With Rencontre, Patrick Jouin does a
reinterpretation of the ornament for Marotte. The ornament's theme is back in
the spotlight thanks to the emergence of new machining techniques. Patrick
Jouin reinvents Marotte's sculpted panels and explores all the possibilities
the machine has to offer. His work goes well beyond focusing on matter and the
ways of giving it shape. Indeed, Patrick Jouin is hard at work modeling light
as a material in its own right.
The aesthetic effect of the sculpted panels
of the Rencontre collection depends on the trajectory, the angle, and the speed
of rotation of the machining tools used, which are specially designed for each
model. The material is hence meticulously sculpted; the tool leaves a trace, an
imprint made of solids and hollows and shadows and lights that transform the
bare panel and create a pattern and a design on the material. The pattern then
becomes dynamic; its appearance depends on lighting, the movements of people in
space, and the shadows resulting from those movements, causing it to change and
become vibrant and alive.
Offering the possibility of creating unique walls
with varied characters, the Rencontre collection features 16 designs divided
among 6 major groups and available in 8 colors.
A play on
vertical and linear lines, "Plissé" is a radical and minimalist
approach to light and shadow modeling. By working the material in a ribbed,
slanted, or layered pattern, the machine leaves an imprint that suggests a
certain gentleness in the its operation. Using the layered pattern makes it
possible not to cover the entire surface to leave room for "non
ornament", simplicity, and blank space.
features intersecting horizontal and vertical lines. Imprints made in the
material by two tools of different shapes reveal a unique pattern at each
intersection and meeting point.
curved and contoured shapes, "Bas-relief" suggests the gentleness of
the tool and machine: a paradox, yet the design is evocative of sculpture,
handiwork, and artisans, thereby creating a link to the history of the ornament
and decorative arts.
evokes the use of one or several tools sweeping over an entire page in a random
pattern, without apparent rules. It illustrates the idea of a paintbrush moving
over a blank sheet, leaving behind traces and imprints that intersect to create
a complex graphic composition. In an architectural arrangement, the panels can
be joined together without regard for orientation as there is no up, down, left
or right side. The arrangement then takes the shape of a vast abstract
A nod to
clapboards and shingles, those narrow timber boards seen in French mountain
constructions or in New England, the panel looks like as though it were made of
a multitude of pieces. This illusion is achieved by stripping some material.
Some of the shingles disappear in a random pattern to create a rhythm and
vibration of lights and shadows.
TRAIT ANGLAIS :
inspired by the drawing technique of the same name, the "Trait Anglais"
(literally, "English Stroke", refers the technique called
scraperboard in the UK or scratchboard in the US) family is build around
upstrokes and downstrokes, thickness and depth to create volumes, shadows and
optical illusions. The various patterns are organized around a vertical stroke
or a linear imprint, which, despite its apparent simplicity, allows the
possibility of creating complex shapes that reinterpret patterns derived from
the history of art, but also more graphic, contemporary or even abstract