Designer of the day: Rainville Sangaré – SURFACE


Here we ask designers to take a selfie and give us a glimpse into their lives.

Age: 35 (Lambert) and 34 (Nicolas).

Occupation: Industrial designers.

Instagram: @rainvillesangare

Hometown: Montreal.

Workshop location: Montreal.

Describe what you do: Rainville Sangaré collaborates with local industry to bring vibrant interiors, carefully designed furniture and coveted products to life. For us, every detail matters.

The most important thing you have ever designed: One of the many projects we are proud of is the design of Bibiko, a restaurant here in Montreal. In partnership with the restaurateur, we have developed a vision of design that embodies what Montreal is: a dynamic coexistence of cultures. Surprisingly, Bibiko is also located in our beloved neighborhood, the Mile-End.

Describe the problem your work solves: Each project is focused on understanding the client’s needs. We then develop a targeted approach combining avant-garde design and sustainability to best serve each client.

Describe the project you are currently working on: We are simultaneously opening two new concept stores with our beloved client Quartz Co. One will be in Montreal and the other in Toronto.

A new or upcoming project that we should know about: We are very fortunate to work with Canadian furniture and home furnishings manufacturer and retailer EQ3. We believe our new collaborative collection of Biau benches and stools, launched this summer, has a timeless appeal rooted in contemporary language. We’re excited to see how EQ3 customers will react to the parts.

What you absolutely must have in your studio: Music is a must! We were a DJ duo as industrial design students and are both passionate about music.

What you do when you’re not working: We spend most of the time with our families. Outdoor activities are a must with kids – you have to expend that energy!

Sources of creative envy: Aino and Alvar Aalto.

The distraction you want to eliminate: Emails.

Concrete or marble? Concrete.

Building or townhouse? Average size, like in Paris or Barcelona.

Remember or forget? Remember.

Aliens or ghosts? Ghosts.

Dark or light? Dark. There’s a joke in the office that Lambert never turns on the lights.

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