Modern French Design: Normal Studio

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December 27, 2011
Originally published in Prefab Perfected
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  Designers Jean-François Dingjian (left) and Eloi Chafaï (right), cofounders of Normal Studio, inside their firm’s new studio in Montreuil, a suburb east of Paris, France.  Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.

    Designers Jean-François Dingjian (left) and Eloi Chafaï (right), cofounders of Normal Studio, inside their firm’s new studio in Montreuil, a suburb east of Paris, France.

    Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.
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  Incarnations of the iconic A chair by Tolix occupy a corner of the studio.  Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.

    Incarnations of the iconic A chair by Tolix occupy a corner of the studio.

    Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.
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  An early prototype for the 2007 Diamond Boxes collection, a range of domestic lights utilizing photographic reflectors, never made it to market.  Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.

    An early prototype for the 2007 Diamond Boxes collection, a range of domestic lights utilizing photographic reflectors, never made it to market.

    Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.
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  The limited-edition Trépied was produced by ToolsGalerie.  Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.

    The limited-edition Trépied was produced by ToolsGalerie.

    Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.
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  Created for ENO (Editor of New Objects) in 2008 and available in three sizes, the Ajours table features a latticed lacquered-wood seat affixed to a steel base.

    Created for ENO (Editor of New Objects) in 2008 and available in three sizes, the Ajours table features a latticed lacquered-wood seat affixed to a steel base.

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  1992Jean-François Dingjian graduates from École Supérieure d’Art et Design Saint-Étienne.  Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.

    1992Jean-François Dingjian graduates from École Supérieure d’Art et Design Saint-Étienne.

    Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.
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  2006Eloi Chafaï graduates from ENSCI–Les Ateliers.Dingjian and Chafaï found Normal Studio.  Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.

    2006Eloi Chafaï graduates from ENSCI–Les Ateliers.Dingjian and Chafaï found Normal Studio.

    Courtesy of Jens Passoth Photographie.
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  2007Greyscale exhibition at the ToolsGalerie in Paris premieres the limited-edition Block/2007, a form made of gum-coated punched sheet metal.  Courtesy of     .

    2007Greyscale exhibition at the ToolsGalerie in Paris premieres the limited-edition Block/2007, a form made of gum-coated punched sheet metal.

    Courtesy of .
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  2008Multiplug lamp, designed for Ligne Roset.

    2008Multiplug lamp, designed for Ligne Roset.

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  2008Normal Studio wins the Label VIA for the Tolix collection; the prize for best collaboration between designer and enterprise; and is included in Fond National d’Art Contem-porain, the French per-manent collections of art and design.

    2008Normal Studio wins the Label VIA for the Tolix collection; the prize for best collaboration between designer and enterprise; and is included in Fond National d’Art Contem-porain, the French per-manent collections of art and design.

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  2010Elementary Design, a two-man show of Normal Studio’s work, opens at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

    2010Elementary Design, a two-man show of Normal Studio’s work, opens at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

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  2011Launch of the new Séléné light collection for Artuce.  Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

    2011Launch of the new Séléné light collection for Artuce. 

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