On the occasion of the presentation of his latest knife creations for Claude Dozorme, Thomas Bastide opened the doors of his workshop to tell us a little more about his work.
Thomas Bastide, tell us about your background.
I was born in 1954 in Biarritz. I think it's important to say that I'm half Basque and half Swedish. My mother is a painter and stylist and my father a writer and musician. I started by studying at the higher school of Graphic Arts in Paris Penninghen, then at Ensaama and the glass school in Seattle. I then worked with Raymond Loewy who taught me a lot. I returned as a designer at Baccarat in 1981, so I celebrated my 30th anniversary, but I also worked with more than 60 brands such as Christofle, Ercuis, Hermès, Henessy or Bleu Nature, Lagostina and now Claude Dozorme.
At Baccarat, you are passionate about crystal. Why do you particularly like this material?
From a very young age, I have been in contact with the expertise of Scandinavian master glassmakers thanks to my origins. You should know that I made my first glass sculpture at the age of 4-5 years. Glass is a passion but beyond that, I like everything that shines and has reflections like silver for example. I like reflection and its power to multiply.
Which of your creations is your favorite?
It's difficult because I have more than 1,200 creations! And when we do something, we always think it's good and I like to move forward so creating the moment is often my favorite. But I really like a vase that I created which has an angular side and a round side as a kind of balance between the masculine and the feminine. It's a funny story, I created it after watching a childhood friend dance in tight jeans. He also bears his name: Coline.
Can you tell us about your collaboration with Claude Dozorme?
I thought of two knives for Claude Dozorme. The first Shadow is a table knife with an asymmetrical and angled handle. In fact, "shadow" is the shadow of the classic Le Thiers knife. So I did not distort this elegant line but I brought it a singular aspect by tilting it. My second creation is called L'Âme because for me, the soul of the knife resides in its blade. I then wanted to highlight it by removing one side of the handle to reveal its structure that starts from the end of the handle and that we normally never see.
Can we know how the interior of Thomas Bastide is?
It's pretty simple with concrete and other raw materials. I am for simple and modest things. For me, luxury should not be seen as it is often the case in Swedish homes. In my apartment, there are few of my creations because they are often fragile. On the other hand, I have a country house which is in fact a workshop house where I keep all my creations.