inspiration overload encore: manon gignoux’s paris studio…
Posted in artists, handmade, interiors, paris September 29th, 2009 by pia


This is a gorgeous article from World of Interiors that I have had on my moodboard for well over a year now, I’ve been meaning to show you for that long! Aren’t I lazy (don’t answer that). Oh yes I remember why I didn’t show you earlier – it’s because I was hoping to shoot Manon’s studio as part of Paris: Made By Hand! But after a chat with Manon we found out that her atelier is not open to the public, and that is very important for the Made By Hand concept. So then I tried to find Manon’s work in Paris so that I could at least include her pieces, but to no avail. Her work was nowhere to be found in Paris at the time. I was very sad as I adore her creations and philosophy, and wanted to photograph her space and her work. I hope one day I have the opportunity to do so, but in the meantime let’s take a look at these beautiful photographs by Eric Morin for World of Interiors


Manon creates fabric sculptures, dressed household objects, clothes and accessories.  Every single piece is unique and exquisite…


She uses uniforms from early 20th century workmen and women, and her textile collection is, well, c’est à mourir (to-die-for)…


Manon’s studio is part of a residents for artists. Her kitchen is full of lovely old crockery, all on display, and the back wall is covered in peony wallpaper which she found at a brocante


And then, as if Eric Morin (sorry I cannot find any website for his work) did not already whet our appetite for  inspiration, I just found this incredible story of images by Japanese photographer Makiko Takehara (again, no online portfolio)who recently photographed Manon and her Paris studio for Japanese fashion magazine so-en. Take a deep breath and hold it tight, because what you are about to see will indeed, take your breath away…




Are you still with me? My heart did ten double backflips when I first saw these images, with thanks to mady dooijes of abundance – a textile designer herself who authors a beautiful blog filled with inspiration. From there I went on a rather erratic wander – running to a number of dead ends in search of the original shots and more information. Alas, here are the images, but no more information than I have already offered. Manon and her work remains a beautiful mystery, one that you may cross if you are in the right place, at the right time.  Let’s hope for this moment…


To see more of Manon Gignoux’s work, please click here.

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  1. isabelle says

    I love it … thanks for the link

    September 30th, 2009 | #

  2. Ann Marie says

    what makes it so beautiful is that it’s all so simple…a reminder that i don’t need to feel like i need to have everything i see/find. i admire her oh so much for her ability to make little things beautiful.

    September 30th, 2009 | #

  3. Inka says

    I adore her work, it’s so amazing! Could you please tell me in which number of World of Interiors that article is, so I could maybe try to find a copy for myself 🙂

    September 30th, 2009 | #

  4. pia says

    Hi Inka, I’m not sure which WoI it is in but I know it was featured in 2007, I hope this helps!

    Ann Marie – I totally agree.

    isabelle- no worries.


    September 30th, 2009 | #

  5. Jen Jafarzadeh says

    absolutely blown away. goose bumps. oh to be in such a space on daily basis. amazing, thanks pia!

    September 30th, 2009 | #

  6. Anairam says

    Absolutely fantastic! I love the designs, the faded colours, everything about it!

    September 30th, 2009 | #

  7. mlle paradis says

    Hi Pia, I’m one of the legions who love you work (and your soundscapes). Di Overton did a post over at Designer’s Block on August 8 about FEW and FAR in London and Manon’s clothes are sold there – she shows some. FEW and FAR is v. special, I bought some speckled turquoise plates from there. I think Priscilla Carluccio also used to be the Conran Shops head buyer and did their visual merchandising. She’s a very unique talent. So glad she’s finally able to shine on her own.

    October 1st, 2009 | #

  8. Cindy says

    So amazing!
    It might be the Feb 08 issue, according to this…
    Thanks for so much inspiration, Pia!

    October 1st, 2009 | #

  9. mlle paradis says

    oops Di’s post about Manon and Few and Far was August 8, 2008. for those london bound, now you know.

    October 1st, 2009 | #

  10. Danielle says

    ahhhh! nearly having a heart attack from inspiration overload! to.die.for. xoxo

    October 1st, 2009 | #

  11. Gigi says

    I was just going to say that I’m blown away, but someone else has said it above. It’s true, though; I am. Thanks for sharing all this. I’m always inspired when I visit your blog. xo

    October 1st, 2009 | #

  12. mady dooijes says

    dank je wel for the link pia- manon and her work remains a beautiful mystery indeed. i absolutly adore her work, i love it that her work retains the memory of their original use.

    October 1st, 2009 | #

  13. Inka says

    Pia and Cindy, Thanks for your help – now I know which magazine I’m hunting 🙂

    October 1st, 2009 | #

  14. vintage simple says

    Manon’s studio is very inspiring…and I’m madly in love with her kitchen. Madly, I tell you… Thanks for sharing these photos, Pia.

    October 1st, 2009 | #

  15. beauty comma says

    oh, i love the fabric sculptures, they’re fantastic, plus the coat… and her website looks really beautiful. just the thing to peruse when one has a cold and is sporting a scarf and red nose =(
    have a lovely weekend pia!

    October 1st, 2009 | #

  16. Maia says

    THese are stunning, and the mood of the photos is gorgeous. What a magical place.

    October 2nd, 2009 | #

  17. ginnybranch says

    where have i been? oh my… she is definitely one of my new favorites! thank you for introducing her to me!

    p.s your photography is so beautiful it makes me ache.

    October 3rd, 2009 | #

  18. Holly-UK says

    oh my god!!! so amazing!!!! just the exact style i love!!! wow breath takingly beautiful and ssooooooooooooooooo Inspiring!!!! thankyou sooooooo much for shring these xxx

    October 3rd, 2009 | #

  19. liane says

    I was so in meed of that! sometimes i search the web for something exquisite. knowing it’s out there i just need to locate it! manon’s space is so wonderful and her work is evocative. the way she manipulates the beautiful textiles. wow.

    October 4th, 2009 | #

  20. wecouldgrowup2gether says

    i’m overwhelmed and have gone to heaven just looking at those

    October 10th, 2009 | #

  21. deb says

    So incredibly beautiful and inspiring – à tomber par terre. Merci!

    October 10th, 2009 | #

  22. melissa says

    i just found your blog (that i really love!), and i wish i had known about your book before i went on my paris holiday earlier this year! i am definitely going to get your book and hopefully be able to go back to paris next year.

    November 6th, 2009 | #

  23. De Beaux souvenirs says

    So long ago I had not seen such a wonderful work ! thank you for this meeting.

    January 6th, 2010 | #

  24. Erica Berman says

    Dear Pia, Thanks so much for your lovely blog. I adore your photos and they inspire me daily. I just ordered your book and my mom is going to bring it to me here in Paris from the US. I can’t wait to start checking out all the shops! A bientot Pia – Erica

    February 10th, 2010 | #

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