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Modern French Design: Normal Studio

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With its fresh take on minimalism, French design duo Normal Studio is ushering in a new machine age.

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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.  Photo by: Jens PassothCourtesy 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.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

    Courtesy of: Jens Passoth Photographie

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

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

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

    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.  Photo by: Jens PassothCourtesy 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.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

    Courtesy of: Jens Passoth Photographie

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  The limited-edition Trépied was produced by ToolsGalerie.  Photo by: Jens PassothCourtesy of: Jens Passoth Photographie

    The limited-edition Trépied was produced by ToolsGalerie.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

    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.  Photo by: Jens Passoth

    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.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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

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

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

    Courtesy of: Jens Passoth Photographie

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  2006Eloi Chafaï graduates from ENSCI–Les Ateliers.Dingjian and Chafaï found Normal Studio.  Photo by: Jens PassothCourtesy of: Jens Passoth Photographie

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

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

    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.  Photo by: Jens PassothCourtesy of:

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

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

    Courtesy of:

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  2008Multiplug lamp, designed for Ligne Roset.  Photo by: Jens Passoth

    2008Multiplug lamp, designed for Ligne Roset.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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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.  Photo by: Jens Passoth

    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.

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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

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

    Photo by: Jens Passoth

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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!   Photo by: Jens Passoth

    2011Launch of the new Séléné light collection for Artuce. 

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