Biography

Winner of the Villa Medicis hors les Murs prize in 2003, of the Grand Prix du Design de Paris in 2004, of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs contest, « Créateur de l’ Année » at the Salon du Meuble-Paris in 2009, François Azambourg has participated in numerous shows around the world exhibiting projects for the most prestigious editors including Capellini, Hermès, Domeau & Pérès, Poltrona Frau, Ligne Roset/Cinna, just to name a few. His work has also been exhibited at Gallery R’ Pure in New York since 2010.

Azambourg is oriented towards simplicity and lightness. In 1985, this resulted in him winning the Musée des Arts Décoratifs competition with a coffee pot made entirely of paper.
His work is characterized by his capacity to break completely down the materiality of an object in regards to its function. For ten years, in collaboration with Selmer and IRCAM and sponsored by the Fondation de France and the French Ministry of Culture, Azambourg researched ways of improving the technology and ergonomics of the saxophone, seeking to make it lighter and more energy efficient.

Hence, the search for lightness and economy of materials and processes remains a consistent theme throughout Azambourg designs. From metal-foam chairs to frothy vertical explosions of optical fibers, his work, blurring borders between the delicate and industrial, has resulted in several patents and numerous prizes.

For the past 20 years, Azambourg has shared his unique approach to design teaching in the most prestigious Arts and Industrial Design schools in France including Ecole Boulle, Camondo (Les Arts Décoratifs) and currently at ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris. During those years, his work has been the subject of several exhibitions around the world, including the Festhalle Frankfurt, Milano Salone del Mobile, Maison & Objet, Designer’s Days, the Villa Noailles, Palais de Tokyo/Paris Museum of Modern Art, etc.