London, United Kingdom
ilco is an art and design studio formed by Madeleine Duflot (b.1994), from Strasbourg, France, and Koa Pham (b.1993) from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, origins that are derived and merged into the studio name (‘il’ meaning ‘he’ in French and ‘co’ adopted from ‘she’ in Vietnamese).
They met during their BA studies in Product Design at Central Saint Martins (2016), and founded their practice in 2017. Madeleine went on to study a graduate diploma in Fine Arts (2018) and a master degree in Spatial Design (2019) at Chelsea College of Art, while Koa completed a master degree in Industrial Design (2019) at Central Saint Martins.
“Our aim is to increase people’s wellbeing through the environment they live in and experience daily, by filling it up with playful and thought-provoking objects and furniture. We believe in the therapeutic benefits of the arts and want to demystify the ‘holly artwork’, to make interactions with artworks casual and accessible to everyone. Merging art with design, we create works that have both spiritual and
ilco won the UAL Creative Entreprise Award in Artist / Maker category in June 2019.
Into-form explores the concept of gestalt: the idea of a form created by individual parts arranged together and to be seen as a whole rather than as a sum of its components. Five shapes are at the disposal of the user who has the freedom to join them together depending on their needs and feelings. Once arranged, we are looking at an ephemeral and functional sculpture, with every new assembly becoming a new gestalt. The body/ies interacting with Into-form are turning into additional parts and fully merge into the whole picture, becoming each time part of a new gestalt.
Purely sculptural, purely functional or playing on both aspects at the same time, Into-form aims to create an emotional bond between the user and the furniture using art as a tool. The many possibilities and ephemeral aspect of each creation along with the interactive and participatory nature of the work should stimulate empathy towards the pieces of furniture and raise creativity and emotions, enabling a connection to blossom between subject and object over time and thus a better lifespan for the latter.
Into-form is not a chair, not a sofa, not a daybed, not an armchair… It is none but all at the same time! Into-form is very modular with endless possible configurations and aims to enhance and embrace the user’s freedom at its best.