Laurène Guarneri is a French designer based in Paris.
After obtaining her master's degree from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris-Cergy, which dealt with light and shadow, she decided to create her own mirror brand in 2018. Pieces that she designs and manufactures in her workshop at l'Orfévrerie, Saint-Denis.
The brand advocates a return to the sensitive and aims to create mirrors that are part of everyday life by bringing simplicity and poetry with them. The design draws its inspiration from a simple and refined aesthetic, stimulated by ephemeral moments of life, such as sunlight, sky colours, moments of rain... The gaze is turned towards the fleeting beauty of the present and tends to contemplation.
Each mirror is handcrafted and bears a personal imprint in its cut-out and aesthetics, giving each one a unique value.
What made you want to become a designer?
I have always appreciated and observed the objects that surrounded me, questioning myself about their past productions and stories. They are sources of energy, emotions and reveries. I studied in the fine arts, which allowed me to develop this passion by learning skills and enriching my culture. And I discovered that there was as much pleasure in inventing them as in owning them.
Do you have a preferred material? If so, which one? Is it related to a particular event?
Glass is for me, whether it is simple, coloured or treated to be a mirror, a material that fascinates me, amazes the eye and questions me. There is something magical in its transparency, its reflections that allow for wonderful moments.
What inspires you every day?
What inspires me are moments of contemplation, of curious observations. Calm during a walk, a meditation. And also reading, especially poetry.
Self-publishing: a trend? a need? a necessity...?
It is a necessity to do with my hands, to remain on a human scale, to know and master each step. This makes it possible to develop many achievements.
What would have been your job if you hadn't been a designer?
I have always loved drawing. As a child, I saw myself as a draftswoman. My best friend and I used to make comics. It faded as we grew up, but my passion for graphic novels is still very much alive and I am building up a beautiful comic book library, which inspires me and gives me a lot of pleasure in my current projects.