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February 6, 2013
POOL is a design studio based in Paris and founded in late 2010 by Léa Padovani and Sébastien Kieffer, whose goal is to "explore associations between objects, architecture and images." They are known for their use of sharp geometric shapes, line, and ornate simplicity. Their work has been shown at numerous exhibitions such as the Fiera, Biennale Internationale de Ceramique of Vallauris, and the International Furniture Fair. Click through to see a bevy of their completed projects thus far.
Parasol Lamp by POOL for Habitat
PARASOL Lamp for Habitat This angular lamp shade in painted metal comes with a base offered in different finishes. Available in March 2013 for purchase at Habitat stores.
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Biennale Interieur 2012 Lille Design POOL
For the Biennale Interieur 2012, Lille Design invited the design duo to create the scenography for the collective exhibition, "Pourquoi un corbeau ressemble à un bureau?" with pieces from FRAC Nord Pas de Calais to upcoming Lille designers and an installation by Patrick Nadeau.
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Café Craft in Paris, France
POOL realized the graphic identity, interior design, and most of the furniture of Café Craft in Paris, France. While still remaining true to the spirit of the café, the designers highlighted the architectural lines of the building with the stark contrast of black and white. No longer is it a place just to grab a coffee and pastry to go. Photo by: Samuel Kirszenbaum
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A black and white tiled floor adds a little drama to the otherwise minimal design. Photo by: Samuel Kirszenbaum
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Café Craft in Paris
The workspace area at the rear of the café.
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Ustensiles Picturaux by POOL
Part of the "VW & Friends" collective exhibition at the ceramic Biennale 2012 in Vallauris, France, POOL presented their project, "Ustensiles Picturaux."
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POOL Design Thierry Costes AD Talents Prize
POOL was selected among other young interior designers for the Thierry Costes AD Talents Prize. Each participant had to visualize and create their own restaurant. Seen here is their Art-Deco inspired design that really plays with contrast. Note the beauty of the line against the elegant shape of the circle.
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Wryneck for Walnutsgroove
Wryneck for Walnutsgroove This walnut and cork trunk shows both the craftsmanship of the veneer and industrial technology of the digital cutting. Photo by: Benjamin Le Du
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POOL scenography design for Cassina
Celebrating the 2011 Designer's days, held under the theme "Conversation (s)," Italian furniture company Cassina invited POOL to design the scenography of their store. The designers transformed some of the furniture pieces into meta-objects "that hide the excess and the beautiful, away from its use value to reveal its symbolic force." Photo by: Samuel Kirszenbaum
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POOL design Cassina store
Colorful metal tables float on a mobile hanger (which resembles Man Ray's mobile coat hanger piece, "Obstruction") from the store's ceiling. Photo by: Samuel Kirszenbaum
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Sébastien Kieffer and Léa Padovani of POOL
Sébastien Kieffer and Léa Padovani of POOL.
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Parasol Lamp by POOL for Habitat
PARASOL Lamp for Habitat This angular lamp shade in painted metal comes with a base offered in different finishes. Available in March 2013 for purchase at Habitat stores.

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