Since her childhood, Lucie Schweitzer has lived in two different worlds as her father is a businessman and her mother is a connoisseur of arts. She was exposed to two ways of thinking: one beeing active and the other receptive. Growing up, she was instinctively drawn to the applied arts and especially to design, a discipline in which creativity is combined with practical, ergonomic applications. The rigorous demands of her training have led Lucie towards a form of free expression in which she designs without formal technique. The lead of her pencil glides spontaneously over the paper. This sort of instantaneous creation, is the result of long cycles of experimentation.
This process, which is specific to her own artistic personality, has led Lucie Schweitzer to create her own studio in Paris, FØLSOM. This has allowed her to keep the reflexes that she needs to develop as an artist. This structure has given rise to an artist collective, which brings together different disciplines and crafts. With the introduction of her FANTASQUE brand, Lucie Schweitzer is giving free rein to her creative inspirations. Her vision reflects her own universe, breaking with the pragmatism usually found in design.
The designer Lucie Schweitzer has created a line of decorative objects that are distinguished by their singular originality and by her bold refusal to rely on anything other than her imagination as it holds sway over matter. The line begins with COSMIQUE, a collection of unique objects conceived of as the journal of a mental voyage, whose blank pages are filled with sketches of metaphors, legends, and phenomena elicited by nature. Tables, wall hooks, and mirrors become characters and incarnate symbols. These dream objects become real in the hands of enthusiastic artisans who work with quality materials that have meaning; such singular objects come to inhabit the places where they are found.
Then there is the SUBSTANCES D’HUMEUR collection, a series of mood-enhancing objects arising from research into the practice of ceramics and textiles/rugs. Lucie Schweitzer works in Portugal, exploring the pathways of her personal landscape by hand and at her own pace. She does not plan her creations, but instead follows an intuition and, at times, a fanciful image, thus allowing her creativity free rein to follow its own path.
Photos courtesy of Axelle Manfrini