Ann grim is a Paris-based designer whose fundamental aim is to weave social, cultural and urban experience with sculptural, functional design. She considers design a medium through which one can convey profound messages, free from the constraints of marketing and censorship. This makes it an essential platform for expression in times of crisis. Her work focuses on economic issues and their impact on our behavior, opening a dialogue through the thought provoking forms of each piece she creates. Ann’s analytical vision lies at the intersection between questions of design versus art, sculpture versus function and mere object versus semiotic mechanism, which gives it a wholly “committed” meaning.
Ann Grim’s collection for Each x Other takes us beyond the unknown and into the water, through twenty thousand leagues of mystery and intrigue. Grim’s ongoing fascination with sharks is at the fore of this collection; pleated silk recalls the animal’s skin and gills while the color palette is reminiscent of the ocean at large. However, she also questions our own relationship with this creature, with geometric patterns, structural forms and chainmail detailing mirroring the cages we use to contain nature’s greatest predator. Consistently inspired by her muse, the shark, the French artist and designer’s work focuses on the predatory nature of mankind and the depths at which we function within a fixed social and economic framework. Man is coursing through the modern age, ready to destroy everything in its path, yet grim maintains that there is the possibility of a turnaround, once we are made aware of our situation.