Christophe Delcourt is a name that began to circulate among the French design crowd at the end of the 1990s. There are good reasons why the debut of this young designer did not go unnoticed.
Not only is he entirely self-taught, but his early design projects are the work of his own hands.
Later in his career, Delcourt decided to entrust the production side of his work to others but his across-the-board debut reveals a temperament unlike that of other designers.
He soon tried his hand at designing furnishing accessories.
“A key juncture was my acquaintance with a craftsman specialized in wrought iron work and his cabinet-maker brother”, he recalls.
“Working alongside them, I learned the techniques of the craft and how meticulous attention to detail in the production process could magnify the value of an object. There was a core truth in the equation between purity of purpose and the quality of perception of the object”.
Thus, tables, chairs and lamps come to navigate the boundaries of an extremely explicit and honest universe. Wood and steel lend vitality to objects whose apparent simplicity of form inevitably conceals flawless mastery of craftsmanship.
Delcourt’s style finds its full expression in this exquisite balance between purity of design, sophistication of materials and impeccable execution.
The course of Delcourt, designer and businessman, seems to have been clearly marked from the outset.
Before long, Delcourt felt the urge to take on new and different challenges.
Thus begin his partnerships with other manufacturers, both large and small, in France and further afield.
“I like to work with other companies to explore new directions with them and, above all, to avoid repetition of familiar themes. I believe that my job as a designer is to express an honest point of view with regard to known production techniques and to introduce technical solutions, materials, colors and other features no matter what methods — artisan or industrial — are used to make them. Indeed, contrary to some popular opinions, I do not feel that industrialization is necessarily synonymous with simplification”.
The career of Christophe Delcourt as a discriminating and committed designer seems to be clearly defined, as is his ongoing quest for perfection and his ability to challenge even his own convictions and limitations, while growth remains the constant.
“There are materials with which I would never have thought of working in the past and objects I never thought I would one day be designing. But the more I forge ahead in this profession, the more enthusiastic I become about these encounters and exchanges that open the door to new possibilities”.