Born-and-bred Parisienne Emily comes from a long line of successful, hard-working creatives – most famously her aunt Isabel, whose eponymous label continues to define Parisian chic. After graduating, a stint curating the shop at Musée Maillol provided an epiphany, and aged 27, she founded her creative agency Studio Marant. The collab-happy laboratory’s projects have since hopped genres, drawing on emerging talents for its productions – be it staging Sonia Rykiel’s 50th anniversary or creating pop-up boutiques and capsule collections. Together with Hugo Matha, she’s now launched French Cliché, a roving gallery and label with a Paris base that turns icons of French culture into witty, limited-edition interiors objects: think ceramic croissants reappropriated as teapots.
Tell us about French Cliché?
It’s a project built around the French artistic scene. We source emerging talent and create unexpected collaborations between creatives and craftsmen. Those encounters give birth to objects and collectible design pieces inspired by French culture.
Your Mkrs. selection?
Maeght Gallery Poster: the Maeght Foundation in Saint Paul de Vence is probably one of my favourite places in the world. My grandmother used to take me there and after visiting the exhibition we would sit by Pol Bury's fountain and enjoy a pain bagnat. The Kingdom Up My Nose: I absolutely adore Supereditions and have worked quite a few times with Marie de Crecy. The drawing books invite you to create your own version of a story; a good exercise to get creative! Balthus's Ashtray: I am a big fan of We Do Not Work Alone. They do a great job of making artist objects playful and useful. This particular object has been on my wishlist for years, as I also really admire Katerina Jebb's work. This object contains many stories.
Three go-to shops in Paris?
Charlotte Chesnais has a really lovely store in the 1st arrondissement and her jewellery collections are amazing. Whenever I want to offer a small gift, I stop by Buly. It's always worth checking out Yvon Lambert's bookshop, they have exhibitions and great art books. Plus one extra: the new Bourse du Commerce – Pinault Collectionis right in the heart of Paris, for a little culture and great books!