Antoine+Manuel’s story is a bit of a modern day fairytale—Antoine Audiau and Manuel Warosz met at art school in Paris in 1984, fell in love and started working together as graphic designers in 1993. They have since designed posters, invitations for Christian Lacroix, publications, interiors and furniture. Playing to one-another’s strengths and interests, Manuel generally handles the digital side of the design, while Antoine focuses on painting, colour and material experimentation. The resulting range of work is eclectic, combining layers upon layers of imagery, colours, textures, collage, hand-drawn elements and bold graphic shapes. Looking at their work overall, what you are sure to find is a beautiful sense of freedom and pure enjoyment of the process of making.
Most recently, Antoine+Manuel were involved in a monumental exhibition showcasing the 164 year history of Cartier’s jeweled objects. The exhibition, held at the Grand Palais in Paris, included approximately 600 pieces of jewelry. The task of complementing such a luxurious display, set in an iconic building, would be no mean feat! The duo developed the Cartieroscope—a 12 x 135 m, 24 minute long video projection specifically tailored for the Salon d’Honneur in the Grand Palais. The digital animation combines fragmented imagery of Cartier’s jewels, found photographs, collage and painting experiments to create vivid shifting kaleidoscopic patterns. In an interview, Manuel explains that they wanted to create a moving painting of sorts, something upon which the viewers could rest their eyes after looking at the intensely shiny objects on display. The Cartieroscope allows visitors to look at something on a larger scale which, while being captivating in its own right, directly references the subject of the exhibition, keeping it fresh in their mind.
While the physical exhibition has finished, you can view 45 second clips of the videos on the designers’ website. There are eight differently themed pieces being gradually uploaded to the site. Also, look out for their next foray into digital animation to be exhibited at the Chapelle des Calvairiennes in May this year.