UCHRONIA

MORE OF A MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLECTIVE THAN A CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE, UCHRONIA TAKES ITS NAME FROM A 19TH CENTURY NEOLOGISM. DESIGNATING A «NON-TIME» IN WHICH HISTORY IS REWRITTEN, NOT AS IT WAS, BUT AS IT COULD HAVE BEEN, UCHRONIA EMBODIES THE SPIRIT OF A STUDIO FOR WHICH PLACES ARE REINVENTED OUTSIDE OF THEIR FRAMES, ACCORDING TO THE USES AND ADVENTURES THAT COULD WELL TAKE PLACE THERE.

From flats to restaurants and artistic set-designs to boutiques, whether for private construction sites or public in- terventions, Uchronia designs strong spaces with a singular identity. The studio offers a complete creative service, from architecture to layout, including furniture design and visual identity. The variety of projects designed by the agency does little to distract us from one of their trademarks: the nuanced sense of detail and accessorising. Everything is thought out, designed precisely for the specific spaces and made to measure. Collaborating with the best artisans, artists or manu- facturers, each room and space is imbued with craftsmanship and excellence. New creations are mixed with pre-existing volumes and materials; technical ducts, brick walls or strips of old wallpaper, enforcing Uchronia’s preference for reimagining and revitalising over that of renovation.

COLOURS AND LIGHTS, THE TOOLS OF LIFE

A culture of telescoping is also at the origin of the collective and their gathering of young talents, all under thirty, with diverse and international influences. Founded by Julien Sebban, an alumnus of the AA School of Architecture in London - Uchronia is a French manufacturer, but speaks English. Having also spent time in Sydney, Johannesburg, New York and Buenos Aires, the founder of Uchronia has retained a daring style of freedom from his time in the UK. An entrepreneurial spirit defending an open vision of architecture, he founded a protean structure at the end of his studies which soon expressed itself in all fields.

A POST-ARCHITECTURE SPIRIT

Appearing to double time as much as it questions it, Uchronia also designs and publishes a line of furniture and carpets, including Wave, the first collection that undulates like a summer wave. Very colourful, the pieces are made on demand and are a true tribute to French know-how; one of the tables in particular requires more than fifty hours of work. All of them come to life in the Uchronia showroom, which is also the office and home of the agency’s creator. A place of experimentation located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, it brings together a self-published collection and antique furniture, constantly renewed by a team with a passion for flea markets and auctions. The space acts as way to discover or rediscover both design classics and unique pieces that find a new identity through their combination. A site that perfectly sums up Uchronia’s post-architect spirit.