pro service. Also involved in other creative sectors – with the recent inauguration of his own Endowment Fund for Contemporary Art – this laureate never ceases to amaze us with his multi-disciplinary approach. A hyperactivity and productivity which transforms the Parisian and foreign cartography, leaving us to wonder what the lair of an international figure from a profession that’s in constant evolution would look like. A manifesto, perhaps, which would consist of bringing together in a space forms and materials that are never “mistaken” because they’re durable, timeless and efficient in their design. Like the geometric Wassily steel tube armchair designed by Marcel Breuer, a true “symbol of industry, mass production, standardisation and functionalism” or “the Jean Prouvé table and chairs with iron-clad strength”. Signed pieces that our host mixes indiscriminately with equally rational objects – a bundle of special army mats, for example. A “zero degree design” find that time cannot alter, confirming the Glasgow School of Art graduate’s desire to give life to a scenography that views furniture for what it is. These are constants that honour the work of the man without artifice. Interview.
Photography : Jeanne Perrotte – Text : Juliette Bruneau @thesocialitefamily