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.
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.

Fields of
intervention

  • Exhibition

  • Live show

  • Retail

  • Furniture

  • Curation

  • Set Design

  • Scenography

  • Interior design

  • Installation

  • Museography

  • Graphic design

  • Communication

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.

References

Agencies
Aimko Paris
ADR
H5
MNSTR Agency
Pavillon Noir
Yard
yoann & marco

Brands
Adidas Originals
Birkenstock France
Cartier
Citadium Paris
Chanel
Coelho Beauty
IRO Paris
Jacquemus
Nike
Printemps
Ruinart
Quartz Co.
LGN Louis Gabriel Nouchi
LECAVALIER
Want Les Essentiels

Live
Association Rift
Compagnie Olivier Dubois
Compagnie Sohrâb Chitan
Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois
Eurovision France
Mains d’OEuvres
Peacock Society
We Love Green Festival
Yanis

Institutions
CCA, Centre Canadien d’Architecture
DOC!
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture
de Versailles
ENSCI — Les Ateliers
Espace Niemeyer
Frac PACA
Fondation CIVA
Maison de l’Architecture en Île-de-France
MADD, Musée des Arts décoratifs
et du Design de Bordeaux
Pavillon de l’Arsenal
Réseau des Maisons de l’Architecture
Palais de la découverte
Théâtre du Châtelet
villa Noailles

Team

Current Team:
Christopher Dessus
— Architect
Roméo Drege
— Interior architect
Zora Beyeler
— Architect
Gaiane Legendre
— Interior architect
Théo Charasse
— Designer

Stagiaires depuis 2017 :
Laurie Da Costa Gonçalves
Romain Laurent
Agathe Pollet
Claire Malot
Sara Tantane
Quentin Cholley
Louise Cancel
Romain Joly
Ninon Oudin

The studio does not currently take new intern. No position is available.

Press

Opportunity

Currently, the workshop has offers for the following profile(s):
– Architecture intern
– Design / scenography intern

Duration of revealed stages: between 3 and 6 months from September 2022
Paid, 5 days/week

For any internship or employment request: job@pafatelier.com.

Chronologie
de l’atelier

2022

Scenography for Maison Château Rouge for the reopening of Tati Barbès in Paris.

Scenography for the artist / choreographer Yoann Bourgeois, at 104 from September 2022.

Scenography for the presentation of the Lecavalier brand at Paris Fashion Week at the Palais de Tokyo.

Scenography for the LGN and JOEONE double fashion show at Paris Fashion Week at the Théâtre de Chaillot.

Scenography of the Quartz CO pop-up. and Wants Les Essentiels in Paris.

Spring Festival scenography with the Yard agency.

Production of the Les Fleurs – Ganni project in Paris.

Pli

2021

Scenography for Agora du Design - Curator’s grant (Christopher Dessus) at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal.

Winner for the installation and signage of the new Les Étincelles pavilion - Palais de la Découverte in Paris. Opening May 2021.

Scenography in collaboration with Togæther for Adidas Originals France, at the Adidas Flagship Paris Avenue des Champs-Elysées from 28 January 2021.

Set design and production for Eurovision France - France Télévisions.

Teaching on design policy at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI).

Pli

Collection 01 - Samy Rio, Future-proof? Ongoing research (2015-2020).

Outside the collection - Catalogue Offering flowers - Agora du Design.

2020

Scenography and production for the new creation Itmahrag by the Compagnie Olivier Dubois in Paris and on tour.

Proposal and object design for Chanel (Singapore).

Scenography and production for Sleeping Beauty (Hélios Événement) for the Sôhrab Chitan company at the Théâtre Fémina in Bordeaux.

Scenographic proposal for the Abbaye de Fontevraud for the Merveille de Terre Cuite exhibition.

First collaborations with Agence Togæther on several scenography projects for the brands Adidas Originals and Citadium.

Guest teacher for the 5th year diploma jury at AA School London.

Visiting professor at the Caen/Cherbourg Higher School of Arts & Media.

Teaching on design policy at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI).

Pli

Launch of the theme of the sixth issue - Minimal & Maximal.
Exhibition at the Floréal Belleville.

Scenography and production for Maison Archik and BehangelFoiny studio.

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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