Things “Dune” right - PaulinePlusLuis

Hayche is getting ready to launch the Dune Collection this fall with design studio PaulinePlusLuis and we’ve got exclusive intel on what inspires them. (You’ll love the Instagram accounts they follow!)

Paulin plus Luis - Design

Some say that if you want things done right, you should do them yourself, right? We couldn’t disagree more, as most the pieces you’ll find at Hayche are collaborations with designers with a keen sense for aesthetics and practicality. Enter: The Dune Collection, dubbed by its creators, the Belgium-based design studio PaulinePlusLuis, as “modern-day bistro chairs”. Eye-catching with a minimalist design in three versions: Dune Armchair, Dune Cushion and Dune Bar Stool in a sober palette such as black, mint, and burgundy.

If it looks like an arch to you it is because it is intended to do so: “We worked on the relation between lines and surfaces to create the graphical structure of the chair,” agreed Pauline Capdo and Luis Bellenger. They got it right, and within their first try. Hayche is the first British company they collaborate with and it is also their debut as chair designers. “We like to work on the narrative and dimension created by a product, but we also had to focus on comfort and use”, said the French duo.

As far as their starting point: “We are inspired by the shapes already in our environment, we put them together and transcribe them into objects. Through this approach, our work has a sense of déjà vu, referring to stories and moments and bringing a poetic dimension to industrial production,” asserted the design studio. Which makes sense why they created The Carmen Lamp, based on the movement of the flamenco skirts and fans at the core of the Opera ‘Carmen’.

Carmen Lamp Pauline + LuisPhoto courtesy: PaulinePlusLuis - Carmen Lamp

About the design duo: PaulinePlusLuis is a design studio based in Brussels, created by Pauline Capdo and Luis Bellenger in 2015. They both studied product design in Saint-Luc Tournai and Industrial design at La Cambre in Brussels, after Luis did cabinet making studies. Discovered by our very own production Manager, Peter - their eclectic background and artistic design approach captivated us. Their designs involves an experimentation between craft and industry, and their work is based on the observation of objects, phenomena, moments, that they interpret and transform.

If you’re as invested in them as we are and would like to get to know them further, here are some things that inspires them, besides travel and spending time with friends and family:
- The Horta House in Brussels: The manor and studio of the architect Victor Horta. “A truly inspiring place, where the relation between architect and objects is impressive”, they claim.

Horta House Museum BrusselsPhoto credit: Horta Museum

On their instagram feed:
- @RomainLaprade: The photographer Romain Laprade focuses on spaces and architectural details. He makes you feel as if you were at the places he shoots through the elements he highlights.
- @SamuelZeller: Samuel is also a photographer who features inspiring buildings, graphic details and textures.
- @MariaSvarbova: The Slovakian photographer who has taken a plunge at pop culture with her captivating pictures of public swimming pools of the communist era at her hometown.

Photo credit: @maria.svarbova