- Who are you?
Design With Sense is a collective of cabinetmakers and architects who design and build interior installations in keeping with two principles at the core of their business: prolonging the life cycle of the materials and valuing the user’s creative ability throughout the project.
- What is your offering?
We have a complete offering: from the design to the completion of interior installations. From concept to completion! It’s important to control the entire process when using recycled materials, which require case-by-case implementations.
First, we have a service offering which aims to optimise spaces using co-creation techniques: individuals who need guidance and to make decisions for a renovation, for example; retailers who want an identity that matches their values (zero waste, eco-friendly, etc.) while ensuring that their commercial space functions well; companies who are redesigning their offices and want to incorporate their employees in the collective dynamic which our co-design approach creates.
At our carpentry workshop in Saint-Gilles, we build wooden furniture with the recycled materials we have on hand (the project is based on lean manufacturing). When it involves a more comprehensive interior renovation requiring additional skills (lighting designer, plumber, electrician, etc.), we coordinate the trades and provide the client with a worry-free service.
- What year did you become an entrepreneur?
- What was the deciding factor for becoming an entrepreneur?
There were many factors, but without a doubt, the main one for Jacques, the original founder, was to provide his work with meaning. For him, that meant handling the materials and more specifically wood, again. Then, a series of meetings created the right conditions to define the project, test it and launch it.
- What has motivated you all this time?
*The desire to become an agent of change in an environment where the classic or linear economy has become an absurdity, in our eyes.
*The duty to take on the responsibility we have to provide the next generations with a more peaceful future. In any case, we want to show them a potential path.
*The need to do what we love with passion and determination while also taking responsibility for what happens to us. We arrive at the workshop and know we’re in the right place and that it’s good to be there.
- In your opinion, what are the main skills you need to become an entrepreneur?
In the beginning, believing in yourself is critical. Contrary to what you often hear, entrepreneurs are not superheroes. They are even fairly ordinary people. On the other hand, they’re optimists who believe in themselves, who knows their strengths and weaknesses and have the ability to gradually identify and mobilise the resources (human, material, financial) needed to consolidate their projects. They are builders of futures, highly creative, and capable of adapting to changes over time no matter how unexpected they are.
- Your motto.
Design better, waste less.
The best way to change the future is to fully take part in it by creating it yourself.