Assemblage, Prototypes 2008
A series of prototypes by LORIS&LIVIA presented during the London Design Festival 2008.

At first sight, the objects presented in this assemblage do not appear to be what one would expect from a typical object collection. Loris and Livia use contrasting materials, different typologies and shapes in order to make pieces that can be integrated within various contexts. According to Loris and Livia, unity stems from the fact that the word assemblage does not refer to one specific application and is not only used in one and unique context. It is an incentive and a starting point for exploration.
We can find structural assemblage – the screen –, assembly of uses – the side-chair –, assembly of identical components – the umbrella stand –, or subtle assembly to create a pattern – the low seat. These pieces suggest an honest and direct point of view towards a multi-task approach showing no pretension or vanity, and this finally succeeds. What you see, is what you get but with a twist!

Alexis Georgacopoulos Lausanne, September 2008


Loris and Livia met in London in 2006. In 2008, something clicks and they decide to merge their skills and enthusiasm by collaborating on new design projects. Both designers share a particular affection for low tech products, beautiful materials, traditional manufacturing techniques and graphic design. For their first collaborative work, they have designed a low seat, a room divider, a side chair and an umbrella stand, and are exhibiting the prototypes during the London Design Festival 2008.

Livia Lauber was born in 1981 in Switzerland. She studied product and industrial design at ECAL in Lausanne. In 2006 she moved to London and worked as a freelance for a number of designers including Shin Azumi, Martino Gamper, Ed Carpenter and André Klauser. Since 2007, she has been working for Established & Sons as a product designer and coordinator.

Loris Jaccard was born in 1978 in Switzerland. She studied Jewellery and Product design at HEAA in la Chaux-de-Fonds. In 2003 she moved to London and worked for four years for Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Since 2007 she has been working as an independent product designer and consultant for a range of clients including Fever Tree, BarberOsgerby and Michael Kors. She is also the proud mother of an 8 month old little boy.

Loris and Livia