French designer, FranÃƒÂ§ois Azambourg, 42, always figured he would be an architect. Then, in 1985, while a design student in Paris, he had an idea for a disposable coffee machine made entirely of paper. The contraption won a contest at the MusÃƒÂ©e des Arts DÃƒÂ©coratifs--and launched Azambourg's love affair with unusual materials.
Twenty years later, he is a leader of the French contemporary-furniture design movement.
Azambourg describes his approach to design as 'experimental.' His creations push the boundaries of everyday objects, be it in their form, material or the innovative way in which they can be used.