Photo : Pierre Parce

Shadow fold

When they started in 2005 to create installations from poor materials set up by folding, Bounoure and Genevaux imagined to produce new forms for Architecture.

Starting with a simple gesture, a fold that repeats itself identically, they explored how parametric forms come to appear.

Then the process became the central element of this research: “What is initially a plot or a hatch on a plane becomes once concretized, a fold line, the trace of a pen, a drilled groove …

what is left of this line? ”

In their recent works, folded forms became the subject of a reflection on the discontinuous materialization of a continuous phenomenon. The decomposition of the fold to an immaterial state questions us on our perception of the phenomenal world. “Shadow fold” is the expression of an original left gesture through its different levels of perception.

With their favorite media, the fold, Bounoure and Genevaux create the conditions of appearance and disappearance.

Exhibition "Carton plein"
City of Architecture and Heritage
Paris, 2010
by the collective Archiwaste
in collaboration with the Koge Institute.
Photo: Rupert Maleczeck

creative life

Guillaume Bounoure was born in 1978 in Lyon. Chloé Genevaux was born in Strasbourg in 1984. They have lived and worked together in Montpellier since 2005. They worked as architects and designers and founded the Archiwaste experimental architecture collective. Chloé Genevaux obtained the title of Doctor in Architecture (phd) following her work on folding geometries. They have been highlighted for their research and achievements in the fields of digital innovation and in particular the parametric modeling of folded forms applied to the design of objects and spaces. For example, they worked with Airbus on the development of folding new ideas for aeronautics.

They are the co-authors of the book “The Art of Folding vol.2 ” with Jean-Charles Trebbi published in 2015 at Alternatives Gallimard, now translated into Spanish and Chinese English. In 2017, they published the books “La Paille” and “Le Liège” at the same editions.

In 2018, they decided to present the creative process at the heart of their approach. The fold and the line from their initial background, opens a wider reflection on the meaning of beauty in the production processes of the post-industrial world. The use of CNC tools and algorithms, is in their recent work associated with a deep  questioning on the nature of the man-machine relationship. Polyptych sculptures and kinetic impressions, are the result of a round-trip between the hand of man and the digital process. In their works, folding, a form defined by the laws of geometry, is gradually decomposed to reach the informal layers of what structures human perception.