To celebrate Clerkenwell Design week we thought we would share with you an interview with one of the designers from OCHRE, Solenne de la Fouchardiere For those not familiar, OCHRE specialises in beautiful designs for furniture, lighting and accessories for the interior. Their designs place equal importance on harmonious proportions, luxurious materials and matchless craftsmanship.
British designers Joanna Bibby and Harriet Maxwell Macdonald, founded OCHRE in 1996. Solenne became the third partner and fellow designer four years later.
Here Solenne talks to us about her inspirations.
When did you realise you had a passion for design? When I was 13, I originally wanted to be a fashion designer but quickly realised it wasn’t for me. I trained as a theatre designer in London and then discovered a passion for furniture whilst being asked to produce a dining table at the National Theatre. I realised that it bothered me working all over and not finishing the product completely. After that, I focused on furniture and lighting.
Where do your inspirations come from? To design Ochre products, it is a collaboration with my business partners Joanna Bibby and Harriet Maxwell Macdonald. Our inspiration come from textures mainly. We get excited in using and mixing raw materials and true shapes.
What has been the highlight of your career so far? The highlights have been first of all to become a recognised design company but also to have opened showrooms in London and New York.
What famous designers do you admire/inspires you the most? My favourite designers are Alex Vervoordt, Oliver Gustav, Thomas Heatherwick
What words would you use to describe yourself? Passionate, determined, straight forward, faithful, and positive
What 5 things couldn't you live without? I don’t get too attached to my belongings so there is nothing I can’t separate myself from. However I would be upset to lose some of my art work and precious jewellery.
Where do you like to shop for your home? The flee markets and abroad. I like to find something with a soul. And to bring something back from my travels. If I buy new it would have to be Ochre, the rest has to be second hand or made for me.
What does the future hold for Ochre? Hopefully our work will carry on to be noticed worldwide, and further afield. We are also looking forward to spending time designing more things and broaden our collection to other type of products.
Images 1 & 2 are taken by Ditte isager. Images 3, 4 & 5 are taken by Stephen Clement.