Frédéric Saulou is a young, talented designer of barely thirty years of age. He lives in Rennes and produces truly original collections of furniture, lighting and pieces of art. Often combining different skills, Frédéric Saulou conceptualizes each project as a study in its own right, almost sculptural, always preferring a sensitive and poetic approach to shapes and materials.
After graduating in space and environment design and then studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, Frédéric Saulou joined Eric Gizard’s company to broaden his experience. Since then, he has designed and produced many pieces, notably for the homes of artists, some of which were commissioned by the famous Hôtel Molitor and published by Ligne Roset.
Coffee table « Fruste » (Black slate from Trelazé, France).
Collection « Domestiquer »
In 2015, during an artists’ residency in Angers (France), his place of birth, Frédéric Saulou became particularly interested in slate and ornamental stones, as he had always been a lover of this material. Walking around town with his eyes rivetted to the sky, Frédéric Saulou greatly admired the buildings and local constructions, appropriating the use of this regional mineral material in order to perceive them in a new and contemporary way. He then changed scale, switching back to a more domestic format – furniture. Black slate, smoked glass and ornamental stone… Frédéric Saulou brings these construction-specific materials into our home: coffee tables, side tables, shelves and even mirrors now reign within our homes.
All the pieces from the “Domestiquer” collection are unique creations or are produced in limited series. Frédéric Saulou, keen to respect local know-how, surrounded himself with entrepreneurs from the region for the manufacturing of his pieces.
Shelf « Adroit » (Black slate from Trelazé, France and smoked glass).
Collection « Miroirs de compagnie »
Driven by the desire to carry out research related to methods of artisanal and industrial manufacturing, Frédéric Saulou wanted to combine these two practices in his collection. By combining digital factory tools and artisanal wood craftsmanship, especially the technique of hot bending, he succeeded in fashioning a resistant and self-supporting structure that can adapt itself to different objects.
Here, Frédéric Saulou chose the mirror. Available in two sizes and only in limited edition (twenty of each), these “company mirrors” occupy space with discretion and originality.
It was with this project that Frédéric Saulou won the Suddenly Made artists’ residency (Paris/Brussels) in 2016.