Samy Rio

  • Born: 1989
  • Country: France
  • Discipline: Designer
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Samy Rio studied cabinet making for four years before attending the National School of Industrial Design (Ensci) in Paris, where he completed a five-year course in industrial design. This dual background allows him to combine industrial and artisan techniques, which he sees as complementary and indispensable to each other. In October 2014, he graduated with distinction from Ensci-Les Ateliers for his research into the use of bamboo tubes for industrial applications.

In July 2015, he opened his own studio after winning the top prize at the Villa Noailles Design Parade 10. As a result of that award, he was invited to the artist-in-residency at the International Centre for Research on Glass and Visual Arts (CIRVA) in Marseille and at the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres. He also began a collaboration with Galerie Kreo. Since then he has completed a residency at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) and at the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto as well as starting to collaborate with Atelier Luma.

At each residency and new project he pursued his experimental work on different materials, allowing him to further explore the connections between time-honoured craftsmanship and modern industry, traditional methods and new tools, constantly challenging both the way we produce objects and the objects themselves.

Project in Arita

  • Period of Residency : February - March
  • Sponsor : Villa Kujyoyama

Samy Rio started to focus on bamboo as a material 4 years ago and has researched the material properties and possibilities of bamboo intensively ever since. During his residency at Villa Kujyoyama he developed new products together with bamboo craftsman Mr. Nakagawa, the 11th generation of the Nakagawa family of bamboo artisans.
In Arita he will look into creating products that combine the materials of bamboo and porcelain and develop them as products for the commercial market. One option he will research further is a pitcher with a porcelain body and a handle made of bamboo.