“The idea is not to protect the world,” says the designer Sinan Sigic of L’Atelier Hapax, his Paris-based artisan label that breathes new life into objects by reusing their materials. “My objective is to show people that they can have ideas that are as interesting as those of the most important art directors and designers. They can create themselves. Choosing an item in a shop is not their only option. It’s not about buying but about investing yourself in an object in terms of time and imagination.”

As such, Sigic welcomes clients who come to him with something old in order to create something new. The cover of a favourite book becomes an evening pochette lined with leather, while its pages are crafted into paper pearls (of wisdom!) that make a collar and evening bracelet. A leather bag becomes a travel box for exotic teas. A hatbox becomes a decorative lamp. “One of my first orders was from a woman who brought her mother’s long leather evening gloves,” says Sigic. “At first she wanted them repaired but then together we made a scarf. She told me that it’s like having her mother’s arms around her neck.”

With a background in the fashion industry, Sigic has not only the talent for recreation but also the passion. “For many years I worked for Martin Margiela’s Artisanal line,” he explains of his career at the label that famously reconstructed clothes. “I wanted to work there because since I was a little boy I have always thought about transforming and changing things. The concept behind the Artisanal label was exactly my own.”

Despite his design pedigree, Sigic is keen to distance himself from the notion of being on trend, even when L’Atelier Hapax seems of the moment and in tune with ventures like the Petit H project by Hermes. “I just want to change things that people want to keep,” he says of his motivation. He cites one of his favourite re-creations: a chess set crafted from Hermes packaging. Made in entirely from paper, it was meticulously created by laser cutting boxes, rolling parts of shopping bags and using leather paint on the finish. Yet for Sigic, the most important aspect of the object is that it was made for a daily player of chess. “Who is the client? Why have they brought this item to me? What could I make that they would actually use?” are the questions he poses himself. “The idea evolves and together we create something unique, useful and poetic.”

Sinan Sigic’s definition of luxury?
To take the time for pleasure and to share this with the people you love.

Object?
Something very useful.

Person?
My husband.

Place?
Home.

Moment?
Every moment.

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