Balancing on the border between art and design, Thibeau Scarcériaux creates poetic objects with a powerful story. Through them, he wants to start conversations, help break taboos and therefore contribute to a better world.
What makes you different from other designers?
I begin very deliberately from a strong, socially relevant story. For every new collection, I work around a certain taboo. Being inspired by the Ten Commandments, I eventually want to create ten collections around ten taboos. Although there may be more – new taboos seem to be constantly emerging. I certainly have no shortage of inspiration. For example, I’ve worked around religion, war and recently racism, but I also want to do something on the subject of rape or pollution.
Where does the magic of the discipline come from, for you?
I think it’s fantastic that I am completely free on a creative level. The fact that I can translate my ideas into a concrete object, and share them with the world, is magical. As a designer, I can really make a difference in the world. If I can get people to engage in conversation through my creations, my mission has succeeded.
What is the biggest challenge in your work?
While the ideas flow effortlessly into my head, it’s sometimes less easy to translate those concepts into a concrete product. Although I studied industrial product design at Howest and had advanced training in furniture design at Thomas More, I have to work regularly with external producers for the glass and steel involved. Bringing them into my creative process is not always easy. Although fortunately, there are family businesses such as Atelier Mestdagh, where thorough knowledge of materials goes hand in hand with a dose of creative imagination. As a designer, this enables me not only to arrive at a product more quickly, but also to achieve a better result.