Words by Linsdey Tramuta
Photography by Justin Chung

Olivier Abry, Wo and Wé

Lyon, France

“I had no formal training, though I’ve always liked to tinker,” says Olivier Abry, creator of the eight-year-old lighting collection Wo & Wé. We’re in his studio in a suburb of Lyon, surrounded by offcuts of sheet metal and neatly wound spools of wire. “I learned about the lighting trade by working in it,” he explains. Abry describes himself as a “creator-assembler” rather than a designer, preferring to identify with the artisan or technician. The international design community would disagree, but Abry stands firm. Without that commitment to so-called “tinkering,” Wo & Wé wouldn’t be what it is today.


Full story available in the upcoming Faculty Department Vol. 2 (coming Fall 2019)

Photographed in 2015 – Lyon, France