Inès Bressand is a French accessories and furniture designer, best known for her collaborations with the Botswana-based furniture brand Mabeo, and with traditional basketmakers from Ghana. This latter led to her acclaimed Akamae collection of straw bags, and a place as a finalist in the 2018 Festival of Hyères Accessories Prize. Speaking to me from her apartment under lockdown in Marseille, where she is currently spending her isolation stitching her latest collection of straw bags, we discussed her love of materials, her collaborative process and what the future holds for her. Bressand tells me she has always been drawn to the basic materials found across almost all continents and cultures – wood, leather, pottery, plant fibre and so on – and the almost subconscious mark they have made on humanity. The simplicity of materials and the ways they can be manipulated is a common thread running throughout her work, with the material itself forming the starting point of any project. She readily admits that she doesn’t have an industrial design background and can’t create a 3D model on a computer – but what she can do, thanks to her training in textile design, is to explore and experiment with the possibilities of her materials by hand.
Learn more about the Inès Bressand Studio here.