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INTERVIEW WITH

PIERRE-EMMANUEL GRANGE-JARICOT

Founder of Objet de Curiosité


Why did you create Objet de Curiosité ?

It was a childhood dream. Since I was 6 years old, I’ve been kind of a jack of all trades, amazed by everything I find in nature.

And ever since, I’ve had this ‘18th century naturalist’ way of being that combines curiosity and scientific knowledge.

My parents designed furniture, and the idea came naturally to combine all these passions.

My meeting with Lilau, and her talent as a designer, also proved key in this momentum.

Objet de curiosité was thus born of multiple passions: love of nature, antiques, love of beauty, and love itself.

What is your creative DNA and structure?

There are several ingredients. It must first inspire and touch Lilau and me.

Our ideas must also be rooted in nature and history.

We do not create just for a beautiful feature or from an esthetic that comes from nothing.

We start with items that have a history and adventure and personalities that we revisit. We imagine what they are whispering into our ears, and let the dream take over from there.

Does being French plays a role in your brand universe?

We travel 70% of the time in a world very far from France—and the more we travel, the more we feel French.

Our French culture plays a very important role. It undeniably makes its mark in our creations.

The relationship that the French have to their interior is intimate; their home is both a safe haven in which they want to feel good, as well as a convivial place to have good times with friends.

What is your role in the company?

I mostly take care of the sourcing of natural elements and materials on the ground for everything related to our natural curiosities.

I also establish networks of enthusiasts who, on a day-to-day basis, search for curiosities for us according to our specifications.

How do you find your unique pieces?

Our network is aware of what we are looking, for example an elephant bird, now extinct, which is known to have existed in Madagascar.

Our partners are on standby on a set of curiosities specific to their territory. We then feature the unique piece through a hand-sewn scenography that enhances it.

How do you create new products in line with user expectations?

To be in tune with users, we keep up with changing lifestyles, time and sensitivity.

We are inspired by everything we see and feel in our life journeys, without limits. Once we have all these inspirations, we design universes with common sensibilities. We have paradoxes: the more we approach nomadism, the less materialist we get and the more people feel lighter.

On the other hand, nomadism seems to make people more sensitive to objects and places. They become even more sacred, because they need to anchor themselves to their roots and the history that make them who they are.

Are your unique pieces actually unique in the world?

Yes, because each piece is its own character with its own personality.

We shape them in accordance with their identity, searching for the best way to convey this identity. It is like children who discover a treasure and have eyes only for their new discovery and how they will be able to accommodate it best in order to share it with those around them.

What do your customers look for in your universe?

A universal value and an emotional journey that fascinates them.

When you activate a mechanism that features a prehistoric mosquito in amber, a meteorite fragment or water dating back millions of years that moves within a mineral, you experience a privileged and exciting moment that hypnotizes you.

What are your current developments in the world?

We are currently developing in Asia and the United States.

The opening in Asia means a growing demand for new referents. After a rich and baroque phase in terms of design, they are waiting for lighter and cleaner lines.

Americans are, on the other hand, very sensitive to history, and they enjoy our curiosities.

INTERVIEW WITH

LILAU GRANGE-JARICOT

Founder of Objet de Curiosité


What is your role in the company?

Mainly setting decor. I’m the one who creates the design atmosphere and the worlds in which we present the products.

I also take care of the artistic direction of the objects that we manufacture in limited edition.

Not to mention the administrative and financial aspect, to ensure the sustainability of our business.

From where do you draw your inspiration?

Everywhere. Advertising, fashion, reading, travel, meetings, the Olympics ... Everything is inspiring.

I’ve also got trendspotters on standby with whom I verify that our inspirations are in line with changing lifestyles and expectations.

What is your brand?

Passion. We create worlds to inhabit because we are inhabited by our universe. Our curiosities are members of our tribe and we live with them day and night, both in our professional showroom and at home.

Their story is part of our story.

In what countries are you present?

We operate worldwide since our customers are located in over 60 countries but our most substantial presence is in France, the UK, Italy, China and the United States.

Where can we view your curiosities?

On our website, in the concept stores that distribute them, on social media like Facebook and Instagram, and on demand.

We also,participate in many trade fairs in different countries such as Maison & Objet in Paris, Decorex in London or ICFF in the United States.

How can we know who your distributors are in order to find your products?

We work with many decorators and interior designers, but we also work with shops that distribute our products.

Simply contact us to find the one that is closest to you.

What are the future trends of Curiosity object for the new season?

We are currently working on some great wallpapers and some worlds that are pop, classical, baroque and ethnic all at once to show that mixes are beautiful and that it can be available with all periods.

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