Based in Paris, Paf is a creative studio specialized in architecture and scenography. Driven by experimentation and research in the fields of art, design and architecture, Christopher Dessus, Architect DE, scenographer, curator and director of the Pli association (magazine and workshop) created the atelier in 2017. The studio aims to question the conditions of architectural practice, from creation to production. Each project signed by the studio is a balanced research between knowledge and skill, theory and practice, in which design and production cannot be considered one without the other.

Fields of
intervention

  • Interior design
  • Exhibition scenography
  • Museography
  • Set design
  • Scenography
  • Furniture design

We offer a complete service, adapted to the specific needs of each client. With the active participation of the client, we take care of all stages of the process : from planning, research, interior, object and furniture design, to montage and construction.

Studio
philosophy

We work in close collaboration with carefully selected partners, craftsmen and producers in order to combine our strengths and expertise to achieve an innovative, high-quality and personalized final product. From architecture to product & graphic design, our team offers a wide range of expertise, which we strive to invest into each project we work on. We value a porosity between disciplines made possible through collaborations with actors from various creative fields.

We attach great importance to the study of the context and the territory of a project by adopting a responsible, ethical and sustainable approach, both through the choice of materials and construction techniques and through the use of local craftsmanship. From design to installation and construction, we implement a method based on coordination, reuse and optimisation.

Always in an active and independent position, the studio initiates new projects and attempts to involve its network of collaborators in all of them. The studio promotes creative and innovative projects, with a specific focus on supporting the young generation of architects and designers. This concern expresses itself particularly in the form of curatorial projects, either by direct invitation or in a self-initiated way.

Credentials

  • Adidas
  • Agora du Design 2020
  • AA School Loondon
  • AIMKO creative agency
  • Agora du Design
  • Badia Berger Architectes
  • Basile Di Manski
  • CCA, Centre Canadien d’Architecture
  • Citadium
  • David Leclerc Architectures
  • Diplomates
  • DOC!
  • École de Condé (Paris & Bordeaux)
  • ENSCI – Les Ateliers
  • École nationale supérieure des arts et des médias de Caen/Cherbourg
  • fbcc architecture
  • Frac PACA
  • Galerie 34 Greneta (étapes: Magazine)
  • LAN Architecture
  • Mains d’Œuvres
  • Maison de l’architecture Île-de-France
  • Le 308, Maison de l’Architecture en Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • MADD, Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du design de Bordeaux
  • Parc Architectes
  • Paris Design Week
  • Pavillon de l’Arsenal
  • Pavillon des Canaux
  • Réseau des Maisons de l’Architecture
  • Roland Garros
  • Say hi to_
  • Le Signe
  • Veillance
  • villa Noailles
  • We Love Green
  • White Wall Studio
  • Yanis

Collaborators

Architects and designers :
Adrien Rovero, Samy Rio, Peaks Architectes

Collectives and nonprofits :
Bellastock, Collectif Blanc, Pli Éditions, villa Noailles, Réserve de Arts

Graphic designers and illustrators :
Studio Fables, Jean–Baptiste Parré, NDbrg studio, Delphine Dussoubs, Y–Visual

Photographers :
11h45, Bonjour Garçon Studio, Ivan Mathie, Luc Bertrand, Pierre Antoine, Valentin Fougeray

Interns :
Laurie Da Costa Gonçalves
Romain Laurent
Agathe Pollet
Claire Malot
Sara Tantane
Roméo Drege

The studio doesn’t require any new interns at the moment.

Presse

Chronologie
de l’atelier

2020

First stage installation with Basile Di Manski

Guest professor at the Caen/Cherbourg School of Arts & Media

Guest professor for a class about Design Politics at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI-Les Ateliers).
Coming up:

Agora du Design curation and exhibition in November with Claire Lavabre, Mathieu Peyroulet, Benjamin Lafore, Sébastien Martinez Barat & Samy Rio.

Pli

Launch of the theme of the sixth issue – Minimal & Maximal

2019

Winner of the 2019 Agora du Design Curation award.

Creation of the Pli Public Workshop creative assistance programme, co-production of the exhibition in collaboration with the Pavillon de l’Arsenal.

First stage installation with Yanis.

Scenographic proposal for the FRAC PACA in Marseille.

Project selected for the We Love Green 2019 Festival in Paris.

Paf atelier moves into its atelier on Boulevard de la Villette in Paris.

Pli

Pli Public Workshop 01 exhibition from November 28, 2019 to January 12, 2020 at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris.

Fifth issue (352 pages) with the participation of Didier Fiúza Faustino, Christian Lacroix, Ronan Bouroullec and Nathalie du Pasquier.

2018

First curation for the 4th Biennial of the Réseau des Maisons de l’Architecture (Network of Houses of Architecture).This biennial opens up a field of possibilities and is in line with a desire to open up architecture to related disciplinary fields.

Participation in the “Conversation Infinie” organized by Atelier Georges at the Venice Biennale.

First collaborations with Aimko (creative agency) on several scenography projects (Paris Fashion Week) for the brands Adidas, Roland Garros and Citadium.

Pli

Fourth issue (352 pages) with the participation of matali crasset, Mirko Zardini and Fanette Mellier.

Exhibitions at White Wall Studio in Montreal, Pavillon des canaux and Galerie 34 Greneta in Paris.

First conferences: at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design in Bordeaux (les Jeudis du Design) and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

First intensive workshop at the École de Condé Paris.

Pli becomes a partner of Le Signe, Centre national du graphisme in Chaumont for Pierre Faucheux’s exhibition, Espaces de lecture, lecture d’espaces.

2017

Working alongside the stage management of the Villa Noailles, Christopher produces several types of exhibitions there.

Following the 33rd Festival de la Mode et du Design and the Design Parade Toulon, Christopher gets more involved in the accompaniment of young creators and meets many of Paf atelier’s recurring collaborators.

Production of the exhibition La Boîte de Nuit with curators Benjamin Lafore, Sébastien Martinez-Barat and Audrey Teichmann.

Creation of Corea Corner, rue des Filles du Calvaire in Paris, following an invitation from the magazine Say Hi To_ and the Ubalt Architects agency .

Official creation of Paf atelier and move in Rue Lesage, Paris.

Pli

Third issue (288 pages) with the participation of Philippe Rahm, Pierre Antoine, Mirko Zardini, Samy Rio, Centre Pompidou / Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Richard Niessen and matali crasset.

Production of the Exhibition at the Maison de l’Architecture en Nouvelle-Aquitaine with the collaboration of NDbrg studio.

2016

Consulting in various architecture agencies: guidance, development support & work on their identities.

Development of the embryonic exhibition project designed by LAN Architecture for the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris Haussmann.

Development of production and communication at David Leclerc Architecture.

First invitation as assistant teacher at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles with Benjamin Aubry.

Pli

Second issue (284 pages), with the participation of Ruedi Baur, Emmanuelle Caille and Aurélien Farina.

Launch of Pli 02 at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal with Peaks Architects invited to design the scenography.

2015

After graduating from the École Nationale Supérieure d’architecture de Versailles, Christopher initiated the first elements of research on the connections between architecture and publishing.

Pli

First issue (170 pages) produced through participatory financing.

First exhibition Déplier at Atelier Meraki, Paris.

Crédits

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