Lancia TrendVisions interviews designer Adrien de Melo
What does a boy who builds huts in the woods have in common with the great names of contemporary creativity? The ability to play with the technical and formal limits of a project. Both, in their own way, want to constantly push those limits further.
In his career, designer Adrien De Melo (1979) of German-Portuguese descent, has experimented on his own skin both being in contact with nature – which has always been an inspiration for constructing – as well as encountering the creative flair of great contemporaries. Indeed before founding his own studio in Paris in 2008, Adrien directed the production of various artistic projects, collaborating with architects such as Frank O. Gehry and Didier Fiuza Faustino and artists such as Dan Graham e Daniel Buren.
Active on various fronts, as product designer, interior designer and scenic designer, today Adrien can count on an extensive CV. Which includes scenography for the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton and suspended library “Upside Down” for Parisian gallery BSL, where he debuted his first solo show (2011) featuring 7 limited edition objects, including collection “Stripes” and chair “My Mountain”.
We meet him in front of a delicious cup of “Vietnam Jasmin Bio” in tea shop Bonthés & Bio which recently opened in Paris, in 98 rue de Caulaincourt. Adrien designed its interiors, which are still undergoing some work, with a fresh and minimal furnishing concept that greatly distances them from the ethnic taste of larger chain stores.