Emmanuel Babled was born in France in 1967. He studied Industrial Design at the European Institute of Design in Milan, graduating in 1989. In 1992 he founded his own independent design studio.
Since then Babled has developed a wide range of glass and tableware, unique pieces as well as limited editions in self-production and for prestigious manufacturers such as Venini, Baccarat, Rosenthal and Covo. These pieces are part of private and public collections around the world.
At the same time he has also designed industrial products, furniture and lighting. Clients include Felice Rossi, Vistosi, Kundalini, Viceversa, Giannini, Dupont de Nemours, Crea Diffusion, Oluce, Gedy, Superego, Outlook Zelco, I+I, Idée Co. Ltd, Laurent Perrier, Holt Renfrew, IandI, KAI, Macef, Plust-Europlast and Waterford Crystal.
Emmanuel Babled’s design approach is based on the idea that a good project is born through direct contact and physical presence in the territory of its production. Observing materials and techniques in their authentic surroundings, gaining a feeling for places and social conditions have become an important part of his work method. Territorial skills and the human factor are elements that determine the result.
Babled has been working with glass in Murano for many years, a long and successful collaboration. He works with marble in Carrara and carpets in north of India and Nepal and is also exploring different types of territorial skills.
Far from merely celebrating tradition, he is more interested in challenging traditional methods in order to obtain innovative and meaningful results. His work always combines a historical knowledge of the craft mixed with a computerized process and original composition.
Babled lets the production process give the objects part of its identity when he designs mass-produced pieces too.
In 2010 Emmanuel Babled Studio moved to Amsterdam after many years in Milan. The studio continues to offer its services in product design, interior design, graphic design and art direction.
Curatorial Projects and Art Direction
Since 1999 Studio Babled has been a frequent curator for group exhibitions and brand art-direction.
1999: The City of Milan appoints Babled as art director of the glass exhibition “Fusion”.
2000: Babled is in charge of the launch of the new life-style brand “Sputnik”, initiated by the Japanese entrepreneur Teruo Kurosaki of Idée Co. Ltd. in Tokyo.
2001: The Italian household accessories manufacturer Covo appoints Babled as art director for the concept and organization of the traveling glass exhibition “Smash” that involves nine young international designers. After its first presentation in Milan, the show moves on to Néotu (Paris), Property (New York), Design Museum (London), Idée Co Ltd. (Tokyo), and the National Glass Center (Sunderland, GB).
2002: The French crystal manufacturer Baccarat appoints Babled as art director for the development of the crystal collection “Rencontres” designed by the Italian architect Ettore Sottsass.
2002: Babled organizes exhibitions for the Milan Fair Organization Macef in collaboration with students of different national and international design schools (Domus Academy Milan, Design Academy Eindhoven) leading workshops in each school.
2002: Dupont De Nemours (Geneva) commissions Babled to conceive and design new lounge furniture made in Corian by Crea Diffusion (F).
2003: Babled coordinates and presents the Japanese lifestyle brand Mogu in collaboration with Ready Made Project (NY) and Ebisukasei Co. Ltd (Osaka).
2005: Babled becomes creative strategy consultant for the Italian brand I+I, for the production of textiles, carpets and home accessories.
Since 2000 Emmanuel Babled has been collaborating with the Domus Academy (Milan) and the Eindhoven Design Academy (Eindhoven, NL) as a visiting professor.