Mathieu Peyroulet Ghilini wholeheartedly rejects the design principle of “form follows function”. “Sooner or later an aesthetic quality will always find its way into the process,” explains the budding Paris-based designer, who made this aspect the explicit focus of his final-year project as an undergraduate. There, he developed an iron lattice trestle table: the challenge was to design the joints that held the individual parts of the trestle together. The topic of connecting also provided the inspiration for his recent collaboration with Sevrès porcelain manufactory. To this end, he created a large installation, using ropes to tie various pieces of porcelain together – a most unusual concept. Peyroulet Ghilini now has plans to commercialize his subtle, intellectual approach to design assignments, which he also employs as an assistant to designer Pierre Charpin. “Contamination”, Peyroulet Ghilini’s vitreous vases that won him the “Design Parade” competition hosted by Villa Noailles in Hyères in southern France, will soon be available to buy.