When we arrived at the Salone del Mobile in Milan last April we rushed straight to the Rossana Orlandi Gallery to meet Marlo & Isaure in person. We were very excited about seeing their work and were there to introduce the idea of a potential collaboration with Heidi & James. As for every major design fair, Milan is a marathon (a great one) and it is not always easy to catch the people you want to see at the right moment. Luckily, we got there just in time and had the pleasure to discover a welcoming duo of designers with whom we got on well very naturally. Today it is with a big smile that Heidi & James welcome the contemporary furniture of Marlo & Isaure in their selection.
Marlo Kara and Isaure Bouyssonie met at ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art Lausanne). She is French and was born in Tunisia while he is Swiss-Greek and born in Geneva. It is now just over two years since they started creating contemporary furniture design together. They collaborate on every design piece they develop. This stimulating and complementary exchange of minds creates these unique design pieces. It is amazing to see how comfortable they are playing with different formats and materials. Their Cement Tiles rug is inspired by the tiles frequently found in Southern Europe. This handmade gem would suit any room and give it refinement and warmth.
When Marlo & Isaure started to develop the Circus coffee table, they liked playing with the idea of regrouping several tables of different sizes instead of having one central coffee table in the middle of the room. The Circus coffee tables enhance the modularity of the space and bring maximum flexibility thanks to their independent tray system. With their nod to circus podiums often used in elephants acts, the tables were shortlisted for the final of the HAY Talent Award. This young designers’ couple is bursting with ideas and creativity. During our last visit in the Vaud region we discovered a beautiful new prototype that we look forward to introduce to you in a few months time.
For Marlo & Isaure the expertise of the artisans with whom they collaborate to realise their design pieces is of utmost importance. They found their partners in Tunisia and decided to move to this country this summer to foster their relationship.
They chose to use the tufting technique to make their Cement Tiles rug. Completely handmade with a machine that looks like a big drill, the yarns of wool are being inserted into a vertical taut canvas. Similar to weaving, the person stands behind the canvas and works with extra large balls of wool. Marlo explored this technique for his degree and created rugs like paintings.
The young designers’ rise and progress has been rapid but they have found the right rhythm to dedicate themselves fully to each aspect of their job. They launched their first collection at Design in Days in Geneva, followed by exhibitions at Maison & Objet in Paris and at Salone del Mobile in Milan. In 2015, Isaure got shortlisted for the Swiss Design Awards and their work was exhibited in Basel during Art Basel.
Speaking about ‘happy series’, Marlo & Isaure are humble and very gifted, and Heidi & James are very proud to be sharing their work with you.