Designer Francois Bauchet's new Roman storage line for Ligne Roset looks good from both far away and close up. The line of folded sheet metal pieces (which includes a console, TV stand, mirror, small shelf, writing desk and bookshelf) has a rather unique assemblage system:
Laser-cut to a precise tooth pattern, the steel plates are assembled and held in place by a seam groove, which enables an otherwise impossible length in a single span. A simple principle that reflects an idea so good that it was - naturally - patented.
Hit the jump for Bauchet's complete bio, or check out his website.Francois Bauchet, designer born 1948 at Montlucon (France). He trained at the school of Fine arts in Bourges. Since 1982, he teaches at the school of Fine arts in Saint-Etienne. In 1983, his maiden project, elaborated with the help of VIA and named Â« C'est aussi une chaise Â», was presented at the Salon des artistes dÃ©corateurs (SAD). From 1984 to 1998, he collaborated with Galerie Neotu. In 1987, he designed the offices of the Fondation Cartier at Jouy-en-Josas near Paris and took part in Documenta 8 at Kassel.
Other projects followed: show windows and reception furniture for the Art Centre at VassiviÃ¨re-en-Limousin, the reception area of the museum of Art & Industry in Saint-Etienne, the exhibition fit-out and cafÃ© furniture for the Jeu de Paume in Paris, furniture, footbridge and folly for the grounds of the chÃ¢teau d'Azay-le-Rideau.
In the year 2000, the musÃ©e des Arts dÃ©coratifs in Paris staged a solo exhibition around his work. In 2001 and again in 2003, Galerie Kreo also gave him solo exhibitions. In 2002 he won the 'Creator of the year' award at the Paris furniture fair. His pieces and objects are currently under production with Galerie Kreo, Cinna, Ligne Roset, Ercuis, Haviland, GHM.
He also has pieces in various standing collections: the FNAC and the musÃ©e des Arts dÃ©coratifs in Paris, and the Design museum in Lisbon.