French designers Marc Cansier and Chantal Réchaussat came to Hong Kong in 1992 – a year after graduating from École Supérieure d’Art Graphique (Atelier Penninghen) in Paris. Within a year they had set up Marc & Chantal Design, a creative agency specialising in branding. For 20 years, the two, together with Swiss partner Marc Brulhart, have blended French sensibilities with their passion for Hong Kong, gaining an Asian-wide following and opening an office in Beijing.
Marc & Chantal recently designed Hong Kong, French Connections, a coffee-table book commissioned by the Consulate General of France to mark 150 years of relations between Hong Kong and France. Ms Réchaussat said that having been based in the city for two decades has allowed the firm to be part of the story.
What are some of the common links shared by Hong Kong and France?
In terms of people and culture, love of food is an obvious one. Entrepreneurial spirit is another.
What was the most exciting part about doing Hong Kong, French Connections?
This kind of project is rare. Having lived in Hong Kong for 20 years ourselves, we are part of the story, so to support the project and contribute our experience feels both natural and rewarding.
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