Franklin Azzi Becomes Maison & Objet Designer of the Year

In September, a Parisian architect will present an immersive installation devoted to the development of workspaces.
Franklin Azzi’s creative approach was shaped by various masters: from architect Claude Parent and artist Donald Judd to pianist Glenn Gould and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Franklin loves American novels and noisy rock music. Designer of the Year’s portfolio includes projects in various fields, from urban planning to interior design. The founder of his own agency in the heart of Paris sees himself as a "technical architect" and claims that he does not have a corporate identity.
One of the most famous works is the of the expressway section transformation into a pedestrian promenade 2.5 km long on the Seine left bank. In addition, Franklin’s company is part of the Nouvelle AOM (along with ChartierDalix and Hardel Le Bihan Architectes), selected for the reconstruction of the famous Parisian skyscraper Tour Montparnasse and the surrounding area. His goal is to create objects that stand the test of time. Today, Franklin works a lot on projects related to the restoration of existing structures. So, thanks to his work, the postal station in Lille became a cultural space, and the Nantes School of Fine Arts appeared in the former warehouse.
Franklin Azzi worked on boutiques for Christophe Lemaire, Isabel Marant, Lacoste and the LVMH group. He is currently designing the Mama Shelter Hotel in Dubai, a multi-purpose building on the Champs Elysees, a temporary building on the Lafayette Gallery roof, which will house a restaurant and bar, as well as boutiques of the Chinese brand EP Yaying in New York and Shanghai.
He has always been interested in workspace projects such as Workstation and Dock on the Seine in the suburbs of Paris, Deskopolitan Voltaire co-working in the east of Paris, which combines a gym, kindergarten, restaurant, bar, barbershop, rooftop garden and a nine-room hotel. It is this area of ​​his work that will be reflected in the temporary exhibition, which Franklin Azzi will show in September at Maison & Objet. The architect will present a stage immersive installation, which will consist of images and films on an area of ​​300 square meters. The structural elements of the space will be made from recycled materials from past sessions of the exhibition.