#stayhome with Florence Bourel

"More than ever, today, imagination, Art, color are essential to our lives!"

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09/04/2020 - In these uncertain times of global emergency, to #stayathome is the imperative necessity. But can this “suspended time” be transformed into opportunity and can creativity help us to see a light at the end of this tunnel and imagine a future beyond the coronavirus crisis?
Another episode in our series about the thoughts and reflections of designers during the lockdown. This time it’s Florence Bourel to answer our questions about personal experiences and life under lockdown.
How is the current situation affecting your life and work?
Many projects are either stopped or postponed. I therefore focus on longer-term collaborations (visual merchandising - artistic direction), as well as on new creative proposals for new brands.
How did you organize, or reorganize, your workspace?
I transferred part of my studio in Paris XIe in my house, the main thing being to have recreated a dedicated and calm space to work.
Could this “makeshift” be transformed into opportunity for planners and designers?
This suspended time - with new constraints - is conducive to creation, but also to an in-depth reflection on my profession : I believe more than ever in the major importance of the creative gesture associated with craftsmanship and use of durable materials.
Are there new projects born from this particular situation?
This slower period is a bit like a creative gestation. We'll see what comes out of it!
How do you spend your spare time?
I spend time with my family, I listen to the birds taking back possession of the street. I revisit Matisse, Poliakov, Delaunay, Hans Hartung, but also India, Turkey, Italy ... More than ever, today, imagination, Art, color are essential to our lives!
Do you have any suggestions for your colleagues and others?
Live the present day by day. Stay at home, work, cook, laugh and thank everyone who continues to work outside.

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