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SCMP DESIGN OFFICE
Sébastien Cluzel & Morgane Pluchon
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SCMP DESIGN OFFICE
Sébastien Cluzel & Morgane Pluchon
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Location Paris, France
Represented by
Marie de Cossette
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About

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SCMP DESIGN OFFICE est un bureau de design français dirigé par Sébastien Cluzel et Morgane Pluchon. Le studio fonde sa démarche sur deux valeurs fondamentales : le design devrait être accessible à tous et il devrait susciter joie et curiosité par le biais d’une approche formelle imaginative. Tou

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jours stimulés par la recherche de matières, de formes, de couleurs et de motifs originaux, Sébastien et Morgane savent créer des objets qui provoquent le souvenir, évoquent l’histoire, et redéfinissent la fonction des objets usuels. Ces deux diplômés de l’ESAD de Saint-Étienne et de l’ECAL à Lausanne ont fondé le SCMP DESIGN OFFICE en 2015 au Salone Satellite de Milan. Le studio est actuellement basé à Paris, France.

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SCMP DESIGN OFFICE is a French design firm led by Sébastien Cluzel & Morgane Pluchon. The studio is hinged on two essential values: that design should be for everyone, and that it should spark joy and curiosity by using imaginative approaches to form. Through their interrogation of materials, shape, colour, and pattern, Sébastien and Morgane create designs that cue memories, invoke moments in history, and redefine the expectations of everyday objects. The two alums of the ESAD (Saint- Etienne) and ECAL (Lausanne) launched SCMP DESIGN OFFICE in 2015 at Salone Satellite in Milan. They are currently based in Paris, France.

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Experience
Art director & designer
Lapeyre Services Apr. 2017 - Present
Location Paris, France

Morgane

Designers
SCMP DESIGN OFFICE Apr. 7, 2015 - Present
Location Lausanne, Paris, France

Sébastien Cluzel & Morgane Pluchon

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Interieur Awards 18 - Object category
2018
Location Kortrijk, Belgium
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Interieur Awards 18 - Object category
2018
Location Kortrijk, Belgium
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Swiss Design Awards
2018
Location Basel, Switzerland
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Experience
Assistant Designer
Studio Robert Stadler Sep. 1, 2016 - Jan. 31, 2017
Location Paris, France

Sébastien Cluzel

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Teaching assistant
ECAL - Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (Lausane) Sep. 1, 2013 - Aug. 1, 2016

Sébastien Cluzel

Designer
IKEA of Sweden Feb. 1, 2016 - Jun. 1, 2016

Morgane Pluchon

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Interior designer
AOS - Colliers International Jul. 1, 2015 - Dec. 1, 2015

Morgane Pluchon

Interior designer
Fabien Pont Aug. 1, 2014 - Jun. 1, 2015

Morgane Pluchon

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Designer
Petite Friture Mar. 1, 2013 - Sep. 1, 2014

Morgane Pluchon

Education
Master HES-SO Product Design
ECAL - Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne Sep. 1, 2011 - Jul. 1, 2013

Sébastien Cluzel

Experience
Intern designer
Luca Nichetto design studio Sep. 1, 2012 - Feb. 1, 2013

Morgane Pluchon

Intern designer
Jonathan Prestwich design office Sep. 1, 2011 - Sep. 1, 2012

Morgane Pluchon

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Education
DNSEP option Design
ESADSE Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design Saint-Etienne Sep. 1, 2009 - Jul. 1, 2011

Morgane Pluchon & Sébastien Cluzel

Experience
Curator assistant
International Design Biennale of St-Etienne for the "Entreprise" exhibition Feb. 1, 2010 - Dec. 1, 2010

Sébastien Cluzel

Experience
Intern designer
BIG-GAME design office Mar. 1, 2010 - Aug. 1, 2010

Sébastien Cluzel

Award
Honoured
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Label VIA
2010
Location Paris, France
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Education
DNAP option Design
ESADSE Ecole Supérieure d’Art et Design Saint-Etienne Sep. 1, 2006 - Sep. 1, 2009

Morgane Pluchon & Sébastien Cluzel

Software skills

SolidWorks 3D

Adobe CC Suite

Rhino 3D Modeling Software

KeyShot

Languages

French

Native language

Italian

Basic knowledge

English

Fluent

Dorval light is based on the shapes of the International Space Station
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Paris-based SCMP Design Office has picked up an Interieur Award for its lighting system that draws on the aesthetics of the International Space Station and contemporary aeronautics.

Dorval is available as a pendant light, a track lighting array and a table light. Each version features the same 11-

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by 11-centimetre lamp head made from a single piece of powder-coated aluminium.

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Old World, New Tricks | SCMP DESIGN OFFICE

The emerging Parisian design studio behind our new Dorval light offer their musings on what makes for truly globalized design. Rule one: never be herded by geographic expectations.

Only a few short years into their own studio practice, Morgan

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e Pluchon and Sébastien Cluzel have already designed for the likes of IKEA, Petite Friture, and Pasabahçe. Last year, the duo behind SCMP DESIGN OFFICE made the rounds at Paris Design Week, armed with one very unusual hanging light. Offering nods to both airport runway beacons and the iconic French Mobylette La Bleue, the layered design earned the pair an Interieur Biennale award—and sparked a partnership with Lambert & Fils. Here, Morgane and Sébastien discuss French design, the typology of objects, and the art of moving on.

We would not define ourselves as Parisian Designers.

We have different influences—a bit of Swiss for instance, a bit of Scandinavian. In Paris, we often see designs not completely to our taste. Despite that, it’s super interesting to discuss the work with the designers. It always useful to talk about something that’s not “your kind” of design.


At our studio, we’re surrounded by collected objects.

We see them as a record of experiences—travelling, visiting exhibitions, and the culture around us. When we find an object that moves us, we have to bring it home and interrogate what we like about it, the shape, the material, the colour. We thought that was a natural thing to do, but we’ve realized from talking to other designers that it’s not the norm. They have empty studio spaces, no clutter. So we know now that this is one of our defining traits. The reference is super important for us.




You need to take space between yourself and your objects.

In 2016, we showed a side table at the Greenhouse fair in Stockholm. It was really new, the first time we were showing it. Another studio ended up showing something super similar and the edit was [picked up] by a major design brand. The studio was maybe just a bit more well known than us, and we felt like we just missed that opportunity. Sometimes, that’s just the deal. You put that thing aside and start something else.

As a young studio, we’re fighting to exist within the larger possibilities for designers now.

We’re launching products alongside big studios and that has its challenges. We don’t have the same impact in the press. When a big name does something as simple as a design drawing, it gets crazy attention. As a young studio, we have to do five times the work to exist.


Dorval began as an exercise in style and free expression.


We initially made the light for Surface Gallery in Saint-Etienne. At the beginning we actually went a bit too far. When you’re a small design studio, sometimes you forget to focus on the context and the market and the purpose of drawing yet another object. That was all part of narrowing in on the typology of objects we really like.

After Dorval debuted in Saint-Etienne, we took some photos and had some positive feedback from one of our former professors who had seen it, so we proposed it for the Rado Star Prize for the Paris Design Week. Then we had really good reaction from the design community. A lot of people told us it was not like anything they’d seen before. With Dorval, it’s usually a love or hate feeling, maybe because it plays so strongly with both industrial design and domestic design. Either way it was creating strong reactions.

The experience gave us the confidence that this was the style we wanted to work in. We thought, this freedom is working—let’s not restrain ourselves.


The Dorval Collection launches October 2018 at the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium. Design by SCMP DESIGN OFFICE, edited and produced by Lambert & Fils. Learn more about our new light, Dorval 01.

Images by: Baptiste Coulon, Alexandra de Cossette, and Arseni Khamzin
Interview by Marie de Cossette and Alexandra Caufin

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