ILL STUDIO – STUDIO VISIT
Issue #9 – The Rebel Issue
Portrait City Series
Art-direction, photography, fashion, film and design are all genres the rule-breaking Ill-Studio evolve in. The studio based in Paris, have worked and collaborated with renowned brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Supreme and Nike. All self-taught, the Ill-Studio team describe it as a strong advantage, “This ‘freedom’ of action is very important in our vision. There’s also a whole lot of things that school cannot teach you such as building a network, dealing with money, talking to very different type of people. Being creative is only 50% of our job”.
With the studio constantly working on new projects, their definitive aesthetic is definitely in demand. Their particular style has found it’s way to galleries, being exhibited in New York, Paris, Stockholm, Madrid and Berlin. Combining genres, crossing borders, changing labels, the Ill-Studio vision remains strong. For 2015 they look to direct more videos, design more clothes, publish more books and work on more exhibitions. As they continue to progress in their work, the bar raises higher for everyone else.
Photos: David Luraschi
What is rebellion to you?
Rebellion is a personal approach of things… Something that makes you want to find an alternative way of thinking or doing things depending on your direct environment. It doesn’t have to be subversive, anti-conformist or against the society… Subversiveness is pretty conformist in 2014.
What is the most important thing you’ve learnt from ‘The School of Life’?
We’ve learnt a lot from the school of life ! We haven’t been to school so we didn’t learn any specific job or skills… Which allows us to do any job. This “freedom” of action is very important in our vision of Ill-Studio.
There’s also a whole lot of things that school cannot teach you such as building a network, dealing with money, talking to very different type of people… Being creative is only 50% of our job.
What was the most enjoyable project you worked on?
Every project we do is a different challenge to us whether it is commissioned or self-initiated. We are lucky enough to be able to work within quite different and interesting creative fields and through various mediums such as publishing, films, fashion, exhibitions…
We consider ourselves as art directors more than artists and our job is to apply our own aesthetic and vision of things to very different type of projects or products. We love the fact that we never know what our next project is going to be. There isn’t a specific type of project that we like doing more than another… It is the diversity of them all that makes our job enjoyable !
What current projects are you working on / what can we look out for?
It is always hard to list projects that didn’t come out yet but let’s say that our main concern is to keep working on many different projects. Direct more videos, design more clothes, publish more books and work on more exhibitions. Again, we are lucky enough to be able to do it all and we really want to keep this privilege as long as possible !