Lamps by Dorian Étienne • Design Studio - Nuclée
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Nuclée - Lamps


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Settled in Hualien, on the east coast of Taiwan, the Kavalan aboriginal tribe is expert in the use of banana fiber. I had the chance to meet them, to share their work and their way of life.

The banana flesh, big waste from this traditional extraction, turns out to be interesting for its translucency and its graphic qualities. By a particular technique (drying, refining, stabilization), the solidity of this plant tissue is increased. Finally usable, this new material is enhanced by a sober shape of bent bamboo, inspired by the internal structure of the banana tree stem.

Winner of the Best of Year Award 2021 (New York) from Interior Design Magazine.

Collaboration with Cordélia Faure.
Materials : banana flesh, bamboo, black granite, LED, assembly elements.
Dimensions : 350 x 350 x 40 mm, 500 x 500 x 50 mm, 1000 x 1000 x 80 mm.

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Dorian Étienne • Design Studio

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I think my designer's mission is to make people dream ; to bring them into a mood, a culture, an unknown territory, by the object. It could be summed up in one sentence : Show me how the world can be beautiful !

Product designer graduated from the Boulle School, Dorian Etienne combines craftsmanship and design, tradition, and modernity.

Anchored in near or distant territories, he observes cultures and histories, techniques, and materials. The richness of the world's cultural heritages inspires him throughout his work. Following this lead thread, braided of Human and Nature, he creates sensible and sensitive products: “objets métissés”.

Furthermore, experimentation is at the heart of his creation. The new features of the material are his library of ideas; then he invents new uses.

Fundamentally his approach is respectful of the environment, from design to production.