The lights at the end of the tunnel.
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Contrast explores the inherent physical characteristics within various metals such as bronze, copper, brass, aluminum, carbon or stainless steel. It is a play on weights, colours, textures and light using industrially produced pipes as raw material.A simple plane cut is processed in order to convert these elementary industrial supplies into different lighting object typologies. These either CNC-milled, laser-cut or crafted openings reveal the insides of the pipes in opposition to their outsides. The tension created is reinforced through the use of numerous surface treatments ranging from industrial ones such as lacquering, anodizing, polishing and brushing to crafted patinas and natural oxidations.
Born in Paris suburbs, designer Julien Carretero first graduated in Industrial Design both in Paris and London followed by the Master course of the Design Academy Eindhoven during which Julien worked for two years at Studio Maarten Baas.
His main interest deals with considering the production of objects as a growing process, alive and unpredictable, by often creating his own manufacturing processes he blurs the border between serial and handmade production.Since his graduation his work has been internationally exhibited,
Julien was awarded the Seb Prize of the Design Parade festival at the Villa Noailles in 2008 and his work is part of the collection of the French Fonds National d’Art Contemporain.Since 2012, Studio Julien Carretero is established in Brussels.
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