(jiří macek) The installation of the French designer formation of 5.5 designers took our breath away in Milan this year. I have no idea why we did not write about it at that time. When sunbathing by a pond yesterday, I recalled it very well. The reason may be that I saw balloons on strings.
5.5 are Vincent Baranger, Jean-Sébastien Blanc, Anthony Lebossé, and Claire Renard, i.e. a quartet with the 1980/8 date of birth. At that time, the wave of New Romanticism peaked in London. However, it had no impact on 5.5., partly because they were too young and partly because the charm of 5.5 designers goes beyond all aestheticism and pathos. Below the exaggerated beauty of funfair balloons, their Milan installation played with the art of do-it-yourself and conjured tricks with the most common materials and objects. The naturalness, lightness, and optimism of their projects has quickly (in five years) resulted in their rapid popularity and collaboration with Veuve Clicquot, Rolland Garros, the furniture manufacturer of CoinCasaDesign, and the Grand prix de la creation award from the Paris city council. When browsing their collection for CoinCasaDesign, one can immediately see why this group of designers can be called new French stars. Even though they are only five and a half, their halfbacks play incredibly well. When they play, they also sing. The Tripla table lamp is a three-layer cake with three intensities of light. Lucio and Lucetta are glowing trees in flower pots and the Doppio Gioco collection with a limping table, which has two legs with a third one that constantly changes. In one word: beauty.
Doppio Gioco, CoinCasaDesign, design: 5,5 designers