Fabien Cappello (France, 1984) is an award winning furniture and product designer. He studied at the Universtity of Art and Design (ECAL) in Lausanne, Switzerland and in 2009 obtained a Masters degree in Design Products at the Royal College of Art of London under the tutelage of Martino Gamper and Jurgen Bey.
He founded his eponymous studio in 2010. Much of Cappello’s early work explores the idea of the creative use of local resources and local manufacture. Between 2010 and 2011 he was awarded research residencies in Korea, Portugal and Italy to work with local artisans. At this time, many of his projects involved surveying and mapping local resources, often identifying what is not used or valued. The resulting productions revealed unexpected aspects of the locality and an open approach to the working practices of cultures and heritage in making. These experiences forged his understanding in making but also generated a growing interest in more serial, more industrial, production methods.
Cappello doesn’t see a contradiction between craft and industry, using industrial processes to produce carefully crafted objects.
Cappello says: ‘I do not limit myself to a material, a technique, or an application. I am curious and apply analytic thinking to new challenges. Projects arise from collaborations, questions, intuitions but mainly from excitement and optimism’ His main inspiration is the mundane of our daily life; he takes the time to observe our actions, our spaces and how we inhabit them.
Cappello has recently been awarded the prestigous Stanley Picker Fellowship, where his research project will look at local manufacturing in the making of London public spaces.
All the objects, furniture and spaces Fabien Cappello designs, place the human condition at the centre of their functioning. His work is a strong reaction against the disposable culture, bringing life and beauty to durable and significant objects for people.
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