Um Project founder and designer François Chambard recently opened the door to his Humbold Street studio in Brooklyn as part of Dwell Media and New York Magazine's first annual City Modern studio tours. Chambard, who designs furniture and lighting described as "industrial craft", offered a look at where his whimsical pieces are made.
One of the pieces Um Project is most well known for, the Milking Stool, demonstrates Chambard's goal of combining "personality, function and purpose" in all of his designs.
A friendly nod to a universal design with a sleek finish, playful colors and unusual proportions. The piece is designed as a true milking stool: slightly lower and tight legs for a narrow footprint.
The NGL Table combines ash wood with ultra matte lacquer and powder coated aluminum to give a classic table a modern and colorful edge.
The playful Craft System series uses one base shape to create a number of lamps - each with a personality of its own.
Combining his background in branding with his expertise in furniture, François started UM Project in 2004 as a hybrid between artisanship and consultancy. Before UM Project, François worked for international brand design consultancies including Zürich-based Zintztmeyer & Lux and Interbrand in New York. The start of UM Project was motivated by François' interest in getting his hands dirty, but also by the recognition that the market was craving more personal, tangible products and experiences beyond the empty promise of conceptual brands.
For more information on the designer and his work, visit Um Project.
For more information on the events, tours and exhibition, visit City Modern.
(Images: Liana Walker)