After travelling the world to train in design and the fine arts, Luxembourg’s very own Léa Schroeder settled down at 1535° in Differdange. She foun- ded her exciting studio, which is open to all kinds of collaboration and where she designs her ceramic and textile collections, merging craftsmanship and design. Let’s meet her.
Where does your passion for design come from?
I’ve had it since I was a child! I’ve always loved being creative and doing DIY for as long as I can remember. My parents were culture vultures too. That all made me see that art and design can be part of the mundane everyday.
What were your training milestones?
I was very lucky to study in Luxembourg as it enabled me to travel through Europe. I began at Créapôle, in Paris, where I did a Masters in Luxury and Stage Art Design and where I was able to explore a range of skills. I decided to head to Milan to specialise in fine jewellery and accessories. It was the most obvious way to bring art and design together. Then I joined Lancel working as a leather goods and accessories designer.
Why did you decide to return to Luxembourg given your international career?
Luxembourg is my home. It was only natural for me to give something back, especially in terms of local design and showcasing fine crafts. That’s why I took part in the 2018 De Mains de Maîtres Biennial and all my designs are approved as “Made in Luxembourg”. I have since had the honour of representing our country overseas, e.g. at the Révélations Fair in Paris in May and at the Paris Design Week in September. I want to be part of the local scene as well as showing the world what we do here.
Is design art?
Often, aesthetic comes from function and technique. For example, I dismembered my birds as the entire piece wouldn’t fit into my kiln! But function is always key and the notion of design ties into user satisfaction. As for my work, the decorative and ornamental aspect becomes the main function, which is why it’s called Art-Design.
Are sustainability and ethics part of your specifications?
Of course. It’s our role as designers to educate and inform the public. We encourage consumers to be part of the journey by designing sustainable pieces and working with eco-friendly materials. It’s pains- taking work but essential to combat consumerism.
What are your plans for the future?
To continue down this path and really establish myself. I’ve only had my own brand for a year. I recently designed a textile collection that mirrors my ceramics. I have created an entire graphic world which now adorns silk scarves. I have a real passion for pattern and its symbolism. I also have a keen interest in tribal art, the connection between humankind and nature. It’s a project that’s dear to me and that I want to explore!
Pictures: Paulo Lobo