- Visually recycling common objects for interior design. An Akiko project.
Create new visual harmony and unity: this was the brief for the interior design project that Akiko, a French firm from Bordeaux, responded to with a visual approach.
The two designers started out by salvaging the existing furniture and introducing recycled items: wine crates behind the bed with painted pellets forming the base, and used on the opposite wall for storage and shelving. The bed head is visually accentuated by an unused curtain.
The same principle was used in the adjoining bathroom, marked by gentleness and nature and using a handful of elements, most of which were already there, revived and adapted with details like soft fabrics and restrained colours.
Mariama Diallo, graphic designer, and Sophie Bucherie, architect, call their approach “architectures plurielles”, or multiple architectures, going beyond just the interior décor of living spaces and retail premises. An approach aimed at understanding what the client wants and at reconfiguring locations.
The various Akiko projects are proof positive that massive resources are not necessary for harmonious creations. Everyday objects are attentively reinvented to become a symbol of visual and creative recycling, to the advantage of the environment and of the wallet.
Project: Akiko Sophie Bucherie + Mariama Diallo
Location: Bordeaux, France
Photos: Thomas Pannetier