Pauline Esparon

Department: Man and Well being


What: An investigation into the untapped potential of flax.

Why: Flax is the natural fibre used to make linen. While it mainly grows in Normandy, most of it is exported to China, where it is scutched for spinning, weaving and tailoring before being exported again. This system contradicts the material’s sustainable properties and local agriculture.

How: Pauline Esparon steps in before exportation and explores the many qualities of scutched flax. Her interior pieces showcase the sheen, softness and expressiveness of the fibre. Manufactured in Normandy, these products diversify the industry and stimulate a local network of production.

“China is the number one client for flax. There is no number two”

Copyright Design Academy Eindhoven

Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Iris Rijskamp