Steven Leprizé

Craftsman, inventor

June–August 2022

Steven working in his studio smiling

Thierry Caron

Steven working in his studio

Thierry Caron

  • Craft & Design
  • Cities
  • New York
"I was lucky enough to learn the old trade of cabinetmaking at a very young age, based on notions that cast light on the way I work today: a deep respect for tradition, mastery of time-honored techniques combined with an open mind"
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My adventure in craftsmanship began in my childhood, within my family. I was lucky enough to learn the old trade of cabinetmaking at a very young age, based on notions that cast light on the way I work today: a deep respect for tradition, mastery of time-honored techniques combined with an open mind, and a probing outlook on all that surrounds us.

 

After receiving training in construction, then in cabinetmaking and furniture restoration, I discovered drawing, creation, design, and modern art, and I graduated—top of my year group—from the École Boulle art and design school in 2008.

 

In 2009, I founded ARCA, a workshop in furniture research and creation. I have won many competitions for my innovations, including the Prix pour l’intelligence de la main from Fondation Bettencourt Schueller—a prestigious craftsmanship award. Today, I take great pleasure in communicating my passion to my young team and through teaching, focusing on a wide range of skills, including furniture restoration, lacquering, solid surfaces, recycled materials, metals, plastic or concrete 3D printing, 3D modeling, the development of biodegradable matter, and expertise in automatons.

The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation is supporting Steven Leprizé's residency, as sponsors of 'Design and Craft' Villa Albertine residencies.

 

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Bettencourt Schueller Foundation

As a family foundation and a public-interest foundation at the same time, the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller has chosen to “take talents to the top” to contribute to France’s success and influence. To this end, the Foundation seeks, selects, supports and promotes women and men who are rethinking our future in three fields that make a tangible difference to the common good: life sciences, the arts and an inclusive society. The Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation and Villa Albertine have committed to a bold five-year plan to promote French artists and designers in the United States, while helping new residents travel to French villas all over the world. The Foundation is a founding patron of this residency program, which aligns with the philanthropic mission it has promoted for the past 20 years in support of artistic professions.

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Ecole Boulle

Ecole Boulle is an internationally-renowned educational institution whose name is synonymous with expertise, cultural heritage and high standards, and whose courses are a reference. The school is highly reputed in the field of artistic craftsmanship, and also for the excellence of its design cursus. The staff’s cross - design and crafts - perspective on teaching guarantees continuous innovation in their professional practice.

 

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Industry City + WantedDesign International Residency

WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large. Founded in New York City in 2011 by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, WantedDesign has established itself as a constant and staunch supporter of both American and international design through events, conversations, and international partnerships.  

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