Not a designer, an artist or an architect, something of an inventor perhaps, a dreamer certainly and undoubtedly passionate and curious. In 1993, Nicolas Triboulot founded the QUARKS Design studio, with the aim of trying out all possible materials and all activity sectors, from the luxury industry to catering to object design. He has collaborated with Baccarat Crystal for years, envisioning and creating dozens of objects, playing with crystal, harnessing light by mastering reflection and refraction, taking the material as far as it can go so as to get the best out of it. His extensive collaborative work has led the creation of such items as perfume bottles, watches, and jewellery, as well as a restaurant. Each project is broached in its own unique way, in an attempt to combine poetry with technology… His passion for transparency has not only led him to focus on crystal, on glass, but also on ice. An amazing transparent material, a true treasure, a fresh water reserve that is sadly endangered, and which can be used to cool our favourite drinks, serve as raw material for sculptors or act as a building material for dwellings in the lands of the far north. In this latter respect, he has spent several years collaborating on the creation of the ICEHOTEL in northern Sweden. A fascinating confrontation with ice and its countless possibilities, in which technical sophistication goes hand in hand with poetry in an environment that is certainly hostile but where the sun manages to add yet greater glory to this incredible natural material. A fine illustration of nature’s cycles, with the ice returning each spring to the rivers from which it came. His research on ice has spurred his interest in all aspects of water above and beyond its solid form, including its use, its increasing scarcity, its recyclability, and its possible uses in architecture. This was the starting point for a series of installations highlighting water. The concept being to use waters from various places, colour them and make use of the resulting touches of colour as a painter would on a canvas.
After completing scientific studies in biology and geology, Arnaud Mermet-Gerlat turned to landscape architecture. He obtained a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the Haute École Charlemagne in Belgium after a year at the University of Montreal, where he developed a taste for working in multidisciplinary teams. Since 2010, he has been participating in development of a landscape division at a major Parisian architecture agency. In parallel, he co-founded Atelier LJN, with which he won the AJAP (Albums des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes) in 2016, a prize awarded to young architects and landscapers every other year by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in confirmation of its support for architectural and landscaping innovation, and its determination to promote architecture, and quality of construction and living environment. In keeping with this initial project, his professional practice focuses on experimental projects, involving him fully in their design and implementation. An approach that has led him to apply his talents in France and Europe, including Spain, Portugal, England and Sweden.