A short time ago, Frédéric Guibrunet received a bursary from SODEC and now, he has just won a Best Collection Award at the Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto; the year 2008 looks promising for the Montreal designer and his paper creations.
The IDS jury saw his Maplemap lamp as an object joining the worlds of craft and of contemporary design. Made of paper cut in the shape of maple leafs, the lamp originated from a meeting with French origamist Didier Boursin. It addresses the challenge of developing a reasonably priced, mass-produced handicraft object.
Frédéric Guibrunet has been producing paper for almost 10 years and knows it inside out. Travelling around the world, he has gone from learning and understanding the various production processes to creating his own techniques.
It was not until 2006 that he decided to conduct experiments under the name of Ani+Lumigrane. In no time at all, he had received the Métiers d'art award at the Festival international Montréal en arts and, in 2007, he was honoured with two Excellence Prizes from SIDIM.
His being in Toronto is evidence that his blending of paper and light is a success. Other models, created in complicity with paper-mâché specialist Sophie Mouton-Perrat, should follow.