Études N°1 Collection and Books by Études Studio-
THE ÉTUDES N°1 collection is a fresh start which combines experimentation and timelessness. Taking inspiration from the classic men’s wardrobe, it plays spontaneously with details, colors and materials.
The collection was created as a patchwork of different influences, both traditional and contem- porary, opposing soft autumn tones to bright and contrasted colors; natural materials with classic or abstract patterns. Without confusing simplicity and easiness, Études reminds us that uniqueness can unfold in a single detail.
Études collaborated with the French brand Paraboot and imagined two exclusive models developed around the idea of the monochrome. The designers concentrated on choosing and marking every detail that makes up the “Bleu Études” shoe so as to create two unique and low-key models. Also, Études is inviting the American artist Travess Smalley to design a shirt out of one of his digital collages taken
from his book “Capture Physical Presence”. The result will be a rare piece only a few copies will be edited. The collection is punctuated by a series of T-shirts with photographic prints inspired by objects and still lives, created in collaboration with several artists: a pair of “Cowboy boots” by Christian Patterson (US), a bouquet of flowers by Thomas Hauser (DE), a floating tire by Nicolas Poillot (FR), a glass of milk by Daniel Evans and Brendan Baker (UK), and finally a metal chain by Flemming Ove Bech (DK). Styles and eras are delicately blended so as to create a series in which time seems to hold still for a little while.
The notion of pausing is also suggested in the images created around the collection. The space made up of angles and broken walls without a view onto the outside symbolizes a non-place; the rare objects and clothes become the only landmarks of a mirage-like view. These images materialize a field open to experimentation where anything seems possible.
ÉTUDES BOOKS is an independent publisher, which produces books that focus on photography. By promoting this medium, Études Books is committed to presenting a new scene in photography.
The publisher, based in Paris and New York, selects its publications on the basis of a close collaboration between the artists and the editors. The result is a collection of monographs entitled Blue Books which offer the rare opportunity of a dialog between artist and reader, but also independent books that speak of a real sense of community. From concept to selection, from graphic design to distribution, Études Books manages each step of the production process thereby guaranteeing the coherence of its editorial line.