Founded by Irish designer, Eimear Ryan, in 2018, Argot Studio is a Paris-based design studio that offers 3D printed, sustainably-made collectable pieces, designed to elevate any space. Argot’s stylistic aim is to transcend seasonality, trends and to last throughout generations. The collections express balance and consideration, fusing together minimalist, timeless design with high-quality, bio-sourced materials.
Drawing inspiration from the contrast between brutalist, man-made architecture and organic forms and shapes that exist in nature, Argot pieces encompass both a poetic and thoughtful rendition.
Argot’s core collection consists of the signature vases, sculptures and vessels, characteristic to Argot’s classic silhouettes with versatile functionality.
The name Argot refers to the French word “argot”, meaning ‘colorful slang’, that is used by Parisians in everyday life.
Argot Studio pieces are designed and produced in Paris, France.
Irish designer Eimear Ryan began Argot with a vision to contribute towards a more sustainable future of design. Sharing this passion, Eimear was later joined by her French husband, Jean-Eloi Rateau.
Eimear first began her career as an interior designer but decided she wanted to venture out and create her own unique designs. With her father being a joiner and artisan, Eimear has always been attached to craftsmanship. Placing this at the forefront of her designs, Eimear spent a long time trying to find a local artisan that could provide her with high quality, affordable and sustainable materials.
Eimear discovered 3D printing after Jean-Eloi developed an interest in 3D printing technology and decided to purchase a machine. It was then that they realized the potential and limitless possibilities of the 3D printer.
Jean-Eloi then turned his attention towards bringing about expertise and know-how of the progressive technology and launched Argot’s 3D production as an environmentally efficient and effective solution for Eimear’s designs.
Together, by combining their complementary backgrounds, unique strengths and shared values, Eimear and Jean-Eloi are reimagining the future of modern interior design.
In Ivry-sur-Seine, just next to Paris, the Argot Studio atelier is located in an old Schneider factory that was constructed in the 1920s. Originally an electrical factory, this history of craftsmanship resonates with what Argot Studio is today.
3D printing is an innovative production method enabling sustainable and flexible production. Based on digital instruction, a 3D printer heated nozzle moves in three dimensions depositing successive layers of fused material. That progressive deposition of material ends up, after several hours of digital work, forming an Argot piece.
To make our pieces, we use exclusively bio-sourced material, from corn or sugarcane starch. In addition, more that 70% of the material we use is recycled from food packaging in the European Union. The material we use is biodegradable in a controlled environment.
Unique Production Method
Taking advantage of 3D printing, our design process starts with hand drawing each object. Then, the sketch is 3D modeled and further optimized using a dedicated software turning the 3D model into instruction for our machines. We optimize our production process to limit energy consumption and waste.
This unique production method enables Argot Studio to produce locally in Paris and create high quality design pieces. We explore various shapes, textures, materials and parameters to craft unique design pieces with various properties, from clear, light and aerial pieces with unique reflection to sturdy, architectural and textured pieces.