The variety of Eric Benqué's projects can somehow be puzzling at first glance : luxurious properties alternate with collaborations with artisans in the french countryside, remote India or Africa... public commissions with more ephemeral experiments.
Every time though the central question is this of the adequacy to the context, and the position of Humans in this context - in the world.
HIs regular collaborations with architects (Marc Barani since 1997, Stéphane Paumier in 1999 and 2003, Atelier Berger-Anziutti in 2007) help him build a particular care for the spatial dimension within the design project. Furniture, interiors or exhibition design : all question the relationships between the objects and the space they take place in. They explore the encounter of voids and fulls, the meaning and consequences of the situation of objects within space.
Material and technical contexts also shape the project : in this paritcular care for the inner qualities of the materials the designer uses, in the obvious enjoyment with connections and joinery. The search for simple and comprehensible constructions, as in the "planches" serie presented in 2008 at the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, or lately the "traits d'union" collection at Galerie Mouvements Modernes show the constant care for an accurate proposal : acurrate in times and spaces. A quest for simplicity and harmony.
Eric Benqué was born in Paris in 1971
He graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in 1997.