Since the creation of Studio Biskt in 2018, Charlotte Gigan and Martin Duchêne have combined their skills – Gigan is a ceramicist and Duchêne an industrial designer – to push the possibilities of their favorite material. “We want to take clay out of its usual shape of cups and vases to show that it is not fragile,” says Gigan.
Concrete example: their current project Balik, a series of objects integrating modular clay brick extrusions. In the Balik bench, the clay units extend over two parallel metal tubes to create the seat, proving the material’s ability to create a strong and reliable support for each model.
Read the Q&A with Gigan and Duchêne below to learn more about Studio Biskt.
Arlon, Belgium —Duchêne
Paris, France —Gigan
Describe what you do in 140 characters. We work at the crossroads of art, design and craftsmanship.
What’s the last thing you designed? We are currently busy with flower pots.
Do you have a daily creative ritual? Hm not really, we discuss every day what we are going to do. It’s not really organized.
How to procrastinate? We talk to the neighbors of our workshop.
What everyday object would you like to redesign? Why? We want to bring contemporary ceramic design deeper into our living environment by designing handles or radiators, for example.
Who are your heroes (in design, in life, in both)? We don’t have any specific heroes or mentors, but let’s say that we are motivated on a daily basis by our environment and our friends who also work in the field of art and design.
Which skill would you most like to learn?
Glass blowing. —Gigan
Sewing at the steering wheel. —Duchêne
What is your most precious possession? Our love, ha!
What is your first memory of meeting design? IKEA
Which contemporary design trend do you despise? It’s not a design trend yet, but we really despise new space travel companies.
Complete this statement: Any design must … be open source.
What’s in the house of your dreams? Simple things and a big garden.
How do you want the design to be different after the pandemic is out? We would like it to become more local.
How can the world of design be more inclusive? More simplicity.
What would you like non-designers to understand about the design industry? We want non-designers to have a better understanding of the difference between craft and industry.
You can find out more about Studio Biskt by visiting their website and on Instagram.