Born in Paris suburbs, designer Julien Carretero first graduated in Industrial Design both in Paris and in England. He then chose to pursue his studies in the Master course of the Design Academy Eindhoven, under the direction of Gijs Bakker (Droog Design). Next to his studies in the Netherlands, Julien worked during two years at Studio Maarten Baas.
Drag Light by Julien Carretero project employs a production method similar to that traditionally used to produce plaster cornices, wherein a shaped ‘trowel’ is dragged along hardening plaster to produce ornamental designs. In his variation on this technique, Carretero shapes vases and lights by rotating a volume of plaster beneath slats of wood arranged in a semi-circular pattern to a fixed frame. The light is available in several colors, shown in the other photos. Each is handmade and unique.
Since he graduated his work has been internationally exhibited from the Salone del Mobile in Milan and Design Miami in the US to the 21_21 Design Sight gallery in Tokyo and ExperimentaDesign in Lisbon, among many others. Julien was awarded the Seb Prize of the Design Parade festival at the Villa Noailles in 2008 (France) and his work is available at Moss (NY), Phillips de Pury (London), Gallery S. Bensimon (Paris) and Victor Hunt (Brussels).
In January 2012, Julien left the Netherlands to establish his studio in Brussels and co-founded the creative platform Studio With A View. Julien’s work is part of the collection of the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (France).