The studio

YMER&MALTA occupies a very particular niche in the furniture world, at the crossroads of design, art and craftsmanship. It opens up new paths of expression at the crossroads of Arts & Crafts and modernism, of skills and innovation, combining design precision with virtuosity and the freedom of the craftsman’s hand or that of the machine with computer numerical controls.

Combining traditional art professions with cutting edge innovation, YMER&MALTA gives fresh, innovative impetus to the French cultural Heritage.

Valérie Maltaverne

Valérie Maltaverne is the eye of YMER&MALTA. As curator and informed conductor, she knows how to get the very best from each designer, each artisan, each profession. Each YMER&MALTA piece tells a beautiful story that takes us on a journey. Finding the music, the harmonies and the pieces that form the whole is both Valérie’s job and her passion.

YMER&MALTA, A QUESTION OF SAVOIR-FAIRE

Through its collections, YMER&MALTA pushes the limits of forms and techniques. The studio is a genuine research laboratory and recognised as a stakeholder in the history of French craftsmanship due to its commitment to the reinvention of the manufacturing process, the use of traditional materials and new technologies.
There are no limits in terms of materials. Noble materials such as marble, leather, glass or bronze are worked, sculpted and assembled to create pieces with elegant, timeless lines, made to last. A combination of craftsmanship and hours of hard work, a piece from YMER&MALTA is precious – an investment for the present and the future.

Each collection takes us on a creative journey. The process carried out by YMER&MALTA takes two years on average, and involves a constant dialogue between Valérie Maltaverne, the designers and the artisans that are handpicked for their exceptional skills and enthusiasm.

THE DESIGNERS

YMER&MALTA calls on the best industrial designers in France and abroad to design its collections. Each collaboration is truly a creative adventure, during which each designer is invited to explore a territory that will push the limits of their art to produce pieces that are more personal and unique, to be manufactured as one-offs or in very limited editions.

Each collection is a collective effort based on a theme and orchestrated by Valérie Maltaverne, where a varied range of different sensibilities meet as part of a creative process that has no time constraint. The process goes on until a perfect design.

 

ARTISANS

The production phase conforms to the same high standards. YMER&MALTA calls on the excellence of traditional French craftsmanship as well as using the most cutting-edge technologies.

Just like the design phase, the production process is unhurried, precise and meticulous. Each collection highlights a material or an art profession based on the guiding principle of traditional craftsmanship and today’s level of comfort. Artisans are chosen based on their willingness to go beyond their traditional skills, to push the limits of their knowledge in the creation of pieces that are precious, exceptional and always original.

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AKARI UNFOLDED COLLECTION

Over the last nine years, YMER&MALTA founder Valérie Maltaverne has breathed extraordinary life into what the French call savoir faire (“know how”), a shorthand for France’s centuries-old luxury craft industries. The key has been her ability to marry her love and respect for those industries with her creative desire to see them evolve: not merely by trying to keep up with contemporary tastes, but through the incorporation of new technologies and concepts into their core traditions.

Maltaverne’s collaborative methodology comes out of her experience, in a previous career, as a film producer. YMER&MALTA employs multiple designers (emerging and established) and artisans (traditional and cutting edge), with whom Maltaverne works in the role of auteur. Everything that YMER&MALTA produces is an expression of her sensibilities and her determination to synthesize the old and the new by innovating from within the traditional crafts with which she engages.

Isamu Noguchi described his own anti-nostalgic engagement with premodern material cultures as the true development of old traditions. Akari, his most complete and important expansion of the envelope of sculpture and the apotheosis of his efforts to give the past a new future, was, like Maltaverne’s work in savoir faire, on the scale of industry. The principal innovation in Akari was the introduction of an electric bulb to a traditionally candle-powered paper lantern, which produced modern lamps with the timeless life-force of natural light.

For nearly two decades (1956–74), the most sensitive, daring, and sympathetic Akari retailer in the world was Steph Simon Gallery in Paris, best-known for introducing and championing the designs of Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand. Thanks to Simon, Akari have had an especially strong impact on design in France. Maltaverne herself bought Akari there and has lived with and been motivated by them for many years. The present project, YMER&MALTA’s first to reach outside French craft, came out of a 2016 visit to The Noguchi Museum during which Maltaverne decided to apply her model to Akari. The challenge was to see whether she might, treating Akari as the tradition, extend its fundamental alchemies—what Noguchi called the intrinsic qualities of craft whose products cannot be successfully falsified (as the many Akari knockoffs demonstrate)—into the future.

Ultimately, YMER&MALTA’s modest plan to produce six designs with Akari principles developed into a massively complex international collaboration with six designers, and artisans in more than 20 different disciplines. Overcoming many technical hurdles, they pushed linen, metal, resin, Plexiglas, concrete, and paper in new directions and produced 29 light fixtures—which now join the radiant, ever-expanding legacy of Noguchi’s Akari.

Dakin Hart
Senior Curator
The Noguchi Museum

Light Fragments

YMER&MALTA / Nendo

The challenge on this piece was to find the perfect fade out effect of the inclusion block, trespassing the constraints of the delicacy of the acrylic.
The Light Fragments adapted the Akari principle – to bring natural light into living spaces – by reinterpreting the mystic duality of the moon and the sun.

Acrylic, metal, LED
H.65 x L.250 x D.80 cm (set)

Poise

YMER&MALTA / Sebastian Bergne

Combining a strong shape and a fragile material, Poise is a clean, modern origami.

Paper, metal, LED
Floor lamp
H.185 x L.60 x D.30 cm
Table lamp
H.62 x L.35 x D.22 cm
Pendant S
H.30 x L.32 x D.23 cm
Pendant L
H.40 x L.42 x D.30 cm

Belle de Jour

YMER & MALTA / Océane Delain

A combination of an innovative material and an intelligent assembling. Belle de Jour achieves the perfect balance between a soft translucency and mechanical performance.

Resin, linen, metal, LED
Sconce
H.145 x L.50 x D.30 cm
Floor lamp
H.240 x L.75 x D.55 cm
Corner lamp
H.180 x L.65 x D.60 cm

Belle de Nuit

YMER & MALTA / Océane Delain

Belle du Nuit combines the delicacy of the thin metal bars and the ceramic volumes to a practical and modern lighting technology.

Ceramic, metal, LED, rechargeable battery
XS: H.25 x L.10 x D.8 cm
S: H.25 x L.12 x D.10 cm
M: H.30 x L.15 x D.12 cm
L: H.40 x L.25 x D.15 cm

Galet

YMER&MALTA / Sylvain Rieu-Piquet

Organic shapes that found their balance point, these light rocks are meticulously designed.

Resin, sand, LED
XS: H.29 x L.22 x D.8 cm
S: H.40 x L.30 x D.11 cm
M: H.54 x L.40 x D.14 cm
L: H.68 x L.50 x D.17 cm
XL: H.82 x L.60 x D.20 cm

edaLight

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

Inspired by the graphics of Japanese kimonos, these lamps combine a unique and simple paper folding to a complex organic structure.

Paper, metal, LED
Sconce
H.245 x L.135 x D.40 cm
Floor lamp
H.175 x L.95 x D.60 cm
Table lamp
H.35 x L.55 x D.35 cm

MARQUETRY: SLEEPING BEAUTY COLLECTION

The Sleeping Beauty collection brings a breath of fresh air and creativity to one of the grandest of the French art professions: marquetry. Numerous types of precious wood are cut and assembled in an original way, depicting landscapes, moving shapes, abstract or figurative motifs.
The result is a surprisingly kinetic, contemporary vision of marquetry.

cloudInChest

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The cloudInChest cabinet is composed of almost three thousand hand cut pieces of wood from sixteen different species, that cover a shape cut like a diamond. A moving, pixelated cloud appears to take us on a journey.

Marquetry – 16 wood types
H.120 x L.180 x D.50 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Acquired by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris

inMySkin

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The plateau of the inMySkin table is in marquetry made from veneers cut from eleven types of natural wood in different colours, the result is a digitalised reptile-skin effect.

Marquetry with 11 types of natural wood
H.75 x L.263,7 x D.117 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Black Snake Blues

YMER&MALTA / Sylvain Rieu-Piquet

The Black Snake Blues coffee table simply exudes animality. A snake appears on the surface, as if shedding its white ebony skin shot through with black, in one fluid movement.

Marquetry of dyed pear tree wood, white ebony, matt lacquered steel
H.32 x L.250 x D.85 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Illusion

YMER&MALTA / Sebastian Bergne

From metal to wood, like the impeccably sawn board, Illusion is the only ebony piece in the collection that plays with brighter colours using copper, brass and tin. The ellipsis repeated to infinity blends in with the material; the illusion is perfect.

Marquetry in black ebony, brass, copper and aluminium
H.35 x L.200 x D.70 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Plane Tree

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Plane Tree is completely covered in marquetry that perfectly imitates the camouflage motif echoed in the hidden drawers on each side. Thousands of old wood veneers with the contrasting colours of unique wood species: green and grey pin oak, white ebony, Macassar ebony, sycamore, pear tree, lemon tree.

Marquetry made from sycamore, Macassar ebony, pin oak, wenge
H.45 x L.45 x D.200 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

COMBINAISON COLLECTION

Combinaison is a collection that often works through juxtaposition, at times through confrontation, inversion and even hybridisation, but never through opposition. A series of combinations that speak of moments where methods and typologies, materials and manufacturing processes collide.

Tenellus

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

The Tenellus lamp contrasts the fragility of paper and the lightness of an industrial mesh, with the precision, simplicity and weight of a simple metallic tube. The resulting piece provides a delicate, honeycomb light.

Base in anodised metal, steel mesh, paper
H.60 × L.49 × D.13 cm
Numbered edition

Palissade

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Palissade is made of three shapes slotted together to form one piece.
Each of the shapes is edged so that the surface takes the light in a different way. In addition to the facets, a hatch pattern with luxurious gold, palladium and copper trim adds to the singularity of this exceptional piece, an infinite light trap.

Pine veneer in gold, bronze and silver
H.100 × L.50 × D.50 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

SKIN DEEP COLLECTION

Skin Deep pays homage to a traditional and luxurious material. This collection freely explores the possibilities of leather, playing with feelings and contrasts, textures, colours, shapes, in both supple and stiff leathers.
Powerful and sensual leather sculptures fill the space, making it more open and freer.

sofaScape

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The sofaScape is a country, a landscape with mountainous relief. The sofaScape is an emotional domain with variations and shades.
A closed area of variable geometry, made of spaces, dips, densities adapts to each of our bodies and each of our moments. The astonishing architecture of this sculptural bench takes its rightful place in the space that welcomes it while opening a door to elsewhere.

Calfskin, natural or black oak
12 unique colour combinations made from 6 different leather shades
H.75 × L.250 × D.81 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

SmoothWriter

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The pure lines, the shape, the leather of the smoothWriter desk provide a place of refuge, protected and intimate. A space where time has stopped and where words take shape.

Wood frame, dyed black, calfskin
H.90 × L.150 × D.60 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Mirror Mirror

YMER&MALTA / Sebastian Bergne

Since time immemorial, the mirror has been the object through which we appreciate beauty. Its power is almost invisible. The assembly of two suspended elements, one made from luxurious leather, the other a clear, penetrating mirror, results in a precious, sculptural object. Its incredible presence reminds us of the beauty of the mirror itself, as much as that of the reflection.

Metal structure, mirror, leather
Pearl grey or dark brown
H.70 × D.70 × D.70 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Victory

YMER&MALTA / Silvain Rieu-Piquet

The four Victory seats are like minimalist sculptures.
Their extreme simplicity hides their cutting-edge design.
The leather moulds itself to the voluminous, organic shapes that are redolent of the sensuality of the boxing glove. The wide lace stitching adds a finishing touch of the utmost elegance.

Calfskin
S : H.50.5 x L.40.5 x D.37.5 cm
M : H.40.5 x L.76.5 x D.47 cm
XL : H.37,5 x L.160 x D.42.5 cm
Round : H.38 x D.92 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Blister

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

The Blister bench is a contemporary update of the padded leather classic. A simple folded surface. The leather fits on to a frame formed from a diamond-shaped pattern with a vacuum-packed effect.
The frame changes and opens up to the light nearer the bottom, the result is an object that seems to be hardly touching the ground.

Folded metal structure, calfskin
Black, chocolate brown and pearl grey
H.45 x L.186 x D.50 cm
Edition limited to 12 pieces in each colour

Tatou

YMER&MALTA / A+A Cooren

A charming domesticated chimera that changes according to the skins used. The shell is made from one piece of leather, chosen to evoke the animal’s own life experience. The Tatou reminds us that languor is a sign of longevity.

Bull calfskin, aluminium, wood
H.34 L.71,5 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

MORNING MIST COLLECTION

Morning Mist, a collection developed exclusively with Benjamin Graindorge, essentially proposes new shapes and thoughts on the theme of light, the ultimate emotional material. Through this ode to light, Morning Mist proposes an alteration of reality, or perhaps attempts to reveal the essence of the real.

asphericalSkyLight

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The asphericalSkylight lamp appears at first as a very simple, even basic piece through its minimalist construction. Once lit, a window on the sky opens up and attracts our gaze to the point of hypnosis, the light absorbs us. Everything seems to slide over the surface until we doubt the existence of the object.

Whitened oak and LED
H.60 × L.133 × D.23 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

betweenShadows

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The betweenShadows are alcoves for dreaming. Covered in a layer of porcelain bisque, they bring us to an in-between place between the sacred and the profane; where shadow comes from light, where they reveal themselves to one another. A place where fire comes to life. The light is not just a shimmer, it is also calm and profound. This shadow object illuminates our inner life – a space too fragile to take too much brightness.

Porcelain bisque
S: H.38,3 x L.34 x D.26 cm
L: H.55 x L.25,3 x D.28 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

cristalCane

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

CristalCanes are living beings.
Their glass skeletons carry the very essence of light with grace and elegance. The density of the glass skulls, made using three different methods contrasts with the fine delicateness of the limbs.
A silhouette of technological abstraction, they confide their strange poetry.

Blown glass, manufactured by the CERFAV
White or black
L: H.166 x L.76,5 x D.75 cm
S: H.50,6 x L.63,5 x D.33 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour and per size

Acquired by the CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques)

fallenTree

YMER&MALTA/ Benjamin Graindorge

A sincere, organic piece of poetry, fallenTree is a unique object with its singular shape and the natural presence of oak branches. In order to better evoke the lack of gravity, the base is made from highly technical optical glass, the perfect transparency gives the dreamlike illusion of a slight imbalance.

Sculpted oak and borosilicate glass base
Finish in natural solid oak
H.120 x L.110 x D.273 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Acquired by the Centre Georges Pompidou

doveTail

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The doveTail basket is a miniature evocation of the fallenTree where brute force is replaced by the fragility that is as much a part of the tree.

Sculpted oak
H.28 x L.50 x D.75 cm
Numbered edition

hiddenSkin

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

We find the very essence of material treated in a radically different way with the hiddenSkin bench, where leather and wood are brought together to bring out the feel of their hyper-materiality in an impeccable geometric, compact shape that demands to be touched.

Black leather, black tinted oak (satin finish), whitened Douglas pine (sanded finish) and natural oak (matt finish)
H.28 × L.52 × D.41 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

ikebanaMedulla

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The ikebanaMedulla vase takes us to a sensitive and poetic territory, imbued with a wild but controlled nature. It gives off an impression of intense serenity when it reveals itself in its starkness, the vase and its function are one. It blends in with the living matter.

ABS lacquered with ultra-matt paint – tin base
H.76 × L.38 × D.27 cm
Limited edition of 5 pieces

Acquired by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris

mirrorMirage

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

A delicate cloud motif crosses over the mirrors and creates the illusion of a dawn mist.
The Mirage mirrors conjugate high level craftsmanship with pure poetry.
Made using a serigraphy technique, the illusion is perfect and gives one the impression of emerging from the clouds, of flying.

Three serigraphed mirrors
S: H.90 x L.160 cm
M: H.150 x L.70 cm
L: H.200 x L.100 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

morningMist

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The morningMist lamp is like an apparition. Like a chimera, it moves delicately and spreads a light that wraps around one like the dew of the morning. The glass beads come in 12 shades. They seem to shelter our dreams, we give in totally.

Extra-white glass bead, base in shiny white lacquered steel
12 unique “morning mist” colours
H.30 x L.50 x D.20 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Acquired by the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez
and by the CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastiques)

stillLifePoiësis

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

A wild structure between the nervous system, a motorbike’s carburettor and the branch of a tree, the stillLifePoiësis vase is the perfect illustration of the YMER&MALTA approach that associates a material with a craft.

Vase: blown borosilicate
Structure: polished bronze
Ebony wood
H.59,6 x L.109,8 x D.35,8 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces

Acquired by the Musée Le Quadrilatère in Beauvais

FEATHER LIGHT MARBLE COLLECTION

Feather Light Marble expresses the inconceivable, creating light objects made from marble.
Marble is ultra-resistant and, as a result, was slimmed down to the extreme. Airy, sensual, light, delicate, it loses nothing of its density. Feather Light Marble proposes stark lines that surprise and move us.
A new poetic reality emanates from the pieces.

smallLivingLand

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

SmallLivingLand brings the feeling of marble as a living matter to life through the prism of a minimalist Japanese garden, a microscopic representation of a life space – a rocky heaven that shelters a fragment of nature.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
H.4,5 × L.41 × D.24,5 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

stillQuietPlane

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

The stillQuietPlane shelf rises like a cloud in the sky.
The marble, without its weight, is as if lifted up by a mysterious levitational force. The stillQuietPlane shelves seem to float in space, gravity-free. When lit, they seem to have wings.

White Carrara marble or black Marquina marble
S: H.50 × L.100 × D.16,5 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

M: H.200 × L.100 × D.20 cm
Limited edition of 5 pieces per colour
Ensemble: H.200 × L.300 × D.20 cm
Limited edition of 3 pieces per colour

sweetHorizon

YMER&MALTA / Benjamin Graindorge

SweetHorizon is a 3D sketch, a piece of research into the limits of the thinness a piece of marble can attain. The lightness achieved when the marble is down to almost nothing makes it as transparent as veined skin as the fleshy marble becomes a sensual matter.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
H.5,5 × L.60 × D.24,7 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Anneau

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

The Anneau cup is made from a very flat V profile that turns to form a circle. As thin as the marble will allow, the thickness diminishes to only a few millimetres at the edge. It seems to float as if suspended over the table. The impression of lightness that it gives is surprising.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
S: H.2,7 × L.40 cm
L: H.2,7 × L.60 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour and size

Vacuum

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Cut from a black of marble, Vacuum plays with the limits of the material’s resistance for a stark, graphic effect, a precise lace in hard stone.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
H.5 × L.50 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Acquired by the CNAP (Centre Nationale des Arts Plastiques)

Orbit

YMER&MALTA / A+A Cooren

The Orbit light can be set to a number of positions, thanks to the balance it pulls off with its centre of gravity, the light can be oblique, or more vertical.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
S: H.22 × L.20 cm
M: H.27,5 × L.25 cm
L: H.33 × L.30 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Void

YMER&MALTA / A+A Cooren

The Void stool invites us on a journey to the centre of material.
A perfect convolution in marble that wraps around the void, skirting around it, to reveal a sculptural seat.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
H.33 × L.52 × D.25,5 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Acquired by the CNAP (Centre Nationale des Arts Plastiques)

Clé

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

The architecture of the minimum. The perfect compromise between the mass of matter used and the economy of means used to make it.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
H.50 × L.31 × D.42,3 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Disamare

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Slimming down to the absolute limit, relying on the endurance of the block. A daring attempt to make marble float on a wall. Three shelves that create the illusion of a curved marble plaque.

White marble from Carrara or black marble from Marquina
S: H.18 × L.60 × D.20 cm
M: H.26 × L.90 × D.20 cm
L: H.34 × L.120 x D.20 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Acquired by the CNAP (Centre Nationale des Arts Plastiques)

Bone

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Convoking the timeless, aspiring to meditations, the Bone uses archetypes, half-way between the Asian neck-support and the Japanese torii. This simply designed seat hides the complexity of its structure.

Black Belgian marble, white Carrara marble or veined Arabesco marble,
Base in natural oak
H.30,5 × L.53,5 × D.23 cm
Limited edition of 12 pieces per colour

Flap

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

The endurance of the block. This lamp speaks of an object, the precious nature of which comes from the memory of the block from which it was extracted. The marble functions as a reflector, a shade and the basic structure of the lamp, in one geometric piece.

White Carrara marble or black Marquina marble
H.34 × L.50 × D.20 cm
Edition limited to 12 pieces per colour

ILLUSIONS COLLECTION

Illusions met en scène quatre pièces dont la subtilité se dérobe au premier coup d’œil.
Illusions agit comme un stimulus sensoriel et cognitif grâce à des jeux d’optique, de matières et de perspectives qui offrent une nouvelle réalité à son spectateur.

Stoco

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Ambiguïté et illusions règnent ici en maitre.
Stoco est composé de trois modules pouvant aussi bien être des tables basses d’appoints que des tabourets. Stoco s’apparente à une sculpture utile : les modules sont d’autant plus fonctionnels qu’afin d’être déplacés facilement, chaque tronc est évidé.

Bois de chêne sculpté et brûlé
L.80 x l.90 x H.45 cm (l’ensemble)
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires

Basalt

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Forme, fonction et poids se jouent de nos sens.
Basalt est composé de cinq modules pouvant aussi bien être des tables basses d’appoints que des tabourets. Basalt s’apparente à une sculpture utile : les modules sont d’autant plus fonctionnels qu’afin d’être déplacés facilement, chaque tronc est évidé.

Bois de chêne sculpté et brulé ou chêne naturel
L.134 x l.97 x H.40 cm (l’ensemble)
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires par couleur

Fold

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Fold est un miroir qui ne répond pas d’emblée à la fonction objectivement réfléchissante que l’on attend de lui. En effet, constitué d’une feuille d’inox poli miroir plissée, il multiplie les reflets, donnant de la réalité une vision relative et multiple. Il permet autant de jouer avec les illusions qu’avec la lumière qu’il diffracte.

Acier poli brillant et plissé
L.100 x H.60 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires

Stripes

YMER&MALTA / Normal Studio

Le cabinet Stripes est un grand meuble à claire-voie. Sur ses quatre faces sont assemblés des tasseaux de bois disposés en diagonale. Suivant l’angle de vue, ce dispositif provoque un jeu de transparence ou d’opacité, laissant apparaître son contenu. Un véritable jeu d’ombre et de lumière qui donne de la réalité une vision relative et changeante…

Chêne massif teinté noir
L.85 × l.51 x H.187 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires

Acquis par le Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris

À L’ORIGINE COLLECTION

Les pièces imaginées en exclusivité avec Cédric Ragot racontent la genèse d’YMER&MALTA.
Cette collection est née d’une vision où la virtuosité créative dialogue avec la réalité industrielle. À l’origine est empreinte d’une dimension onirique et sensible où la fonctionnalité de chaque objet est transcendée.
Sa pureté et son originalité en font une collection forte et mémorable, aux frontières avec l’art contemporain.

13 000 Volts

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

13 000 Volts dessine les contours du cerveau humain et nous invite à faire un voyage lumineux au centre de nos émotions. Sculptural dans sa forme, 13 000 Volts transforme la lumière en matière et rend hommage à l’intelligence qui éclaire l’humanité.

Tubes de néon
Socle noir, lumière rouge
L.36,5 × l.25 x H.50 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires

Amibes

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Comme un parasite, un organisme mutant, comme une revanche du vivant sur l’industrie.

Fibre de verre et résine polyester laquée et vernie
S : L.46 × l.46 x H.53 cm
L : L.61 × l.64 x H.80 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires

Bolean

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Le vase Bolean repose sur un principe constructif, des opérations d’enlèvement de matières, une micro-architecture mécanique.

Corian©
L.60 × l.9,8 x H.22,8 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires

Bone Ductal©

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Bone Ductal© est une évolution de son frère en marbre.
Convoquer l’intemporel, aspirer à la méditation, le Bone se joue des archétypes, à mi-chemin entre l’appui-tête asiatique et le torii japonais. Ce siège à l’architecture simple et évidente dissimule la complexité de sa structure.

Béton fibré Ductal© et chêne
Gris clair, gris foncé ou blanc crème
L.53,5 × l.28,8 cm x H.30,5 cm
Édition limitée à 50 exemplaires par couleur

Compose-it

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Entre art pictural et ikebana, le vase Compose-it brouille le cadre de la perception et convie chacun à créer sa toile de maître.

Vase en porcelaine et structure en acier laquée d’une peinture polyuréthane
Blanc, gris anthracite et rose
L.45 × l.22 x H.60 cm
Édition limitée à 50 exemplaires par couleur

Darwin

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

La série de vase précieux réalisés en bronze Darwin nous raconte l’histoire du vivant en trois stades d’évolution, de la division cellulaire à la plénitude.

Bronze patiné mine de plomb glacé et dégradé
S : L.8 × l.22,7 x H.14 cm
M : L.25 × l.25 x H.27 cm
L : L.129 × l.24 x H.39 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires

Fast

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

L’archétype d’un vase Ming figé dans son accélération numérique.

Corian©
Blanc « Glacier » et noir « Nocturne »
L.30 x H.35 cm
Édition limitée à 25 exemplaires en noir et 50 exemplaires en blanc

Hyper Fast

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

L’archétype d’un vase Ming figé dans son accélération numérique.
La laque chromé renforce l’effet de vitesse.

Corian laqué
Chrome, chrome rubis, or et rose
L.30 x H.35 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires par couleur

Gravity

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Être libéré du joug de l’attraction terrestre, faire l’expérience de la lévitation, se saouler du vide… Quelque chose nous pèse et la fascination de l’équilibre nous déleste.

Châssis aluminium, structure CP aviation, LEDs
Essence du bois : sur demande, vernis ultra mat
L.106 × l.4,5 x H.9 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires

La Chose

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

La Chose est la mutation audacieuse d’un gène animal en assise contemporaine.

Fibre de verre et résine polyester laquée et vernie
Chrome, chrome rubis et or
L.36,6 × l.50,3 x H.43 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires par couleur

Rhizome

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

Composée de trois plateaux ramifiés autour d’un noeud de convivialité qui se projette dans le vide, la table Rhizome est une sculpture spatiale aux formes biomorphiques, dotée d’une géométrie spectaculaire et dynamique.

Fibre de verre et résine polyester laquée d’une peinture polyuréthane grise et vernie
L.200 × l.95 x H.52 cm
Édition limitée à 12 exemplaires

Flèche

YMER&MALTA / Cédric Ragot

La table Flèche s’impose par sa structure polymorphe.
Cette sculpture figurative composée de deux plans reliés, en tension, libère une énergie ascentionnelle.

Plateau en Corian « Glacier White », structure en multiplis de noyer d’Amérique
L.54 × l.35 x H.40 cm
Édition numérotée

DESSINS COLLECTION

The series Tuberose Absolute is the result of a slow, progressive and patient improvisation. In terms of method, the drawings are defined by an absence of planning, the exclusion of any mental view of the finished product. “As they are being drawn, my eyes focus on one little surface at a time, exploring the evolution of the trace, without retreating, nor presuming to know the whole. I refuse any preliminary composition: when finished, the drawing becomes a graphic material in expansion.”
Sylvain Rieu-Piquet

Absolu Tuberose 01

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.210 × L.300cm

Absolu Tuberose 02

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.185 × L.185cm

Absolu Tuberose 03

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.270 × L.150cm

Absolu Tuberose 04

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.150 × L.150cm

Absolu Tuberose 05

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.150 × L.150cm

Absolu Tuberose 06

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.152 × L.92cm

Absolu Tuberose 07

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Dyptyque

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.152 × L.92cm (Chaque tableau)

Absolu Tuberose 08

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.152 × L.92cm

Absolu Tuberose 09

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Absolu Tuberose 10

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.80 × L.50cm

Absolu Tuberose 11

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Absolu Tuberose 12

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Absolu Tuberose 13

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
D.90cm

Absolu Tuberose 14

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
D.150cm

Absolu Tuberose 15

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
D.150cm

Absolu Tuberose 16

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
D.150cm

Eau 01

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.150 × L.200cm

Eau 02

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Eau 03

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Eau 04

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.80 × L.50cm

Relief 01

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
2 layers
H.90 × L.120cm

Relief 02

Silvain Rieu-Piquet

Ink on mylar
1 layer
H.90 × L.120cm

EXHIBITIONS

AKARI UNFOLDED: A COLLECTION BY YMER&MALTA

The Noguchi Museum

New York / US

2018 / 2019

The present project, YMER&MALTA’s first to reach outside French craft, came out of a 2016 visit to The Noguchi Museum during which Maltaverne decided to apply her model to Akari. The challenge was to see whether she might, treating Akari as the tradition, extend its fundamental alchemies into the future.
Ultimately, YMER&MALTA’s modest plan to produce six designs with Akari principles developed into a massively complex international collaboration with six designers, and artisans in more than 20 different disciplines. Overcoming many technical hurdles, they pushed linen, metal, resin, Plexiglas, concrete, and paper in new directions and produced twenty-nine light fixtures — which now join the radiant, ever-expanding legacy of Noguchi’s Akari.

Dakin Hart
Senior Curator
The Noguchi Museum

YMER&MALTA / BENJAMIN GRAINDORGE

Together, Valérie Maltaverne and Benjamin Graindorge assemble their constellations of ideas. For ten years they have been inventing new creative processes, in which design, subject matter, materials, techniques, and technological innovations come together. These two creators, as shy as they are bold, have together formed a vast creative heritage, a unique abstract vocabulary of shapes and techniques, landscapes and voyages.Their intellectual and artistic intimacy is expressed through words, lines, and emotions.
Benjamin Graindorge and YMER&MALTA represent an encounter, a new landscape in the world of contemporary design, an intimate landscape in search of the impossible accuracy of words, a landscape in the making.

Cloé Pitiot
Curator of the Design Department of the Musée National d’Art Moderne
Centre Pompidou, Paris

FROM FASHION TO DESIGN, IS THERE A FRENCH TOUCH?

Le French Design - ICFF / VIA

New-York / US

2018

Valérie Maltaverne gave a presentation highlighting the parallels between YMER&MALTA and the work of French Haute-Couture houses, acknowledging how much of our French heritage is present in the creations of her design studio.
A long and meticulous working process, involving precious materials and traditional savoir-faire as well as innovative technologies, unite both professions as they seek to reach a level of excellence that turns their production into works of art.

OUI DESIGN

La directrice d’YMER&MALTA, Valérie Maltaverne, a donné une présentation au Musée Cooper Hewitt sur la philosophie et les méthodes du studio et a présenté sa dernière collection « Feu de tout bois » : la marqueterie revisitée.

HABITER

Benjamin Graindorge’s first solo show in a cultural institution, “Habiter” presents fifteen pieces produced by YMER&MALTA, between 2009 and 2016, including two new pieces that are being shown for the first time and that will be acquired by the city of Beauvais for its collection.

MARQUETRY: SLEEPING BEAUTY

YMER&MALTA

Paris / France

2014

After giving marble and leather a certain contemporary nobility, YMER&MALTA and its team of designers turned to a technique that is part of the grand tradition of French craftsmanship, marquetry.

Yet again, Valérie Maltaverne played the expert role of producer by choosing the artisans – carpenters, cabinet-makers, marketers, varnishers – as well as the types of wood and varnish to suit each project. The dialogue between the designers and the artisans was one of the keys to the success of this unique enterprise due to the extreme complexity of the subject.

Nevertheless, it is not a question of creating or recreating 18th century masterpieces, and just creating contemporary motifs in marquetry, but to really take a new and appropriate path toward a form of craftsmanship and expression that has been reduced to copies of antiques or restoration work. Throughout the long, drawn-out process, the way solutions were found led to the essence of what YMER&MALTA is all about, a human and technical adventure to create timeless pieces with a strong identity that respect the truth of the material and craft with impeccable results.

HISTOIRE D’ARBRES / TREE STORIES

MUSEE D’ART ET D’HISTOIRE LOUIS SENLECQ

Forêt de L’Isle-Adam / France

2012

The forest is a common dream space, but above all it is a space that is managed, and its history is thus intricately intertwined with its relationship with man. Located on the edge of the forest at L’Isle-Adam, the musée d’Art et d’Histoire Louis Senlecq wanted to question the forest’s ecological, economic, social and metaphorical functions, from the perspective of representation and use.

The forest is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, and in particular the human activities that take place there that are evoked in the paintings and engravings in the museum’s collections. The exhibition also presents paintings borrowed from some of France’s biggest public collections: musée d’Orsay, château de Versailles, musée des Beaux-arts de Rouen, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Archives nationales de France.

Contemporary design is centre stage with pieces by Eva Jospin, YMER&MALTA/Benjamin Graindorge, Frédérique Morrel and paintings by Arthur Aillaud, that reveal their fascination for the woodlands and the ambiguity of man’s relationship with the forest.

SKIN DEEP

YMER&MALTA

Paris / France

2012

À Fleur de Peau was the third exhibition presented by YMER&MALTA in 2012. Yet again, only one material was used, just like in the “Marbre Poids Plume” show, and Valérie Maltaverne gave free rein to five designers to come up with brave, poetic and inspired pieces. “I wanted to give the designers a free creative space that only one gallery provides”. So, there are no constraints, just the never-ending search for the perfect line and the use of leather as principal material.

Leather is an integral part of the “art de vivre”, a natural but luxurious material. It can be a symbol of strength and power but is also soft and sensual. It can be firm or silky to the touch, with a unique fragrance, a presence. Leather wears well over time, wrinkles, gains character. “I wanted a material that everyone agrees on. A material that is familiar but that presents the designers with some interesting perspectives” explains Valérie Maltaverne.

Through a series of objects and pieces of furniture, the designers A + A Cooren, Benjamin Graindorge, Sebastian Bergne, Normal Studio and Sylvain Rieu-Piquet give us their own interpretation of leather. Playing on feelings and contrasts in textures, colours, grains, but also flexible and hard, they explored the options available from leather as a material.

MORNING MIST

YMER&MALTA

Paris / France

2011

MorningMist was the first exclusive show of work by the tandem of Valérie Maltaverne and the French designer Benjamin Graindorge at YMER&MALTA.

Following YMER&MALTA’s usual “modus operandi”, Valérie Maltaverne gave each piece in the show to the expert hands of a master craftsman. For each piece, there were technical challenges, and a need to maintain the level of excellence without betraying the intention of the designer. The challenge was met with brio and rewarded with the addition of a number of pieces in the collection to public collections as prestigious as the Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the CNAP.

FEATHER LIGHT MARBLE

YMER&MALTA

Paris / France

2010

Feather Light Marble is the first of YMER&MALTA’s shows, presented in 2010.

The show incarnates the founding values of YMER&MALTA studio – innovation, elegance, timelessness – as well as being a veritable design manifesto. The founder Valérie Maltaverne brought together the best of the best in young French design to bring a contemporary perspective to marble as a material. The nobility of marble is uncontested, it was celebrated in ancient Greece before becoming the ornament of choice of majestic palaces. From Egyptian offering tables to consoles and small pedestals, the material lost some of its lustre in the 20th century.

Feather Light Marble uses the best artisans in marble, but also the most advanced digital technology. This leads to soft, light curves, undulating hard stone that does away with the usual clichés.

Acquisitions

fallenTree

The fallenTree bench, part of the Morning Mist collection, has been acquired by the Centre Georges Pompidou.

cloudInChest

CloudInChest, part of the Sleeping Beauty collection, has been unanimously chosen by the Cercle du Design 20/21 of the Decorative Arts to join the permanent collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts of Paris.

morningMist

The light sculpture morningMist, part of the eponymous collection, has been acquired by the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute.
It has also been exhibited at the international festival Design Parade in 2011 and at the National Museum of Tapestry of Beauvais during the “Habiter“ exhibition in 2016.
MorningMist is also part of the CNAP’s collection.

stillLifePoiësis

The sculpture-vase stillLifePoiësis, part of the Morning Mist collection, has been acquired by the city of Beauvais.

ikebanaMedulla

The sculpture-vase ikebanaMedulla, part of the Morning Mist collection, has been acquired by the Museum of Decorative Arts of Paris.
It is also referenced in Dominique Forest’ “L’Art du Design“, Citadelles & Mazenod, 2014.

cristalCane

The cristalCane sculpture, part of the Morning Mist collection, has been acquired by the CNAP (National Centre for the Plastic Arts).
It has also been exhibited at the National Museum of Tapestry of Beauvais during the “Habiter“ exhibition in 2016.

morningMist

The light sculpture morningMist, part of the eponymous collection, has been acquired by the CNAP (National Centre for the Plastic Arts).
It has also been exhibited at the international festival Design Parade in 2011 and at the National Museum of Tapestry of Beauvais during the “Habiter“ exhibition in 2016.
MorningMist is also part of the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute’s collection.

Disamare

The Disamare shelves, parts of the Feather Light Marble collection, have been acquired by the CNAP (National Centre for the Plastic Arts).

Vacuum

The Vacuum cup, part of the Feather Light Marble collection, has been acquired by the CNAP (National Centre for the Plastic Arts).

Void

The Void stool, part of the Feather Light Marble collection, has been acquired by the CNAP (National Centre for the Plastic Arts).

Stripes

The Stripes shelf, part of the Illusions collection, has been acquired by the Museum of Decorative Arts of Paris.

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