|Blurring the lines between art and design, DJs and designers Juliette Mutzke-Felippelli & Diogo Felippelli, pictured at The Week club in Rio de Janeiro, are inspired by French experimental artists like Daft Punk, Etienne de Crecy & Cassius|
|French Touch's luminous layers, a homage to French house music|
|Playing to big crowds as DJ's at Rio's Museum of Modern Art|
|Designers Juliette Mutzke-Felippelli & Diogo Felippelli|
The French Touch chair is designed and manufactured in Los Angeles and composed of dichroic film applied to CNC-cut acrylic, connected by steel bolts. “The film is cut and applied to the inner surfaces of the chair," Mutzke-Felippelli says. "The most important factor determining the design of the chair was to show off the 'dichroic effect'. So we created flat surfaces at every angle on the chair so you can see how the colors change while playing with light and shadow.” The chair will be available as a limited edition for $7,500. Scroll to the end of story to hear the mixtape created by the designers & DJs for the French Touch chair.
|Designing the J1 watch created by the couple's Joogii studio|
2. Why did you choose design as your artistic metier? We were hungry to create objects, concepts and environments that reflect who we are and what we love. The design industry has so many outlets where we can express ourselves, it feels like there are never ending possibilities to explore.
|Overlapping puzzle joints like music sampling|
4. Where did you grow up and does this place inspire your creative work? Growing up in Newport Beach has always pushed me to pursue original ideas. The area is very traditional and conservative in a lot of ways and I think that has given me a very high appreciation for novelty.
|The French Touch chair's layering of light & colours|
6. Do you find your creative process when designing more rational or instinctive? I think we are both very instinctual. If we have an idea that feels right, we go for it.
|Dichroic film on acrylic give the chair its rainbow hues|
8. What part of the designing and making process gives you the most happiness? We love being designers. To come up with an idea and figure out how to make it happen and then actually make it happen is so gratifying. I feel like half the battle in our industry is just perseverance. It’s always a question of willpower and belief to see a project through, especially when you are working on a project that is unorthodox or untested. The whole process can be thrilling and terrifying, but if you have belief and perseverance, I think you can create something special. To see other people enjoy the finished product is icing on the cake.
|J1 watch designed by Juliette Mutzke-Felippelli & Diogo Felippelli|
10. In our digital age, what does design give us as an art form? Design is the new art. Advances in technology, especially 3D printing are allowing designers to test and create more intricately and faster than ever before. It is expanding the limits of design to allow for more artistic gestures, which we are embracing wholeheartedly.
Mixtape created by the designers for the French Touch chair: