Paris, Tokyo, London: it is such soujourns abroad which have been the main theme
of the career of Marie Christine Dorner. A designer, interior architect and graduate
of the Ecole Camondo, Paris, she goes to Tokyo for one year, aged 25, to design
her first collection of furniture for Idee, then opens her first office in Paris…
The sheer diversity of her projects is astonishing: among the most well-known
are the La Villa hotel in Saint-Germain des Prés, first contemporary
hotel in Paris at the time, the restaurant de la Comédie Française,
the presidential grandstand for the 14th July processions at the head of the
Champs Elysées, street furniture for the City of Nîmes, and works
for the Mobilier National, French Ministry of Culture.
A Londoner for more then 10 years, she designs and fits out ambassadorial residences
across the world for the French Ministère des Affaires Etrangères,
undertakes projects for private clients both in England and France, and designs
for manufacturers as diverse as Montis in Holland, Ligne Roset, Bernardaud and
Baccarat in France. Her collection “Une Forme, One Shape”, shown
in Paris, Tokyo and Kyoto in 2004, is a demonstration of her taste for perfection.
The best artisans in France and Japan created her jewellery, objects and furniture
in wood, gold, porcelain, bamboo, ceramic and composite.
Marie Christine Dorner co-founded the design department in ESAD school of Rheims,
has led many design workshops in France, especially in Strasbourg, taught at
the Royal College of Art in London, and is regularly external tutor at Central
Saint Martins, London. She was awarded the Grand Prix du Design de la Ville
de Paris in 1995.