MONOCHROMIC & KARINE LANNY, A STORY OF CREATION AND RELATIONSHIP TO MATERIAL
Founded in 2013 by Karine Lanny, MONOCHROMIC is a French brand that publishes and manufactures iconic ceramic objects.
A contemporary designer adept at modern lines, Karine Lanny conveys a touch of poetry, humor or double meaning in her creations. In an essential relationship with the material, she sculpts the clay, and from this sculpture is drawn a mold which is then used for a serial reproduction shared between Marseille and Vallauris.
MONOCHROMIC, an iconoclastic brand which makes the great difference between artisanal know-how and contemporary expression
Monochromic reinvents the symbolic objects of our homes, our childhood and our beliefs, reinterpreted through the prism of shapes and lines radically purified. Cicadas from Provence, swallows, cribs and nativity scenes are dressed in trendy colors and pure lines, in the hands of passionate craftsmen who keep the know-how and heritage "made in France" alive. Monochromic takes the bold and radical step of bringing together craftsmanship and conceptual creation: the Phocaean brand breaks codes with poetry and humor, developing a concept of resolutely contemporary decorative objects, full of symbols and artistic influences.
A PASSION COMMITTED TO THE SERVICE OF CREATION, LOCAL KNOW-HOW AND LIVING HERITAGE
Since 2018, Monochromic has become a manufacturer of its own creations: a turning point in the history of the brand, which thus becomes a publisher.
It is in the heart of the design studio, backed by a 90m2 workshop established in the heart of the Phocaean City, that each model is designed, developed and manufactured in artisanal series.
The qualified craftsmen who oversee the production are passionate about working with clay and ceramics. Driven by the concern for a well-done and meticulous work, they use traditional and ancestral methods, far from industrial manufacturing processes.
Each creation is the result of a sculpture made by hand by Karine Lanny: from this sculpture is drawn a mold made by a craftsman molder (the right arm of the ceramist!), and from this unique mold comes the mass production of the collection: Each clay piece is cast one by one, then stamped by hand with the brand's seal. Retouched with a knife (this is "trimming"), it is then passed to the sponge to correct the slightest defect (the manual Photoshop!). Then comes the stage of baking the cookies, the "baking of the degourdi": the pieces are put in the oven at 1040° for 48 hours. After the temperature has been lowered, each creation is colored by hand with a spray gun, using only the paints made in the south of France by Ressource, an eco-responsible brand labeled "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant".
Each season and before each collection, designer Karine Lanny works with the Ressource team to develop a color range so that each color can be integrated into a harmonious palette, in line with the brand's trends and inspirations.
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