While most designers seek the perfect balance between design and function, Nicolas Destino finds beauty through defunctionalisation. His offbeat, geometrically inclined designs leave room for the imagination and boundless creativity. Destino's original creations are not simply aesthetic objects of function, but offer another layer of thought. He conceptualises his designs by playing with purpose and perception... on a macro scale, he is blurring the boundary between art, design, and in some cases, fashion; having collaborated with houses like Christian Louboutin, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Louis Vuitton. We met with Destino at Maison&Objet to learn more about his fascinatingly alluring design creations...
"I love refined and minimalist things, but which have an identity." Nicolas Destino
CM: How did you get to where you are today?
I'm always making things. Projects, exhibitions, trade fairs over 10 years. With time, my work has been known in Belgium, and nowadays, I am expanding my work in France, that’s why I'm showing at the Maison&Objet trade fair this year.
CM: How would you describe your style?
I love refined and minimalist things, but which have an identity. For projects with more freedom, I associate pure form to themes such as medical world, Belgium, suicide. Currently, I am working on my new collection based on fashion. To all of my creations I give a humour and original touch.
I've always had a passion, a feeling, a desire to create objects and to express myself in my work.
CM: What does the "de-functionalization" of an object bring to its design and function?
To take out the object’s function allows it to be free from technical constraints and open more space to creativity.
CM: Tell us about the materials you work with... and your choice of colors.
I usually work with all kinds of material. I love using metal in my work because it allows for possibilities like laser cutting. I love lacquered wood, because it gives a uniformity that I really appreciate. The painted foam that I use is also interesting. I developed several seats with this process which is controlled by a company in Belgium. This process allows sobriety, no seams and allows for only one item.
For my last fashion objet series, I worked with a Parisian folder for the conception of the Jean-Paul Gauthier’s lamp.
"To simplify things is to calm the spirit." Nicolas Destino
CM: What draws you to geometric shapes?
I really appreciate when things are simple because everything around us is too complicated. To simplify things is to calm the spirit. When I create an object including simple forms, which are known by everyone, anyone’s brain can recognize these forms.
I really want to be distinguished to other designers, that’s why I add identity and concept to the objet.
CM: Tell us more about this "ambiguity" you strive to represent in your work?
My creation proceeds between function and art, between industry and handicraft. I absolutely do not want to create any « ambiguity » that it impose upon itself.
CM: What do your manufacturing and creative processes entail?
Strictness, follow up and adaptation capacity.
CM: What are you working on now? Next?
I worked on fashion object series for one year. For the first time, I will reveal my last three fashion creations during a cocktail at the Belgian Ambassador’s residence in Paris.
For this project, I chose to use the object to re interpret the universes of three fashion emblematic creators: One high table inspired by Louboutin’s red sole, one Jean Paul Gauthiers’ light under a cage and one Louis Vuitton’s chair couvered by luxury anti pigeons spikes.
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