Drag by Julien Carretero



Eindhoven designer Julien Carretero has created a collection of lamps, tables and stools by scraping a profile into hardening plaster.


Called Drag, the series is inspired by a technique traditionally used to make cornice mouldings.


Each half is made by pouring plaster over a mould and scraping a profile into its surface as the material sets, using pieces of wood attached to an oscillating frame.


The two parts are then joined to make lamps, tables or stools.


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Here's some text from Carretero:


Drag (2009)

Drag uses a traditional technique for making ornamental cornice mouldings using synthetic plaster.


Half-pieces are rotated on a central axis as the plaster sets, then assembled to form a complete round turn.


Several different typologies of objects (lamps, utility table, stool) have been made and each piece is unique.


A minimal industrial process that integrates organic imperfection.


The Drag project deals with a production process inspired by the traditional plaster dragging technique in which the plaster is constrained in shape by a profile while hardening.


This technique traditionally used to produce ornamental cornices is  adapted here in order to serially produce various typologies of objects thanks to a single apparatus.


The process results in an infinite variation of shapes, all based on solids of revolution.


Multiple sizes of semi-circular shapes are aligned on the central axe of the apparatus, which drags the plaster on top of them.


The two halves of the object are then assembled together by using the overload of dragged material.


Material : porcelain plaster


Based in Eindhoven (NL) and a frequent exhibitor on the world circuit, from Moss to Experimenta, French designer Julien Carretero explores the possibilities of artisan creation in objects that are lively, vibrant and in constant phase-change.


This is hands-on design, sensual and self-made, inscribed in the sinuous lines of one-off/industrial pieces in the manner of Gaetano Pesce.


What it tells us that a designer can't be just a thinking head, since the most important thing is to put a craftsman's feeling into the fabrication process.


Posted on Wednesday July 15th 2009 at 9:30 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy


    like the process…ugly as hell though! (my very subjective pov)

  • I’m sorry dezeen…. any respect for people who do have skills and put it online? as a designer and also teacher at the academy in holland. even my ba students cant graduate with this

  • jomirod


  • ID.k

    I understand the concept, but the result seems rather… oppressive.

  • Joaquin

    Let’s worry about the outcomes.

  • Viktor U

    hmmm …. never seen anything as ugly as this .. i am really sorry

  • Eric

    Carretero.. Nacho Carbonell… It’s seems to be trendy to make informal objects. Maybe the craftsman’s part of the design comes here, but the result is not convincing. Both, design and traditional technique have been be combined with wonderful result…Not this time I suppose….Using traditional technique may not be an excuse at all time.

  • abrac

    Umm this is painful. process is interesting but maybe some finish work is needed. “A minimal industrial process that integrates organic imperfection.” – try sloppy craft. The white table is the least offensive.

  • Cr

    The crafty proces looks quite nice .. but the result is horrible !

  • ano

    I think you are all very boring and conservative.
    This is new, innovative and beautiful !! want one, ehh no two!!

  • carlos

    like it!…..minimal raw

  • yacht

    I’m sorry done…. any respect for people who are young and innovative? as a designer and also graduated from the academy in holland. i am glad that i never had such a narrow minded-conservative teacher.
    At least, please, make a constructive critic, the fact that you wouldn’t graduate Carretero from your BA isn’t what we should expect from a “teacher”.

  • ton

    the concept and the process are very interesting.
    I actually, like how they look now. It’s hard to tell it’s ugly or not for me, but the texture and color are quite interesting. It just not a traditional way of making and seeing perfect design object. I think if you have the image of them in interoir space, it will look better than just the object itself.

  • s

    over the years in my film career i have had the opportunity to work with some truly talented solid plasters. i have had the pleasure of watching them create some wonderfully pieces using this technique. however their absolute failures look heaps better than these pieces . if you are going to use a traditional technique at least take the time to learn and perfect said technique. Great concept poorly executed i see this time and time again, nothing annoys me more

  • madvillan

    i think these lamps wouldn’t have been as ugly if they weren’t painted. i think such a raw process should be followed by a raw finish like glazing. “organic imperfection” and bright orange acrylic paint don’t go together for me.

    …and plaster lamps doesn’t make much sense to me.
    …and why are they called “one-off/industrial pieces” if there is a jig that can reproduce the same profile.

  • victor v.


  • berts bobje

    Done and Yacht, what is “the academy” in the Netherlands? is there only one? where is it? If you both have been/are there, do you know each other? Must be a nice place with a lot of direct interaction between tutor and student. Honest, thought provoking, stimulating. Wow, wanna be there.

  • aker

    there are much better traditional techniques to do this kind of objects, even from one piece. simple craftsmen know it without finishing design school. in my opinion, if you do something, you should take the time and do it properly, and then it won’t matter if the outcome is ugly or not.