We are proud to be a part of an international ELLE Decoration family where we share and gain inspiration and ideas from our sister magazines worldwide. With our bosses from Largardère Active France here in South Africa visiting us, we decided to look to France for some creative juice this morning.

Never failing to amaze are Thibault Zimmerman and Luci Thomas, two French graphic designers and artists who make up the partnership Zim&Zou. Taking a step away from laptops and more conventional design, they decided to focus on installations using handcrafted objects made out of tangible materials – such as paper, wood and thread.

Paper is the hero material, using it to create intricate and colourful sculptures.

All elements in their displays are painstakingly crafted by hand, from the drawing to cutting and assembling.  With clients such as Hermes, Time, Washington Post and Microsoft, this dynamic partnership is on our radar.


This year the artists were commissioned to create an installation for Hermès in Barcelona. This display tells the story of a fox who moved into the window with all his personal objects – a window into the fox’s den. Each piece of the window display was made by hand, with the fox using leather offcuts and the interior made of paper.




Window photographs – Nacho Vaquero; for more information visit www.zimandzou.fr