Vernacular design in dialogue with today’s demands

« According to Pierre Murot, most contemporary buildings share a common trait: a search for standardised man-made materials that conceal their origin and age. It is almost as if modernday architecture pursues timeless perfection, which can conceal all traces of wear and tear. An industrial designer who graduated in Paris from ENSCI-Les Ateliers and the École Boulle, as well as a former collaborator of Philippe Starck, Murot doesn’t share this “vision” and attempts to offer alternative paths by rediscovering and reproposing natural materials. In particular, Murot works with clay, which he sees as a material with a living and breathing skin that has great tactile tactile and sensory qualities. Thanks to experiments conducted at the Durand brick factory, in southern Dordogne, Murot has worked on the extrusion processes of clay by finetuning a procedure – which he calls Fil rouge – that permits a profound renewal of the terracotta production lines. By embracing the principles of sustainability and only using locally sourced materials and production methods, Murot has applied natural processes to all sorts of objects, from vases to bookcases, trays and light-emitting wall appliques.

Connected to the design of products and their relationship with artistic craftsmanship, Murot focuses on enhancing what he defines as savoir faire, i.e. those artisan practices that become creative excellence. Whether working with cabinet makers, leather tanners, or bronze casters (i.e. during a workshop in Burkina Faso), or terracotta artisans, Murot embraces the idea of vernacular design that can dialogue with new technologies and today’s demands, reproposing local ecosystems and the cultural diversity of each place.. »

Silvana Annicchiarico
Domus Magazine n°1065, february 2022


Prix & distinctions 

> Lauréat programme Mondes Nouveaux 2022 (Ministère de la Culture)

> Best of Class design Award 2021, Salone del Mobile, Milan

> Lauréat Fondation Banque Populaire 2021


2022   LILLE | 15x15 CERAME, Villa Cavrois, Centre des Monuments Nationaux
   MILAN | SaloneSatellite 2022, curated by Marva Griffin Wilshire

2022   MILAN | The Big Assembly, BASE Milano, curated by Goliath Dyevre

2021   PEKIN | Graduation Exhibition of international Art & Design institutes, Tsinghua Institute

2021   NEW YORK | Wanted design, conscious design exhibition

2021   MILAN | The Lost Gradution show, Salone del Mobile, curated by Anniina Koivu
2021   PARIS | Exposition 100%, La Villette x ENSCI - Les Ateliers

2019   PARIS | Salon Maison & Objet, Kerra edition

2019   PARIS | L’Arche, Viaduc des Arts, exposition-reportage Kerra edition

2016   PARIS | Galerie Made in Town, curated by Pascal Gautrand

2016   OUAGADOUGOU (Burkina Faso) | INSTITUT FRANCAIS, Exposition Transhumance.

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