The Meander Visits VLF
On the outskirts of Paris, we visited Thomas Cristiani and Antoine Roux at their art and design studio, VLF. We were greeted with pastries and explored their space.
Photographs by Fraser Stanley
How did VLF come about?
We met in 2005 at school and starting working together. VLF was created around 2008, as the association of artworks and design projects we were making together.
Why did you decide to split your work between design and conceptual art projects?
As graphic design students we used to fill our school projects with experimentations and small sculptures. As fine art students we also enjoyed designing our own exhibition posters… The difference between the two disciplines came with commissioned works.
VLF-Design mostly focuses on print. What do you think about the role of print media in today's internet-dominated world?
Art has always been close to print, from the exhibition catalogue and poster, to the use of paper and writing in conceptual art. Print media is constantly evolving but we think there is still place for it as a permanent/definitive object, like a sculpture or a painting can be. It allows the designer/author to stop his work at some particular time.
The internet already has a huge influence on printed objects and we are very interested in new possibilities in edition, like e-paper, that could free designers' thinking of more elaborated ways to represent a concept.
What are you working on at the moment? I understand you guys went on a vacation recently?
We did have good and necessary holidays this summer! We are now focusing on a few main projects, such as the identity of a young Parisian gallery (where we also exhibit as artists), a new magazine (we're keeping this secret for the moment) and our next solo show in 2013.