French designer Martin Laforet was born in July 1991. Raised in Paris but now living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Laforet creates objects and furniture. His work does not follow any specific course of conduct, yet one can easily discover his overall use of techniques and interest in materials.
Inspired by artisan skills and the intelligence of the hand, his work ‘is an attempt to bring out the specific personality of materials and to produce original shapes.’ He searches for a means of self-expression inspired by his interest in shapes and material combinations, and he is fascinated by objects relating to sculpture, industry, and architecture.
Laforet’s first collection ‘The Mould Objects’ was created with moulds that were used both in the casting process and also incorporated into the final piece. ‘The interplay between the inverse mould and positive form lends a poetry to the industrial construction materials I use, which includes concrete, aluminium, wooden shuttering, and steel rebars.’
The objects created by Laforet are inspired by precast concrete blocks. Precast concrete is a construction product made by casting concrete in a reusable mould or form which is then cured in a controlled environment and transported to the construction site.
As with these precast blocks, ‘The Mould Objects’ were shaped both by their function and moulding constrains. This technique relates the objects to the domain of industry and architecture. The origins of the concrete blocks seem ambiguous; it can be difficult to discern if these blocks have been either made for the objects or have been collected on a building site.