Initially this industrial designer who hails from Châlons-en-Champagne was called Nathalie and headed for a career in marketing. She changed her mind though and decided to study at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris. Eager to launch her career she approached the great Italian designer Denis Santachiara and worked with him for eight months, followed by a collaboration with Philippe Starck, artistic director of Thomson Multimedia, for five years. Based on this great experience she started her own company in 1998 called Matali Crasset Productions. She began working with a series of interior architecture and furniture scenography projects for Red Cell advertising agency in Paris and the HI-Hotel in Nice. She also joined forces with big names in appliances and HI-FI and created furniture and fixtures that can be seen at the Pompidou Center, the Museum of Decorative Arts and the MOMA in New York. In 2006 she was recognized for her work and awarded with the Designer of the Year title at the Salon de Meuble in Paris. In collaboration with FORGE DE LAGUIOLE she designed a knife. Made for the great pastry chef Pierre Hermé, this dessert knife is convenient and has a double function: it cuts cake and serves the slice.
“For a long time I searched for the perfect tool to share and serve my cakes. Matali Crasset created and designed it beautifully. Thank you, Matali. “ Pierre Hermé
“When Pierre Hermé asked me to design a desert knife, I first thought of the gesture. Cutting then serving the slice. My idea was to smoothen the process from one gesture to the next. After cutting the cake, I turn the handle in the palm of my hand and the knife becomes a serving tool.” Matali Crasset.