Azambourg François

François Azambourg explores the expressive potential of shaping materials and production processes, regardless of whether they are industrial or handmade, innovative or traditional. After training in electrical engineering in high school, he went on to study fine arts at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (National Fine Arts grand school), and then applied arts at ENSAAMA – Olivier de Serres (National School for Applied Arts and Crafts), in Paris. With a technical and artistic education, François Azambourg’s work is driven by research, an alliance between art and techniques, and a consideration for resources and streamlined design. His drawings are influenced by fabrication processes and the nature of the materials in use. While his production mainly focuses on designing furniture and lighting, François Azambourg also does scenography and theatre sets, and interior design for municipalities, hotels and individuals. Azambourg was a Laureate of the Villa Kujoyama in 2015, a recipient of the Grand Prix du Design de Paris in 2004, the Villa Médicis in 2003, the Prix de la Vocation of the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation in 1993, the Fondation de France in 1988 and the Museum of Decorative Arts competition in 1985. The VIA has given him support through five project assistance grants, one Carte Blanche in 2005 and several Labels. His work has been exhibited several times, including at the Festhalle Frankfurt, Salone del Mobile in Milan, Maison & Objet, Paris Design Week D’Days, MAD – Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, Villa Noailles, Palais de Tokyo and MNAM – Centre Pompidou (National Museum of Modern Art). Some of his work is included in the collections of the FNAC (French National Fund for Contemporary Art), the Centre Pompidou, and the Musée des Arts Décoratif de Paris. François Azambourg has taught design for 20 years in several Parisian design schools such as École Boulle, École Camondo, and since 2003, ENSCI – Les Ateliers, the French national higher school of design, an interdisciplinary school for industrial design.