Folks is a digital gallery featuring a carefully curated collection of contemporary, artisanal objects intended for everyday use, with the aim of highlighting the expertise, originality and singular worlds of a new generation of designers.
Folks was founded with the intention of bringing the importance of handicrafts and artistic creation back into focus. We’re forging a path towards a non-standardized notion of design, in keeping with our personal code of ethics. We’ve recently begun producing our own collections, composed of pieces that we dream up hand in hand with our designers.
Our approach is centered around slow design, self-manufacturing, made-to-order production and local distribution chains. The creations featured on our e-shop are therefore available in very few places or, in some cases, are even exclusive to us.
Folks, that's us!
Two years ago, our shared love of art and beauty inspired us to create Folks, with the goal of turning the world of design on its head by shining a light on young designers!
Thaïs was raised in a family of architects that nurtured her curiosity for the world of decorative arts, and for art in general. After earning a law degree, she naturally turned towards the study of art history and the art market. She expanded her knowledge while working in the field of contemporary art expertise in Paris, refining her skills and sharpening her eye for beautiful objects in the process. But it was in Lyon that the idea for spearheading a new venture with Marie was born, one that would allow her to discover new designers and share her passion and expertise with her community.
Marie, with her strong work ethic, high standards and keen eye, has always felt a deep appreciation for the beautiful pieces she unearths on her travels, which she loves sharing with friends and family. Formally trained as a jurist, she deepened her understanding of intellectual and artistic property law in order to help protect the world of culture that she is constantly exploring. One summer, she found the courage to pursue an idea that had been bubbling around in her and Thaïs’ heads for the last few months: embarking on their shared project. Folks was born.