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, surprising 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 is an industrial artist. He founded UM Project in 2004, a hybrid enterprise of strategic design, creative studio, and old-world atelier. 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.

 François likes to say that his work combine function and function. Each project is a manifesto about simple and humane technology. Having pieces that celebrate the poetry and beauty of technology, not just its mere functional performance, is an important part of the process.

 Photography: Julia Hembree

Photography: Julia Hembree

 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

    
 
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