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Up Close | Power Pair M/M (Paris)
Enjoy an exclusive interview with the design geniuses behind our coveted holiday packaging, windows and scarf. In case you don’t get your fill check out their forthcoming monograph, M to M of M/M (Paris) to be published next spring.
JC: What inspired you to start M/M Paris? How did it come into fruition?
MM: We met in Arts Déco art school in Paris in 1989 on the first day of that term. A few conversations later and we had decided that we would be working together straight after school, which led us to establish M/M in 1992 — so we’re this year celebrating our 20th birthday.
JC: Tell us a little bit about the ‘California Dreamin’ holiday project. Besides our glamorous home state of California, where specifically did you draw your inspiration?
MM: California has always been a great source of inspiration for the both of us. Beyond LA ‘the city of quartz’, we are fascinated by the history and utopias that have have defined it, the mixed origins, the simultaneity of amazing landscapes and high tech culture.
JC: If you could only work and design in one genre (fashion, architecture, etc) for the rest of your lives, what would it be?
MM: One of the fundamental principle of M/M is that there should be no reason to restrict ourselves to a single genre — that’s part of the reason we are working as a pair, so tension between us allows us to always shift in between.
JC: How much is your personal style and aesthetic reflected in your work?
MM: VERY much, even though we do have different styles and aesthetics — obviously — hence why our work can allow such complexities.
JC: What are your current fashion and non-fashion obsessions?
MM: Books, records, carpets, cinema, poetry … and the human beings, in all colors and styles.