UM stands for User & Maker


UM Project designs furniture and unusual goods. Integrating concept, design and manufacturing, the work transcends the qualities of both the handmade and the mass-produced. UM only designs what it makes, and makes what it designs. Rather than utilizing complex processes and transformation, designs rely on the unusual combination and connections of simple forms, honest materials and distinct colors. The result is work that is essential and precise, purposeful and functional, suprising yet familiar, sometimes playful, always inviting. UM is independent and collaborative, the design equivalent of an indie band.

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

François Chambard
Founder

François Chambard founded UM Project in 2004, a hybrid enterprise of strategic design, creative studio, and old-world atelier. François earned a degree from the Marseille Business School and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Previous work experience at branding agencies like Swiss firm Zintztmeyer & Lux or Interbrand in New York, and music company Elias Arts in NY and LA, provided a launchpad for François’ artistic ambitions.



The ideals of artist-designer communities of the 20th century, the Bauhaus and Wiener Werkstätte in particular, captured François’ imagination early on. The brilliance of creative engineering or the uncanny ability to create product-like one-of-a-kind artifacts, pioneered by giants like Jean Prouvé or Achille Castiglioni, have been equally influential. François’ expertise and vision have also been shaped by a series of experiences and mentors, including revered glass designer Guillaume Saalburg in Paris and master furniture maker Hank Gilpin in Rhode Island.


Photography: Matthew Williams

Photography: Matthew Williams

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Gallerie Triode, Paris

Photography: Gallerie Triode, Paris

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Christopher Leaman

Photography: Christopher Leaman

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Christopher Leaman

Photography: Christopher Leaman

Photography: Christopher Leaman

Photography: Christopher Leaman

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Christopher Leaman

Photography: Christopher Leaman

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Joshua Wong

Photography: Joshua Wong

Photography: Eric Laignel

Photography: Eric Laignel

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Eric Scott

Photography: Eric Scott

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Jaime Viñas

Photography: Jaime Viñas

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Christopher Leaman

Photography: Christopher Leaman

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO

Photography: Francis Dzikowski/OTTO