Inside the studio of industrial designer Philippe Malouin

A man reclines on a light blue sofa in a studio.

The British-Canadian designer and member, who studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris and trained under Tom Dixon, opens his doors for an exclusive tour 

Words by Rosalind Jana     Photography by Phil Dunlop      Grooming by Marcia Lee      Set styling by Clare Piper       Tuesday 15 September, 2020.    Above image, from left: rubber chair for Salon 94 Design, 2019; 'Group' sofa for SCP, 2018

Lockdown fell at a fortuitous time for Philippe Malouin. Well, sort of. ‘Just before lockdown, we managed to move up all the stuff from downstairs,’ he says, describing his move into a new studio in Deborah House in London’s Hackney. ‘There was no organisation, no shelves… so I was in the middle of all these boxes on my own.’ 

The industrial designer, best known for his clean silhouettes and canny use of materials, was ready for the move. His previous studio – ‘very small, about half the size of this’ – was in the same building. There, he worked on many of the items he’s now best known for: lights, rugs, sofas, chairs, and art installations. Having trained at the Design Academy Eindhoven and the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris, Malouin went on to work for