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Eric BENQUÉ

Contact : 7, rue Gabriel Laumain 75010 Paris - France

Ph. +33 (0)1 47 70 95 05

benque@benque.org
www.benque.org
 
environmental designer, interior architect, scenographer

Eric Benque was born in Paris in 1971.
After graduating from the Ensci in 1997, he set up a studio in Paris but soon after moved to Nice to join the office of architect Marc Barani, where he worked on projects like the Musée d’Art Concret at Mouans-Sartoux, and the layout of Darbousson cemetery, in the heart of Valbonne forest. These early experiences at the start of his career gave him an opportunity to confront the real constraints and challenges of a project under construction.
In the spring of 1998, on the invitation of Stéphane Paumier, architect for the project, he went to India where he designed the furniture for the extension to the French Embassy in New Delhi. For the sake of economy and coherence, he specified that the pieces be made locally, which put him in contact with artisans and their savoir-faire. The furniture of the Institut Français at Pondichery, which he designed in 2003, extended this first series of Indian designs.
Back in Paris, in the year 2000 Eric Benque set up his own office again. One of his first commissions came from the Printemps Haussmann department store, which hired him in tandem with Anne-Laure Lesquoy to renovate their signage. The complexity of this project was a challenge in logistics alone, and it enabled him to explore from a new angle relations between objects and space – a theme still evident in all his projects today.
In 2002, Marc Barani got in touch with him again for the construction of a luxury contemporary villa on the French Riviera. It was an out-of-the ordinary job that lasted three years, in which he had to assume in turn the roles of architect, landscaper and designer to ensure harmony between the site, the villa, and the interior.
The yacht fit-out on which Eric Benque is currently working is to some extent a prolongation of this experience. The same search for harmony is there, but in the maritime sphere, while furniture components are more than ever those of a specific context and must offer users complete integration in their environment.
If many of the jobs on which Eric Benque has worked to date are in the luxury category, he has also handled public commissions and everyday projects, in which he has had to solve questions related to what is superfluous and obvious. A private apartment in New York, public commissions for a museum and a town hall, a ‘design made in Africa’ assignment in Mali, a boutique for children’s wear in Brooklyn, a VIA project call in collaboration with artisans… In all of these jobs, as the designer he has had to decide what is the best way of inscribing pieces in context and making them legible and accessible; besides showing consideration for site, culture, and usage.
The ‘Planches’ (‘Planks’) set that he presented at the Emmanuel Perrotin gallery grew out of his meeting Bruno Domeau , Philippe Perès and Emmanuel Perrotin, and marked an important stage in his career as a designer. The exhibition enabled him to show his work to the general public. More than a style exercise, it gave him the opportunity to make a statement: that of forcing himself to simplicity.




Planches
© A. Morin

table One Central Park
© DR & N. Koenig

seats One Central Park
© DR

desk One Central Park
© DR & N. Koenig

chest of drawers © DR

desk EDBB2
© DR

meeting table Hôtel d'agglomération de Rennes Métropole
© DR

seat Ambassade de France à New-Delhi, Inde
© DR

seat Ambassade de France à New-Delhi, Inde
© DR

bench Ambassade de France à New-Delhi, Inde
© DR

bed BYOB
© DR

stackable cup with saucer © Fillioux&Fillioux

armchair-bookshelf

seats library & cafeteria Institut français de Pondichery - Inde

tables in cafeteria Institut français de Pondichery - Inde

tables in library Institut français de Pondichery - Inde

furniture for teaching workshop of the "musée d'art concret" of Mouans-Sartoux / France

S.C.A.N. furniture

desk

mobilier pour une villa

mobilier pour une villa

mobilier pour une villa

mobilier pour une villa

mobilier pour une villa

Pomme

light fittings, fruit baskets Atelier Made in Africa

internal signage Printemps Haussmann

scenography for exhibition Bambou

scenography for exhibition A l'inventaire

scenography for presentation of colour ranges

set design of the exhibition Garde-robe

set design of the exhibition Mingei

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