Myrtille works primarily with porcelain, which is a clay appreciated for its whiteness and translucency; a mineral and sensual material, often worked raw – without enamel – that gives a contemporary twist. Balancing strength and subtlety, minimalism and refinement, Myrtille’s creations have a distinct sleek aesthetic, a signature style that can be spotted at first glance. If nature is at the heart of her work, she draws her inspiration from various influences ranging from Scandinavian design, Japanese simplicity and the refinement and poetry of the Italian Renaissance. Her new strength is the Emirati legacy, which is a real source of inspiration and fine techniques.

Myrtille likes to experiment with porcelain, which allows her to play infinitely with textures and shapes, guided by spontaneous imagination. She works the clay like a graphic designer works a blank page; applying patterns and adding materials, like wood and gold. She gives life to her clay, creating limited edition series such as flowers, wall installations, various dinnerware accessories and jewellery. Each piece is handmade and utterly unique.

The idea of Insight Out came from Myrtille's personal experience of the region over the years.

The lamp represents the layered history of this beautiful city – a place that is a reference for modernity, replete with incredible urban architecture that has risen from the sand over the last 40 years echoing the phrase ‘the bigger, the better’.

"During my time in the UAE, I discovered the heritage of the land, the wildlife, the deserts and the mountains. I met the Bedouins who told me about their history and legacy. I’ve learnt a lot from the ladies who continue the palm weaving tradition, fighting to keep this knowledge alive, creating baskets and mats. I began by conducting a parallel investigation into ceramic, my own heritage. I’ve also spent time visiting museums, archaeological sites, old quarters and of course, heritage villages. Insight Out symbolises the mix of my culture and that of the UAE – the warm welcome I’ve received and the enlightenment it has given me. It is a representation of the fire that the Bedouins gather around to tell stories and share dinner. That’s why the lamp has an extremely modern exterior that is gently wrapping the traditional inner handmade element. When the two outer cylinders are separated, the light switches on, revealing the inner Emirati craftsmanship. And then you discover the work of these wonderful desert craftswomen with their woven palm creations – creating a link between the traditional and the modern and demonstrating the strong heritage of this land.''

Artist Biography

Myrtille Ronteix is a French artisan designer. She grew up in a family of artists and craftsmen where she learnt the core traits of craftsmanship; patience and rigorousness. After her studies at École Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques (ESAG), a leading graphic design and communication school in France, she worked for more than ten years as an art director in Paris. On her arrival in Dubai in 2013, she decided to realise a long-standing project to work with ceramic and created Atelier Monochrome to re...

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Myrtille Ronteix
Insight Out

Quantity:
Limited Edition of 10
Size:
50 (L) x 50 (W) x 50 (H) cm
Materials:
Brass, palm leaves, porcelain, horse hair

Myrtille works primarily with porcelain, which is a clay appreciated for its whiteness and translucency; a mineral and sensual material, often worked raw – without enamel – that gives a contemporary twist. Balancing strength and subtlety, minimalism and refinement, Myrtille’s creations have a distinct sleek aesthetic, a signature style that can be spotted at first glance. If nature is at the heart of her work, she draws her inspiration from various influences ranging from Scandinavian design, Japanese simplicity and the refinement and poetry of the Italian Renaissance. Her new strength is the Emirati legacy, which is a real source of inspiration and fine techniques.

Myrtille likes to experiment with porcelain, which allows her to play infinitely with textures and shapes, guided by spontaneous imagination. She works the clay like a graphic designer works a blank page; applying patterns and adding materials, like wood and gold. She gives life to her clay, creating limited edition series such as flowers, wall installations, various dinnerware accessories and jewellery. Each piece is handmade and utterly unique.

The idea of Insight Out came from Myrtille's personal experience of the region over the years.

The lamp represents the layered history of this beautiful city – a place that is a reference for modernity, replete with incredible urban architecture that has risen from the sand over the last 40 years echoing the phrase ‘the bigger, the better’.

"During my time in the UAE, I discovered the heritage of the land, the wildlife, the deserts and the mountains. I met the Bedouins who told me about their history and legacy. I’ve learnt a lot from the ladies who continue the palm weaving tradition, fighting to keep this knowledge alive, creating baskets and mats. I began by conducting a parallel investigation into ceramic, my own heritage. I’ve also spent time visiting museums, archaeological sites, old quarters and of course, heritage villages. Insight Out symbolises the mix of my culture and that of the UAE – the warm welcome I’ve received and the enlightenment it has given me. It is a representation of the fire that the Bedouins gather around to tell stories and share dinner. That’s why the lamp has an extremely modern exterior that is gently wrapping the traditional inner handmade element. When the two outer cylinders are separated, the light switches on, revealing the inner Emirati craftsmanship. And then you discover the work of these wonderful desert craftswomen with their woven palm creations – creating a link between the traditional and the modern and demonstrating the strong heritage of this land.''

Artist Biography

Myrtille Ronteix is a French artisan designer. She grew up in a family of artists and craftsmen where she learnt the core traits of craftsmanship; patience and rigorousness. After her studies at École Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques (ESAG), a leading graphic design and communication school in France, she worked for more than ten years as an art director in Paris. On her arrival in Dubai in 2013, she decided to realise a long-standing project to work with ceramic and created Atelier Monochrome to re...

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