When did you realise you had become a blacksmith?
When, after a year working as a trainee, Philippe Naegele asked me to choose my hammer. It was a great moment! I chose the head that I liked the most, with the most comfortable weight for my body. Then I sculpted the wooden handle for my hand, and my hammer was born.
What is so special about working in a forge?
I like the challenge of trying things that I have never tried before. Another important aspect is having human contact with the client. But the most important of all is the sound of my hammer swinging on the anvil, the darkness around the fire, and the smell of the charcoal...
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How do you combine your design skills with craftsmanship?
I use my design skills to be innovative, while maintaining traditional blacksmithing techniques. Innovation also comes from using new materials, contemporary shapes and new techniques mixed with traditional ones.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I collect books on various topics and I closely follow the contemporary design scene. But the main thing for me is the story behind the objects: how we will interact with them, how they will create an atmosphere or a dialogue, or give an experience to the people around them.