About Le Bazaar de Leo
Le Bazaar De Leo (LBDL) is an artistic and conceptual lab that creates and design retro-futuristic and hand-crafted machines, sculptures and lights.
LBDL offers an independent way of thinking about mechanical arts, technology and fine collecting objects - no less expertly hand-crafted, but with an industrial design philosophy that seeks to be progressive with a clear graphic aesthetic that is decidedly inspired by the Steampunk and Cyberpunk movement.
Le Bazaar De Leo’s starting point is the decoding of traditional watches and clocks in order to express not the time, but only the notion of the craftsmanship behind watchmaking. Its original concept, summed up by its motto "love the machine, hate the factory", is to replace the conventional way of producing pieces and objects to sustain a business by making it a more artistic and poetic approach.
All the pieces share the same intimate DNA. Quality and storytelling artifacts are the core values and imperatives for LBDL creations, as they are the result of years of research and development.
In 2017, LBDL launched a new collection. The core of the idea behind it was about manufacturing objects at the meeting point of a poetic notion like Time with the endless beauty and mystery around plants and their silent world.
This collection consist of two helical looking plants and one retro-gaming machine.
Thanks to its freedom to think differently, LBDL has already reached international recognition and is open to explore new fields and area for creating and celebrating art, technology and mechanical aesthetics.
Born in Martinique, a French island in the Caribbean, Leo the founder and creative mind behind this, dreamed as a child to be a lawyer. While he was finishing his law school, he wanted to know how to code and started as an autodidact to learn programming. At the same time he felt in love with some aesthetics and designs that he assembled into an automated portfolio assistant that he created and still curating today (Junglegroove.me). All these inspirations that he collected from years led him to start making objects and mastering tools such as wood working tools and 3D printers.
The name Leo is a subtile reference to the multitasking and multipotentialist skills that Da Vinci believed in. Le Bazaar refers to the "Bazaar" software development model unlighted in the essay The Cathedral and the Bazaar (1999) by Eric S. Raymond, one of a founding father of the open source movement.
In this way, Leo tries to assemble both an old and a new context in which mechanical aesthetics meet emerging hardware and software technologies. Leo is convinced that technology might generate strong emotions. He lives the adrenaline rush generated by innovation. He knows that design and computing are primarily the result of human creative genius. And embodies the vision of LBDL which is to celebrate these values by creating trendsetter beautiful machines and sculptures.