A Well-Drawn Career
From the rigor of a background in accountancy to the hardness of the slate, the frontier is very thin for Benoît Delmé, who has converted his passion for this uncommon rock into a sustainable craft deeply rooted in the territory of the Montagne Noire, in Dourgnes.
Since the day he realized that slate had a great potential for decoration purposes, Benoît Delmé has been specializing in the production of bespoke kitchens, bathrooms, sinks and other basins entirely made from this very material, which requires a specific cutting technique.
Made in Metz. A graduate from the Institut de Commerce de Nancy (ICN Business School), where he attended a cross-disciplinary management program dedicated to the luxury industry, he initiated a study as part of his master’s thesis on the role of craftsmanship in this specific sector and its ability to contribute to the emergence of new production systems. It is when working at the Institut National des Métiers d’Art that he discovered the true wealth of the French heritage. He now wishes to educate the public about local know-how from all over the world and their cultural roots, through a selection of diverse projects in the fields of fashion, design and art.
Hugues Decointet, artist, was born in 1961. He lives and works in Montreuil, France.
Discovering a letter from Le Corbusier addressed to Albert Camus, in which the architect explained being "inhabited by the idea of a Boîte à Miracles [Miracle Box]", Hugues Decointet decides to interpret this schema which has for a long time been a part of his work.
This film was made for the Villa Kujoyama exhibition in partnership with Maison d'Exceptions/ Première Vision Paris 2019 with the generous contribution of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in hosting the shooting and the programme outside the walls. Villa Kujoyama is an establishment of the cultural cooperation network of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. It is part of the Institut Français of Japan and is supported by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, the main sponsor, and the Institut Français.