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“Koi” Limited Series by Leo Pico for Studio Ler


To spread the news about enamel on volcanic rock, Studio Ler remains loyal to its founding philosophy by initiating a cycle of collaborations with designers from all fields: illustration, design, art, and beyond. The first guest, Léo PICO, is an illustrator and artistic director of Regain magazine for Funny Bones. A professional typographer, he has worked for the press, including ObsM Le MondeEtapes:Vanity Fair, and Le Parisien Magazine, as well as for the fashion world, J.M. Weston, Rabih Kayrouz, and the Paris Fashion Week.  


Léo Pico intervened on the collection of Oke trays in enamelled volcanic rock to adorn them with Koi carps, Japanese ornamental fish whose colours and patterns are obtained by way of a long and patient selection process in the province of Niigata. He presents a duo of red-and-white carps, the iconic Kohaku race, firmly rooted in the collective imagination, and a tandem of monochrome Platinum fish, metallic snow carps that Europeans are so enamoured with.


Fish on a tray: a nod to the primary function of the OKE collection, designed by Studio Ler as a series of sushi trays “since we love sushi. But for you, it can be much more; it can showcase your most beautiful house plants or find its place on your latest furniture find.” As with all of the Oke collection, the Koi series is made of enamelled Mont-Dore volcanic rock and the handles are in solid wood. Each piece is unique. Public price: 290 euros (inclusive of tax).


Studio Ler. 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.