Where to begin with our day today....
We met Patrice Sebille, artisan wool mattress maker. A charming man with one of the most niche crafts I have come across before. He makes mattresses, by hand, using wool.
Our morning was spent with him explaining to us his business (he has a small workshop studio in Paris), his ambitions to create a 'flying' mattress and the students/designers/artists he has worked with along the way.
The 'flying' mattress was a concept of using an iron panel between layers of wool in the mattress creating the illusion that the bed was floating. The concept was worked on with a industrial design student. The result fascinating. Will do my best to dig out an image of it.
The first image is of the 'Diabolo' (named after the game????). The idea being that it is NOT a bed mattress and NOT a chair mattress. It is a multi-use structure with teenagers in mind, somewhere to throw your clothes, somewhere to laze about on etc. I think the fact that something so beautiful can be created from what is usually a square/rectangular shape immediately changes your perspective on what could be created from this very old craft. This idea brings us to the second image. A photo of work by textile designer Pauline Angotti. Pauline interned with Patrice, learning the skill of mattress making with the idea of a much larger project in mind. She then went on to create body structures, commissioned by famed Japanese make-up company Shiseido. It suddenly became EVEN more interesting.
Our late morning/afternoon was then spent making our own 'mini' mattress (latter images). This process is extremely labour intensive, extremely time consuming and extremely rewarding. I am left buzzing after our day with Patrice. He is a fascinating person and very kind to have shared his mistakes, his experiences, his successes with us to remember and hopefully learn from.