22/01/2024

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Under the inspiring gaze of Döppel Studio: the unique alliance of object design and architecture for boundless creativity

Döppel Studio is a creative studio that explores the fields of object design and architecture, founded in 2016 by Lionel Dinis-Salazar and Jonathan Omar after studying at the Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD) and the Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR). Döppel is conceived as a creative laboratory aiming to explore the boundaries between disciplines. Its name, “Döppel,” is derived from the German word meaning “double,” referring to the pursuit of duality in the approach and working method of its two founders: Jonathan Omar & Lionel Dinis-Salazar.

Considering the clash of ideas and drawings as a means to achieve a fair and effective project, the duo seeks a design that engages both the body and mind literally. Whether contemplating a unique piece or an industrial project, the studio’s quest remains the same: to surpass mere functionality and exceed the “minimum required.”

Döppel’s work focuses on questioning materials, forms, and uses to build unique and sensitive projects by challenging new rituals. “Each project is conceived as a cairn, where stones overlap without destroying the balance of the structure.” As witnesses of a journey outside the beaten paths, the cairns become symbolic collective constructions, illustrating the studio’s approach to its projects. 

Jonathan Omar

Jonathan Omar is a graduated designer from the Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts (HEAR). He extends his practice from object design to scenography and artistic installations. Showing a particular interest in the role of tools and their traces in the manufacturing processes, he develops a poetic approach to object design.

Lionel Dinis Salazar

Lionel Dinis-Salazar is a designer, visual artist, and scenographer graduated from the Paris School of Decorative Arts (ENSAD). After exploring the domestic space through mineralogy and prehistory as subjects of reflection, he leverages his designer training for plastic installations, scenographies, and the creation of objects around new scenarios.

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