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L'ART DU SAVOIR

Meeting with dach&zéphir

Piqued by curiosity upon discovering the unique craftsmanship of the duo
dach&zephir, we proposed to work with them on this theme in a new way, giving a second life to materials.

The two Parisian and Antillean designers then imagined and crafted leather objects that are both real and fantastical, with one foot in the past and the other in our sunny daily lives.

The two Parisian and Antillean designers then imagined and crafted leather objects that are both real and fantastical, with one foot in the past and the other in our sunny daily lives.

Before finding their pieces in one of our Parisian boutiques, we met with Florian Dachand Dimitri Zephir to discuss the philosophy with which they approached this capsule.

Before finding their pieces in one of our Parisian boutiques, we met with Florian Dachand Dimitri Zephir to discuss the philosophy with which they approached this capsule.

"The time, the materials, the traditions, the craftsmanship. [...] We like to play with codes of the past, with what has been forgotten, even though a large part of our work usually revolves around the French Antilles, between Guadeloupe and Martinique."

You found a new way to talk about the Mediterranean, what was your approach?

Florian- The first images that come to mind are those of the coast, the blue, the water, vacations, but we wanted to take this vision in a different direction.To tell a story that would unfold more in the in land.

We wanted to talk about rurality because it is there that traditions and ancestral practices often continue to exist. We like our work to articulate these notions of stories, traditions, and cultures.

Dimitri – We wanted the collection to speak of life in a house in the countryside, and to evoke typologies of objects not related to the coastal Mediterranean, but rather to Provence. Hence the title: "A Provençal Climate." The objects in the collection were imagined from a small fiction, the story of a family living in a farmhouse.

Mas are characteristic buildings of Provence. They were originally traditional farmhouses used for the cultivation of wheat, fruits, and vegetables. The idea was to invent or reinvent objects that would have been used in this house.

Yves Robert - La gloire de mon père

And what was the next step in this creative reflection?

Florian – We started with a collection of photos and documentaries related to Provence and its local folklore. We didn't want an "elitist" collection, but rather for the objects to be imbued with their original context and imagination.

Thatis, with rurality, in realities that belong to this territory. In this collaboration, we find, among other things, santons or even a leather cicada that embodies the emblematic trinket of the collection.

Dimitri – The idea was also to incorporate the characteristic scents of Provence. We worked on our objects to be

connected with vegetation, notably the two lavender doors. One proposal that hangs on the wall, a nod to the dried bouquets found in kitchens or living rooms. Another that serves as a vase.

We also imagined a basket inspired by a hat. The idea came from an image where we see a woman collecting olives using her hat as a basket.

We liked this shift in usage. Our objects draw inspiration from all of this. Some are fantastical objects, as they have never really existed, and for others, they are reinterpretations of well-known objects from Provencal homes. -Dimitri

Is this way of playing with time one of the signatures of dach&zephir?

Dimitri – We like to create bridges between what precedes us and what could exist. We also found it interesting to focus on the fact that Provence and its traditions are not talked about much anymore. We wanted to bring back the "Provençal wayof life." The "scent" objects, for example, are a nod to French lavender growers who face difficulties in their activity. It's a modest contribution, but it allows us to imagine other ways to sustain this economy.It's also a form of support.

Dimitri – We like to create bridges between what precedes us and what could exist. We also found it interesting to focus on the fact that Provence and its traditions are not talked about much anymore. We wanted to bring back the "Provençal wayof life." The "scent" objects, for example, are a nod to French lavender growers who face difficulties in their activity. It's a modest contribution, but it allows us to imagine other ways to sustain this economy.It's also a form of support.

Florian – Yes,time, materials, traditions, craftsmanship. And that's exactly what we find here with Le Tanneur. We like to play with codes of the past, with what has been forgotten, even though a large part of our work usually revolves around the French Antilles, between Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Like Le Tanneur,

the Parisian creative duo likes to play with time to imagine their pieces andbetter anchor them in the present. Their innovative yet past-oriented craftsmanship values material and brings unexpected pieces to life, perfectly in tune with our times.

To discover the objects imagined by the Parisian creative duo, visit our

Edouard VII boutique starting from April 11, 2024.