Designer Tour: Marie Christine Dorner

Ligne Roset® and designer Marie Christine Dorner recently toured North America for a conversation series focused on Dorner’s body of work. Beginning at Ligne Roset in San Francisco’s Showplace East, they traveled to Home Société in Toronto, and culminated at Must Société in Montreal’s Griffintown. The discussions attracted the local creative communities for a celebration of international design and collaboration.

The tour focused on Dorner’s people-centric approach to interiors, product design, color, and culture through a Q&A with prominent design journalists: Zahid Sardar, Editor in Chief SPACES (San Francisco); Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Executive Editor AZURE (Toronto); Stéphane Le Duc, Editor in Chief Dress To KILL (Montreal).

Marie Christine Dorner at Home Société in Toronto
Photo Credit: Kylie Thompson

Here are some of the highlights:

Can you tell us about your process for designing a space?

Marie Christine Dorner: My mother was a psychoanalyst and I think I do the same thing. I listen to people. It's me and you and that's how it should be. I can imagine walking into a space, it's easy for me to think in 3D. Then, working on the plan is like a rubix cube, like a Lego. You have to find the solution.


Do you have a central philosophy you practice in your design work?

MCD: I think it's really the people. I had these two foreign experiences, one in Japan, one in the UK and it's very interesting to see that both are islands, and with a very strong character.

I think in Japan I learned how to mix past and present and have a really good sense of harmony between the very ancient time and the present. They can find a really good wellbeing between those two times. I learned clear lines in Japan.

And in Britain it is very different. They have lavish interiors. They can mix up forms and graphic design, the colors in a very interesting way. Sometimes it's a lot, but it's also very interesting and it creates atmosphere. I like that as well.

So, now what I do is not Japanese, it's not British, but I think it's a French touch with an added experience of those two islands. I'm always torn between radical minimalism and lavish interiors. In a way it's straight and in a way it's a lot of things.