- Current Location: Nancy, France
Zim&Zou are two french artists, based in Nancy. The duo is composed of Lucie THOMAS, born in the Vosges in 1987, and Thibault ZIMMERMANN, born in Paris in 1986. They studied graphic design (design, publishing, advertising) during three years. They decided to focus on installations using handcrafted objects made out of tangible materials such as paper, wood, thread, etc... rolling away from computer design. Anchored in craftsmanship, they create all the elements composing their installations by hand, from drawing to cutting and assembling. Their favorite material is the paper they’re cutting, folding and gluing to give rise to intricate and colorful sculptures. Paper inspires them for its versatility, infinite range of colors and unique textures. The flat sheets turned into volume are giving an installation the poetry of ephemeral material. Zim&Zou’s strength is to be a complementary and polyvalent duo.
Project 1 of 3
Back to Basics
At first, this personal project is a tribute to vintage electronics which marked the technological evolution of the last years, and all the nostalgia of the memories that each has with them. By getting these "obsolete" objects back to life, we tried to highlight the very fast evolution of our everyday possessions. The devices we use nowadays will in a few years be considered relics too. We decided to use paper because more than the fact that it's a basic material, accessible for almost everyone, it's a way to show the balance of power between digital and paper production. When today you can read a book on a screen, we needed to create "real" things. Craftsmanship is really important for us. We wanted to turn an industrial object into a unique handmade craft. And the fact that the objects are not working places the user into a spectator position, a way to see the object out of its function.
Project 2 of 3
The Future of Food
The theme of the issue was Food. They were much looking at the future of food design, talking about 3d food printing (Digital food), how food is visualized and presented (Marti Guixe) and questioning what food should be. The brief was more about food and food design in general but we found the concept of the 3d food printing very interesting to work with. The cover had to be striking, vibrant and strong.
Project 3 of 3
The Fox’s Den
Artist window for the Hermès store located in Paseo de Gracià (Barcelona). This Carte Blanche tells the story of a fox who moved into the window with all his personal objects, showing a bit of his life and personality. The leather fox is living in a human interior composed with furnitures all made of paper, giving a surrealistic aspect to the scene. Each piece of the window display was made by hand.
Window photographs - Nacho Vaquero