For 20 years, Céline Wright, creator of French poetic lighting, is continuing an adventure alongside MAISON&OBJET. An ongoing story.
Twenty years ago, Céline Wright participated for the first time in Maison & Objet. The designer, graduated from the School of Applied Arts Duperré in textile design had high expectations of a happy event.
What inspired her were the organic lines of her first line of Washi paper lighting. “I was looking for a maternal instinct and reassuring shape like a little ball of life that gives rise to the light and therefore life,” says the creative talent to be appointed to the Talents à la Carte.
“It was fortunate to have such a space and a straight forward layout. Especially since François Bernard had selected light for his section on trends. It was a big boost because it was not easy to pass from the role of creator to distributor. And twenty years later, people tell me they still remember.The cocons are still part of the flagship products. The collection has found its place in the world of lighting that at that time was still quite underdeveloped.”
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The Paris shop Electrorama immediately selected it. Architects, including Paola Navone, are attracted by the unusual and poetic use of Japanese paper diffusing a soft light but also by the will of functionality shown by the designer.
Over the years, the collections are expanding with Lunes, and Soleils, the Sphères and even L’envol or Ti Amo. In 2012, it was at MAISON & OBJET that the French designer Sarah Lavoine, then artistic director of the Parisian brand C.F.O.C. contacted Céline Wright. The result is a premium collection combining walnut wood and gold leafed paper.
“We do a lot of custom, especially for the hospitality market, or as was the case for the museum of the Castle of the Duchess of Brittany in Nantes. Clients discover our expertise in our workshop in Montreuil. And we adapt to their request, that’s the advantage of handicrafts,” says Celine Wright.
To celebrate twenty years in the service of the lighting, a sculptural collection called l’Ame will be presented in January, an exceptional piece developed with the cabinetmaker Philippe Tellier. She also developed a beautiful line of paper lighting gilded with copper foil. “Maison & Objet helped me up the ladder, to grow simply” she recognizes. Her team now has eight people to accompany this “great adventure”.