Reality is too gray in his eyes. Here because, Arthur Ristor, French designer-artist born in 1991, wants to paint the world in color. And he does it by self-producing surreal objects, such as the Tiffany Chair (2020), a 65 cm high sculpture-armchair made entirely of vetro tiffanyor like yours websiteimagined as a virtual playground.
“Our” direct environment “is too functional, there is no place for poetry, thought and reverie, is heartless. When I talk about the direct environment, I think about what I see when I go out, for example when I go shopping or do chores. What surrounds us should be more joyful and colorfulit is a pity that people leave a smile at home every morning ».
Arthur Ristor was born near Paris, in Creteil, «but I lived my childhood in Meaux, always a short distance from the capital. During my teens, as my parents love the sun, we moved to Carcassonne, in the south of France. The countryside, as a teenager, was a powerful lever for my imagination, now I work in my home-studio in Paris, there is less sun than the French south, but I like the city for its cosmopolitanism ».
From the mirror Épi d’or (2022) to salad servers Batavia (2021), to the egg cup Confetti (2021), all his creations are completely covered in coloured glassoften combined with the felt: «The Tiffany technique is almost forgotten, a shame because colored glass is a material with multiple virtues, it is transparent, rhythmic, with infinite reflections and with different possibilities of interpretation. To glass I match the felted wool that it is tactile, soft, rich in colors, easy to work with and suitable for covering any element. My goal is to spread color everywhere, to create friendly spaces and objects with which to interact, we must recover our childish curiosity ».
As sources of inspiration he cites his parents, “They are not artists, but they have instilled in me a passion for music, literature, greenery, traveling, the beach, flowers, the sun, for good times, and I think the design helps to appreciate life “.
Among his teachers he remembers: “kingdom of peace Hundertwasserwas the “enemy” of the straight line, in his philosophy, as an architect and builder, he integrated values such as human dignity, creativity, psychological health. I also have a “crush” onArt Brutthat is, the current according to which even those who do not have an artistic education can express something, without shame, naively ».
From his approach apparently naive a breadth of interests and boundless curiosity emerge: «I admire the art of Niki de Saint Phallefrom Gaudi, but also the cinema of Federico FelliniTim Burton, Terry Gilliam, directors who, through architecture, costumes, music, have made life more theatrical ».
Right now the young and multifaceted creative is working on a free exhibition with a ceramist-illustrator friend: «It will be an exhibition for fun. I am also doing the interior design for a wine barit’s my first time working on another scale, and I’m developing with Manufacture of Enamels of Longwy a colored terracotta vase, which will be available in 2023 ».
But he has a great dream in the drawer: «To create a house all in glass with a rainbow effect, flooded with natural light, a house where there will be a party every day, with candies in glass boxes, and a big furry dog to play with, where even the street lamps are made of colored glass, no gray or metal, but only shades that are reflected everywhere. I also dream of a collaboration with a footwear craftsman to design some multicolor shoes. Imagine if the cars had patchwork bodywork yellow, blue and red, in this colorful world people would be happier, and they would write poems, songs, draw drawings and eat good things ».
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