• What is the design approach to your home/studio?
Lise: The immersion approach. Just like learning a language, it is easier to create whilst amongst it all. Art is really important to our work, mixed with our acute knowledge of the Adobe Creative suite, we never run out of ideas. To have it all in one spot could have been tricky but actually works like a charm.
Ben: Our design approach to living is about being surrounded by pieces that have a history or story to tell. Virtually every object and furnishing has a past that we can talk about. We like to maintain our space as a constant, evolving work in progress. Being a home studio space we blur the lines between our creative projects and our home life. We live amongst our own art and design.
• How does it reflect your personality/values/culture?
Lise: I guess we are a bit of a mixed bag ourselves, me being French and Ben being Aussie. We embraced our differences. There were many things we had to work out from day one. The first was a way to work together. Now we found it, we are insatiable. There is always more for us to try, explore and have fun with. We thrive on working with others, meeting and collaborating with artists and like-minded people.
Ben: We are fortunate enough to love what we do for a living. To live and work in the same space allows us to fully submerge ourselves into our projects. From week to week the look of our space changes depending on what we are working on. Paintings shift from the studio to hang in the living space on constant rotation.
• Why is this important to you?
Lise: I am quite conservative in my way of seeing things and it helps to be working in a creative environment with Ben who is more adventurous. I think we both bring a great balance to our work, our space and our relationship with others.
Ben: The space where you spend most of your time should be invigorating.
• What are some of your favourite pieces and why?
Lise: My favourite pieces would be probably the “Dead Rabbit” work on paper. It’s one of my earlier pieces, a very modest drawing that I never get tired of looking at. I like the composition, the subject matter, the frame. I have moved home many times and it always found its spot. It fits any space, any wall, any style. I find it timeless. Also I like our Jean Prouvé potence wall lamp. I fell for it straight away. Everything about it. I find it so ingenious! Plus it’s made in France so Voila!
Ben: Timber skateboard. It came from Lise’s parents house in the country side in France. Still to this day, Lise’s father wonders how a 35 year old timber skate board could make it through the Australian customs.
Old steel school lockers. Because they’re just so damn functional. We also scribble childish comments about each other inside the doors, it never gets old.
Our coffee table. We had been dreaming about an oversized timber coffee table. We had something very specific in mind and spent months looking everywhere. In the end we had one made to our exact specifications.