ILE-DE-FRANCE – 34 years old
As grandson of a carpenter wheelwright, Steven grew up in craftmanship and his connection to materials is visceral. He learns his trade at the Ecole Boulle, among other schools, where he obtains a DMA (Art Trades Diploma) in cabinetmaking and finishes as valedictorian in 2008. He then works for more than a year alongside a designer-cabinetmaker.
In 2009, he founds with a partner the Atelier ARCA (which stands for “Atelier de Recherche et Création en Ameublement”, an atelier of research and creation in furnishing) in cabinetmaking and carpentry, which he runs on his own today. His company has a 550m² space and offers design (thanks to a dedicated cell allowing custom-made), edition and prototyping services.
Since, Steven has won many prizes: Grand Prix de la Création of Paris in 2011; Etoile de l’Artisanat of the Design Observer and the Prix de l’Entreprise Artisanale CMA 94 in 2017.
He is also the laureate of several Foundations: EY in 2012, Banque Populaire in 2016 and more recently, Fondation Bettencourt Schueller for the Prix pour l’Intelligence de la main.
ARCA goes beyond the traditional field of cabinetmaking by imagining artisanal or industrial solutions for companies of many different sectors, from aviation to the textile industry.
Oriented toward experimentation in contemporary furniture, ARCA has invented “AirWood” or inflatable wood. The technic consists in affixing inlay on a flexible material, allowing to distort the wood through air injection.
Another concept then followed, the “WooWood”, a storage system with elastic pockets covered in wood inlay, just as if it was textile. This technic makes it possible to create a grommet, to slide a drawer in pockets or to fix a lamp.
Steven also invented a concept of wood chequered by an accumulation of grids and set up a technic of thermosettable wood using heated plastic.
Those technics use 3D technology and plasma spraying, thus requiring of ARCA to continuously dedicate time to research and development. Also, Steven guides and co-finances a thesis project with Ecole des Mines on the thermal spraying of materials onto wood.
A teacher at Ecole Boulle one day a week since 2011, Steve is attached to transmitting his savoir-faire and creativity.
He doesn’t work alone at ARCA but is looking to develops his company, which employs today 6 salaries, 1 apprentice and the occasional interns.
La Fondation Rémy Cointreau helps Steven Leprizé to acquire a planer, in replacement of the faulty one currently used at the Atelier.