In 2003 a group of six young designers teamed up to form Studio Cigue – a small design studio that takes an organic approach to designing interiors.
After meeting when studying architecture at L’école Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Paris La Villette, the six architects and founding partners joined forces when they recognised they all had a similar vision for design. That is, a vision to create beautiful spaces by not necessarily sticking to a formula. Instead they approach each project individually and tailor their skills to deliver an interior that is like no other.
Based in the Parisian suburb of Montreuil they put much of their success down to working in a collaborative manner, often resolving elements of the design by involving skilled artists, craftsmen and designers around them. This allows the design to evolve naturally resulting interiors that are not over designed but still incredibly luxurious. And, despite not having much of an interest in fashion previously, this casual but hands-on approach has found them designing interiors for names like Yves Saint Laurent, Aesop, and Isabel Marant. Recently I was lucky enough to visit the Isabel Marant Store in Tokyo, and I was in complete awe of the interior. It is raw and almost unfinished with exposed beams and details, but it is somehow still beautiful and elegant.