‘Lycée Georges Frêche’ by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas is a new educational institution in Montepellier, France specializing in hotel, catering and tourism management. As part of the architectural project, the Languedoc Roussilon region – where the school is situated – has dedicated 1% of the building’s construction cost (400, 000 euros including VAT) to the creation of design objects by Matali Crasset. This falls inline with the region’s policy to invest 1% of construction costs of each newly built school towards buying or commissioning artworks or design objects to be exhibited in the educational establishments.
Crasset’s designs entitled ‘Emulsion’ consists of a collection of original furniture and lighting systems which have been installed within the public areas of the building (restaurant and teaching hotel), making them accessible for all to enjoy. Each piece the French designer has created is composed of whisks, the most striking work found in the reception of the hotel whereby a glowing tree made up of multiples of the kitchen utensil stands at a height of over 5 metres.
Here, the shape of the functional sculptural is composed of four different sized whisks whereby color, light variations, grading and shadows are all produced from an intrinsic part of the object. Floor lamps, screens, ceiling lights and signage complete the collection, ‘Emulsion’ standing as a symbol of the transformation of a liquid into solid matter, a metaphor for the training and apprenticeship programs conducted at the school.
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