Ciguë. A second [and much more aesthetically pleasing] life for objects.

April 20, 2012 in Recycling

Ciguë, based in Montreuil – the burgeoning creative suburb of Paris, is a unique architecture collective that explores design through a DIY hands-on process.  Instead of relying primarily on sketches, [the six architects that make up Ciguë] focus on handling and understanding materials, objects, and surroundings to inspire their creations.

Though the collective is not regimented to “eco-conception”, the architects privilege the use of natural and local resources and objects that “already have a story”.  The result of this leitmotif is an aesthetic that is earthy, rustic, peaceful – and sustainable.

Ciguë designed the Paris store of luxury skincare maker Aesop using 427 used steel caps, otherwise used in the city's plumbing network.


The "Sécretaire" was built using second hand mail furniture.


KAT, a coffee table made from transportation pallets.

Though Ciguë’s collection is not directly or entirely focused on recycling, I am inspired and impressed by the pieces that do reuse waste objects in a way that is creative, unassuming, and natural.

Ciguë furniture can be found at Merci, a concept store (a sort of one-stop aesthetic wonderland!) in Paris.  I’m actually in the process of decorating my new apartment, but while I don’t think I can afford Ciguë furniture quite yet, I hope to be inspired by the Ciguë works to just — do it myself.