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Michel Buffet

France — b. 1931

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Biography

Born in 1931, Michel Buffet trained as an engineer and interior designer. At the age of 25, he joined the American company of industrial design (CEI) directed by Raymond Loewy. In 1985, he founded his own agency, Vecteur Design Industriel.

In the context of the “Trentes Glorieuses”, as a true ambassador of industrial design, he worked on everyday objects as well as on the biggest projects of his time – Airbus A340, Channel Tunnel, RER, etc. Buffet takes advantage of the best of modern technology to create innovative pieces that combine functionality and aesthetics.
The designer’s lamps were among his first pieces, already affirming the refined style that would characterise his future work...

Born in 1931, Michel Buffet trained as an engineer and interior designer. At the age of 25, he joined the American company of industrial design (CEI) directed by Raymond Loewy. In 1985, he founded his own agency, Vecteur Design Industriel.

In the context of the “Trentes Glorieuses”, as a true ambassador of industrial design, he worked on everyday objects as well as on the biggest projects of his time – Airbus A340, Channel Tunnel, RER, etc. Buffet takes advantage of the best of modern technology to create innovative pieces that combine functionality and aesthetics.
The designer’s lamps were among his first pieces, already affirming the refined style that would characterise his future work.

Using his engineering skills, Buffet creates pieces that are pure and innovative in their functionality, such as his lights that are both light emitters and receivers.

“Most of Michel Buffet’s luminaires incorporate a source and a reflector, they are both objects of pure and seductive form and emitters of a light that is itself an immaterial sculpture. They are] like films in the cinema, works of art that are visible in their own light.”
Alain Fleischer

Photo credits: Éditions Norma