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Linen designer furniture by Pauline Esparon: the poetry of the rustic


They grow on the rough, rocky cliffs des Pays de Caux and extend to the meadows of the Eure department: Flax flowers. Every year in June, wild and romantic Normandy is briefly immersed in a sea of ​​pale blue colors. The blooms Flax plant, from whose fibers the famous natural substance linen is made, only open a few days a year – and the individual flowers wither before sunset. After standing in the shadow of the cotton for a long time, she experienced sustainable linen fiber today increasingly its second bloom – and interweaves innovatively and artistically in the furniture and home textiles of the Norman Designer Pauline Esparon.

Linen designer furniture by Pauline Esparon
Bench from the “L’Ecoucheur” collection: With her innovative furniture designs, Pauline Esparon puts linen fiber in the focus of the international design scene. (Photo: Stéphane Ruchaud)

The comeback of the linen fiber: sustainable, robust and changeable

“C’est juin qui fait le lin” (Eng. Flax grows in June), says a Norman proverb. Who that Flax flower spectacle If you want to experience it yourself, it is best to plan a bike trip along the Veloroute du Lin: The 75-kilometer, almost car-free cycle path meanders through the hinterland of the Alabaster coast, from the small town of Pourville-sur-Mer to the cliffs of Fécamp.

The Upper Normandy has always been considered Main growing area of ​​the flax plant. Over 55% of the world’s flax production today comes from the region. The cultivation is much more sustainable than that of cotton: flax gets by without additional irrigation and without chemical herbicides. Harvesting and processing is done mechanically and also without chemicals.

Linen fields.  (Photo: Adobe Stock / Duverbaynes)
The harvest follows shortly after the flowering period in June: the flax plants are laid out in the fields for natural drying. (Photo: Adobe Stock / Duverbaynes)

Linen is particularly hard-wearing and therefore exceptionally long-lasting, by nature antibacterial and breathable – and extremely changeable. Its versatile field of application ranges from bed and table linen to clothing, care products and culinary specialties. The use for: Furniture.

Pauline Esparon: linen furniture with a regional message

The young French designer Pauline Esparon creates furniture and home textiles from linen and transforms the natural fiber into artful and at the same time lifelike design objects. She plays with the roughness and originality of the material and creates extraordinary pieces by unpolished beauty. Esparon is therefore increasingly becoming the focus of the Art and design scene: The renowned magazine Architectural Digest The Normanness recently voted one of the 100 best designers for 2021.

Pauline Esparon
The tapestry with flounces made of flax fibers shows how exciting linen can be: The multi-faceted mix of colors and textures creates an exciting look. (Photo: Stéphane Ruchaud)

Your “L’Ecoucheur” collection fulfills not only an aesthetic one, but also an aesthetic one sustainable order: In contrast to the conventional approach in Europe, in which 80 percent of the flax plants are combed, spun, woven and then reimported for final processing in China after the harvest, Pauline Esparon wants to draw attention to the paradox with her work and only relies on it regional production. Local know-how in Normandy is to be strengthened in cooperation with local craft businesses.

Raw, archaic, original: innovative design close to nature

The graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven into a dialogue with forgotten natural materials. Pauline Esparon collects Animal skeletons, Vegetables or stones and lets your imagination off Originality of the materials inspire.

Pauline Esparon
In dialogue with nature: Pauline Esparon is inspired by found objects such as wood, plants and vegetables. (Photo: Jonas Gorgen)

“My work always revolves around the term ‘raw’, a form of archaism.”

Pauline Esparon

In doing so, she tries less to transform things; rather than rediscovering them and theirs Basic state to be preserved before standardization by the industry. She describes her approach as “empirical, intuitive and rustic”: The trained designer with stations in Paris, London and Lausanne joins the Dialogue with the matter and lifts them out of their indolence to a new level of themselves.


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