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Studio Ler: Contemporary Volcanic Rock


Volcanic rock is the only stone in the world that can be coated with enamel. The reason is its incredible heat resistance, enabling it to be fired in enamelling kilns at 990 degrees. This resilience seems an appropriate turn of events for a material first emerging as a liquid, cast into molten rock on the slopes of the volcanoes of Auvergne, whose boiling state eventually subsides and cools, slowly petrifying in contact with the air. The volcanic rock is then cut, dissected on plates, and sent to the Breton Studio Ler to be adorned with an enamel in the contemporary designs that are the signature of the designer duo.


There too lies a story of resilience, passion, and cultural inheritance that begins with a young couple: Renato was an enameller and stone-cutter and Lydia, a designer, who formerly worked with Mathieu Lehanneur’s studio and IKEA. They founded Studio Ler in 2015 far from Paris, in Auvergne, with the ambition of bring volcanic rock into contemporary interiors. Its heat resistance makes it an ideal material for kitchens. Buffets, workbenches, or table ornaments enjoy the virtues of the rock, in its subtle and unusual grey, whose texture will then be partially or totally coated in a colourful, graphic enamel.


The first chapter of the story ended in 2018 with the death of Renato. His sister Jessica then picked up the torch alongside Lydia to continue the adventure. Now based in Brittany in a former village pharmacy, they design and create small series of objects, furniture, and furnishings, including one-offs or customised articles for private customers, interior designers and architects, hotels and restaurants, all with their distinctive flair for associating textures.


The lava of the Volvic and Mont-Dore areas converse with enamel, wood, or fabric, creating a sensitive and vibrant collection. Alongside their geometric inspirations, the tandem also initiates collaborations with graphic designers or illustrators in more figurative or organic styles, in order to take a fresh look at this material classified by UNESCO as a “natural asset presenting an exceptional degree of interest for the shared heritage of humanity” and giving it a new lease on life, designed for a wider audience.