Claiming a committed craft design, Beatrix Li-Chin Loos made herself known with Chut! Collections, a concept of decorative objects and small furniture made entirely from scraps in Alsace. The concept was born from the idea that a simple scrap of wood can be turned into a quiet new object, both ecological and aesthetic.
Her approach is part of the slow design movement. Advocate slowness in the face of frenzy. Produce less, but of better quality. Pieces that last, that we like to keep for a long time or even pass on. Timeless pieces. Use local, renewable, recycled and recyclable materials: wood, leather, carboard and glass. Manufacture locally with ecological finishing products, in a closed circle. Consider the object and its making as a whole.
From simple and geometric forms like the circle, Beatrix Li-Chin Loos likes to work in superposition, marry the raw and the finish. She has fun creating intriguing surfaces. The so-called poor materials are ennobled. Up-cycling yes, but with refinement and without any effect of fashion. The designer wants to breathe a soul into the object, and thus gives an emotional value to her creations.
Insisting on well-done work, each piece is the fruit of a long work of composition and confection. The result is a collection with a singular aesthetic, sculptural and full of poetry, inviting to contemplation. Slow design carefully crafted.
After having worked in the fashion industry in Paris, Beatrix Li-Chin Loos was involved for several years in the field of ecology. She then trained in cabinetmaking at École Boulle in Paris. By working wood, her favourite material, and promoting eco-design, she finally found her way: to combine creative and artistic work with an ecological dimension.
Beatrix Li-Chin Loos, born in Germany of Taiwanese and German origin, lives and works in Strasbourg.
What made you want to become a designer?
From my early youth, I have felt a need to create. Being self-taught I made clothing, objects and even furniture. When a teenager, I discovered ecology. By working wood, my favourite material, and promoting eco-design, I finally found my way: combine creative and artistic work with engagement in ecology.
Do you have a preferred material? If so, which one? Is it related to a particular meeting or event?
Wood, the perfect ecological material.
What type of product do you design?
I rather create decorative objects such as vases. This is due to the fact that with scraps it is difficult to make bigger pieces ... Sometimes it's a little bit frustrating. But finally, I saw an advantage there. A small object can have a great effect!
The starting point of your creations? (the material, the shape, a particular desire?)
The scraps or the materials that I collect and their specificity (size, shape and quantity) are the starting point of my creations. They determine their shape and typology.
What would have been your job if you had not been a designer?
A winemaker maybe. I love wine, it's my second passion et finally a creative job as well.
A maxim, a saying to share?