JEAN-MICHEL WILMOTTE

JEAN-MICHEL WILMOTTE

Jean-Michel Wilmotte is a French architect, town-planner, designer, member of the Académie des beaux-arts (French Academy of Fine Arts) and founder of the practice Wilmotte & Associés and the design studio Wilmotte & Industries.

International, multicultural and multilingual, Wilmotte & Associés and Wilmotte & Industries are based in France, United Kingdom, Italy and South Korea. They unite nowadays 300 architects, urban planners, designers, museography specialists and interior designers of 25 nationalities, all driven by the same passion for exploration, knowledge-sharing and creativity.

For more than 40 years, from Dallas to Paris, from Rio de Janeiro to Seoul, also London, Dakar, Venice and Moscow, Jean-Michel Wilmotte and his team are leading projects all over the world and are working in 20 different countries.

The practice has recently completed the world’s biggest startup campus Station F and the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center in Paris (France), several headquarters - L’Oréal, LVMH (France), Google & JCDecaux in London (United Kingdom), the Ferrari Sporting Management Center in Maranello (Italy), a Convention and Exhibition Center in São Paulo (Brazil), a 36,200-seat Stadium in Nice (France) and an ecological park in Baku (Azerbaijan) for the 2015 European Games. Other recent commissions for the practice include the refurbishment of the Lutetia hotel and Sciences Po campus in Paris, new global headquarters of ArcelorMittal in Luxembourg-city, Bleu Ciel residential tower in Dallas (USA) or UN headquarters for West Africa in Diamniadio (Senegal).

All of these projects follow an approach that is innovative and sustainable at the same time, paying a specific attention to landscaping, lighting, materials and finishes, while being respectful of the local and historic context of the site.

The Wilmotte & Industries design studio, initially an offshoot of the architectural practice, explores the fields of “environment design” and has forged an international reputation in the industrial and object design spheres. Its hallmarks are its “architectural design,” its acute sense of composition, materials and finishes, and sober, purified forms giving the object legibility, coherence, authenticity and a sense of timelessness. The studio is renowned for the design of numerous lighting products (Artemide, Eclatec, iGuzzini, Insolit, Zumtobel), urban furniture (.Hess, JCDecaux, Seri), home and commercial interior furniture (Cristina, Delagrave, Hafi, Holly Hunt, Ligne Roset), cutlery (Forge de Laguiole) and architectural paint (Aplat by Wilmotte).

W&A also shares its knowledge, as well as its high standards and values, with students and young architects by a warding the Prix W. This architectural competition, dedicated to the merge of the contemporary and traditional architecture (architectural grafting), is organized by the Wilmotte Foundation, which awards, publishes and also exhibits its laureates during the Venice Biennale of Architecture in its own gallery.

Since 2010, W&A is one of the world’s 100 largest architectural firms according to WA100, a study published annually by the British Building Design magazine, being ranked 70th in 2018.

The practice has received many distinctions and awards, including several IF design awards.