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    With RoomDefining Chairs and Playful Plates Londons Shoopy Studio Is One to Watch

    With Room-Defining Chairs and Playful Plates, Shoopy Studio Is One to Watch

    Photo: Danny Kasirye

    Laetitia Rouget and her fiancé Nick Von Christierson share an affinity for late nights. One evening, Von Christierson drilled a hole in their rental apartment’s handrail and potted a plant in it. When the two reupholstered their first chair, it was around 4 a.m. on a weeknight. Despite offices at which they needed to appear early the next morning, their mutual energy for projects after dark inspired Rouget’s business—as well as their upcoming marriage.

    Paris-born Rouget is not someone who woke up one day after art school and decided to build a company. Working for years at a textiles supplier with clients like Sandro and Zara meant long hours during which a large portion of her time was spent meeting fabric makers who allowed her to pick and choose from an endless supply of trimming samples. “In fashion, things get thrown out...I’d go home with big bags of old materials, things nobody wanted.” The samples acquired during her corporate jobs are what supplied materials for Shoopy Studios’ first chair. Rouget also attributes a large source of confidence to pursue her art more seriously to Von Christierson, her “male muse.” (Shoopy is his pet name.) She made her first big sale of artwork to The Student Hotel in Amsterdam about a year ago, and has focused full time on her own work since.

    Rouget’s East London apartment is part art storage space, but she works on paintings, ceramics, and furniture at a nearby studio. Though she grew up around plates—her parents are porcelain manufacturers—Rouget’s work takes a fresh look at home accessories with exclusively one-of-a-kind pieces, all funky with a chic French refinement. The Shoopy Studio upcycled chairs are boldly busy; trimmings, painted stripes, and textiles from her travels make them a unique breed. The playful work of Shoopy Studio is a reflection of Rouget’s infectiously positive energy. On a recent tour of her creative space, she ran excitedly downstairs to display the painting that first inspired her signature plates. The original work is a black and white piece with a medley of human shapes; its Robert Crumb undertones don’t immediately translate to the sweet, slightly kitsch round bottoms that feature on her ceramic plates, but she explains that they're meant to be approachable, both aesthetically and in regards to affordability. “I don’t want to sell all things that nobody can afford to buy. The plates are kind of like things for everyone.”

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